While we have mastered the art of sustainable fashion and remembering to take our reusable coffee cups everywhere we go, a sustainable interior is something we've yet to tackle...
In fact, there's a whole bunch of stylish brands that are committed to behaving responsibly. Whether that means that their products are made in Ireland by independent artisans whose crafts have been put at risk from mass production, or that they source products from international initiatives in developing countries which commit to paying their workers good wages with benefits. Perhaps they even take old stuff, destined to be ditched as waste, and turn it into something new.
Below we have rounded some of the best sustainable homeware essentials to kit out your kitchen, dining room and more.
H&M Conscious Collection
The H&M group has a strong history of sustainability and, while they still have a journey ahead, the store really is doing as much as it can, thanks to its H&M Conscious collection. Every item in the collection is made from recycled materials and H&M has pledged that it will only use 100 per cent recycled or other sustainably sourced materials in all their collections by 2030. (Above, Patterned cotton tablecloth, €14.99.)
Totem 60L Waste Separation and Recycling Unit, €250, Joseph Joseph at Reuzi
Say goodbye to bowls of food scraps sitting on the sink, farewell to bags of recycling sitting next to the bin. Joseph Joseph has a great array of kitchen gadgets and essentials - this is the perfect 60L solution for households wanting to combine their waste and recycling in one stylish unit.
Savari Drinks Cabinet, €379, Myakka
With a contemporary spin on Fairtrade, Myakka has a varied range of furniture and homeware with something for all tastes. This drinks cabinet uses waxed solid mango wood in a sturdy gunmetal iron frame. It’s from a hugely progressive fair trade supplier in the Indian state of Rajasthan and uses responsibly sourced timber.
Round Dishes, from €22.06, Nkuku
UK based company Nkuku made it its mission to champion handmade products from around the world that are produced and sold fairly. Unlike other ethical brands which operate only online, you’ll find its wares in lots of boutiques and larger shops too. These bowls are handmade in Portugal by a supplier that's been making pottery for a century. They're dishwasher, microwave and oven safe up to 220 degrees celsius too.
Main image H&M
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