Home furnishings can be a minefield for vegans, due to many items featuring wool, silk or leather. Here are some ethical and sustainable options. Read My Happy Place, a guide to humane and sustainable interior design, which includes tips on wall coverings to floor coverings, furniture to fabric, and a special note on nurseries. You’ll learn questions to ask when buying materials, information on suppliers and a glossary of sustainable and vegan certifications. This is a unique resource for creating a kinder, more beautiful way of living. The owner runs sustainable vegan design studio Rachel Fowler Interiors.
These vintage interiors are made in Yorkshire from reclaimed materials, all have unique lumps, bumps, different grain and character. Ideal for local cafes and pubs, these items are made from recycled wood.
Recycled Newspaper Extra Large Bowl are made by skilled artisans in Sri Lanka, from a fair trade supplier Many are homeworkers like mothers and people with a disability, that help to reduce waste and the people who make them.
Bellybambino Seagrass Storage Baskets are ideal to store toys to blankets in various shapes. Seagrass does not like water, so don’t use in kitchens or bathrooms. The Jellyfish Belly Basket has long platted legs to add texture and movement to the basket, watch as he comes to life. Keep tassels away from pets and children.
If using baskets to display houseplants, see pet-toxic houseplants (like lilies, sago palm or cheese plants) to avoid. Never display foliage near windows to gardens, as this can cause birds to fly into windows.
These Dusky Pink Sisal Baskets empower women in co-ops and are made to Fair Trade standards in jute or sisal (we don’t list the leather options). The weaving takes place during the dry season when crops are more likely to fail, so gives essential second income and feed their families, including the livestock.