We swapped out our incandescent light bulbs for high-efficiency halogen ones years ago, and we always sip our iced coffee with a metal straw, but we know there’s always more we can do to make our home more eco-friendly. Luckily, more companies than ever are committed to minimizing their impact on ol’ Mother Earth, which makes going green a lot easier. Check out these seven products that are gentle on the environment without compromising style or function.
7 Eco-Friendly Home Products That Prove Green Is Chic
1. Blueland Cleaning Products
Avoiding harsh chemicals by opting for natural cleaning supplies is only half the battle. The single-use plastic containers that many household cleaners come in are still a huge environmental problem, which is why Blueland’s philosophy is so brilliant. Buy the nontoxic Clean Essentials Kit once and simply reuse the “forever bottles” by mixing a $2 refill tablet with water—and help keep more than 100 billion single-use containers from ending up in our ecosystem.
2. Tidawave Net Bag
Leave it to the Parisians to turn something so simple into a must-have accessory—they’re the ones credited with popularizing the utilitarian net bags you keep seeing on Instagram. Obviously these bags are superior to plastic, but they’re also just as sturdy as canvas totes while being much lighter and more compact. Keep a few Tidawave net shopping bags on hand for your next trip to the patisserie…or Trader Joe’s.
3. Lovewild Design Shampoo Bar
South Brooklyn’s Lovewild Design is stocked with sustainable, locally made goods, and our latest obsession is this vegan and cruelty-free shampoo bar. It’s made with nourishing organic ingredients like coconut oil and Irish moss; it contains no questionable stuff like parabens, phthalates and artificial ingredients; and it comes wrapped in a reusable fabric bag.
4. Bamboozle Compost Bin
Composting and apartment dwelling may have seemed like an impossible combo in the past, but now it’s totally doable thanks to efforts by the city and well-designed countertop bins. The Bamboozle compost bin has a compact and sleek design, plus charcoal filters that absorb odors (a must). Once it’s full, simply drop your biodegradable food scraps at your local greenmarket.
5. Eskayel Rug
This New York–based textile design studio uses eco-friendly methods, including water-based pigment ink, regional production and sustainably sourced materials. While the Nepalese made-to-order Nairutya raspberry flat-weave rug is an investment, 1% of the purchase is donated to environmental organizations—as with all of Eskayel’s products—so you’re not just beautifying your home, you’re helping protect the planet.
6. Coyuchi Organic Towels
Coyuchi has been doing organic linens and towels since 1991. The California-based company is committed to using the most innovative and environmentally sustainable materials and methods to create its products. And if that’s not reason enough to splurge on a set, the fact that these towels are crazy soft and absorbent should be.
7. Made Trade Furniture
As the queen of green you deserve a gorgeous throne—or at least a thoughtfully crafted accent chair from Made Trade, an online shop dedicated to ethical practices. This Masaya & Co. arm chair is made with sustainably harvested teak and handwoven nylon manila cord. Like all of Made Trade’s products, it is vegan and abides by fair-trade standards. Made Trade also takes pride in supporting age-old techniques, traditions and art forms that would otherwise be in danger of being lost forever. Oh, and for each product sold, Masaya & Co. plants 100 trees.