The 8 Best Places to Buy Sustainable Home Decor Online

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When shopping for furniture and home accessories, style is usually the first thing on the buyer’s mind. But we’re here to argue that sustainability should be a key factor in your home decor decisions, and it doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice beauty. 

You can search for furniture and home goods made of recycled materials, second-hand items, or shop at stores that offset their carbon footprint and/or contribute to organizations that work to save the environment and fight against climate change. With some quick research, you can find out how a company measures up. If a retailer is practicing sustainability at all, you should be able that information clearly stated on its website.

We’ve compiled a list of the sites where you can buy beautiful sustainable home decor. Here are our favorites:

ourCommonplace Home

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modern bedroom with plants and pale neutral bedding

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OurCommonplace vets each one of its brands for ethical practices and sustainability so you don’t have to. Each brand selected must adhere to at least two of ourCommonplace’s six standards: sustainability, woman-owned, toxic-free, ethical, BIPOC-owned, and/or cruelty-free. 

You’ll find pieces that are EnergyStar certified, SMaRT certified, certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and more. The website carries everything from sustainable wax candles to Fair Trade woven throw pillows and beyond.

We also like that shipping is carbon neutral, meaning with each shipment, ourCommonplace invests in energy efficiency, forest restoration, or renewable energy projects that offset the amount of carbon emissions generated. The company partners with 1% for the Planet, which donates 1% of every purchase to organizations that tackle environmental issues.

Jungalow By Justina Blakeney

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Bed with colorful pillows and geometric art prints

Jungalow

If bright colors and fun patterns are your style, Jungalow has just the vibe for you. Jungalow is all about vibrancy and bold decor, perfect for adding energy to your apartment or home. 

Two trees are planted with every order, and the company has planted more than 65,000 trees so far, but that’s not all. Jungalow incorporates organic, natural, recycled, recyclable, and compostable materials wherever possible. The company also works to optimize packaging to reduce single-use plastics and styrofoam.

Made Trade

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minimalist bedroom with wooden furniture and white wall

Madetrade

Made Trade is Carbon Neutral certified, meaning the company is 100% carbon neutral. The carbon emissions of each product’s manufacturing is offset, as well as the delivery of each purchase. The company partners with 1% for the Planet, so you know 1% of your purchase will be donated to eco-friendly causes.

Shoppers can find products that are Fair Trade, sustainable, vegan, made by woman owned and people of color owned companies, and more. The website houses a robust selection of merchandise, from furniture to decor, to bedding and beyond. It's a great place to shop for gifts, with items like candles, vases, planters, and baskets.

Joybird

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Joybird sectional living room

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For the mid-century modern fan, Joybird brings sustainability and style to your home decor choices. You can shop for furniture, art, kitchenware, and more on this site. Items are made-to-order, and some purchases allow for fabric customizations, too. 

Joybird contributes to the non-profit One Tree Planted with each purchase, and the company has planted more than 350,000 trees so far, more than needed have used to make its furniture. That means the company has more than offset its wood usage.

The Little Market

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Intricate triangle pattern picture frames on a self with flowers in a vase.

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The Little Market provides artisan-made, Fair Trade, unique home goods. The company offers women-made products and supports artisan groups that are committed to environmentally sustainable practices. The products sold on The Little Market feature a simple elegance, with lots of whites and neutrals. The style is clean and natural. 

The Little Market enables patrons to shop by cause, so you can browse products that support causes you care about, such as the environment, traditional techniques, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and much more.

Kaiyo

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Kaiyo Furniture

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One of the best ways to shop sustainably is to shop second-hand. Kaiyo understands this, and offers a platform for high-end, pre-owned furniture and home accessories. You can sign up as a seller or a buyer. As a buyer, you’ll browse unique items from brands such as West Elm, Ethan Allen, Drexel Heritage, Restoration Hardware, among others, for bargain prices. We particularly love that the company offers white-glove delivery service, which is an advantage over many other online marketplaces for second-hand furniture.

Buying pre-owned items keeps furniture out of landfills, contributing to a greener planet. So far, Kaiyo has saved more than 2 million pounds of furniture from landfills. Kaiyo plants a tree for each purchase, too.

The Citizenry

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Rattan bench with throw pillow and blanket in front of a window

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The Citizenry offers beautiful handcrafted furniture and home decor from artisans around the world. Many are made with recycled, natural, and organic materials. Look for items that say they are Oeko-Tex (meaning their toxin-free) and/or Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).

All products sold on The Citizenry are Fair Trade and small batch, so you know you’re shopping ethically. You can find everything from unique furniture, to bath and kitchen items, to bedding and rugs. It’s easy to find information on the website on why The Citizenry makes the material selections and stock selections it does. Most of its decisions are grounded in ethical business practices.

SustainAble Home Goods

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white vase with felt flowers

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The name says it all. Sustainable Home Goods strives for sustainability from every angle. The company works with artisan partners who utilize ethical and eco-friendly means of production to bring you the highest-quality, earth-friendly selections for your home. 

Sustainable Home Goods partners with artisan entrepreneurs that help to sustain jobs and support their communities around the world. You’ll be able to read about how each product is made and by whom when you shop around on the site.

What to Consider When Shopping for Sustainable Home Decor

Sustainable Products

When shopping for sustainable home decor, you’ll want to check a few things out before you make your purchase. Search near the product description for any certifications that ensure sustainability. It’s look for organic certifications and non-toxic certifications such as GOTS and Oeko-Tex, and for products that say they’re made from recycled materials. We also love retailers that offer vintage and secondhand goods.

Company Ethos

Next, it’s great to research the company's overall policies on labor and sustainability. Do they strive for carbon neutrality? Do they donate to environmental organizations or participate in 1% for the Planet? Companies will usually list their sustainability goals on their About Us pages.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Is second-hand decor more sustainable than new?

    In almost every way, yes. Buying second hand keeps trash out of landfills, and keeps buyers from contributing to the carbon footprint of a new product’s production.

    However, it can be harder to tell what secondhand items are made from, so they may contain plastics or animal-based materials that some shoppers prefer to avoid. If this is important to you, it may be a reason to buy new.

  • Does sustainable home decor have to be minimalist?

    No! Just check out a few our our listings above, like Jungalow and Joybird. You can still adhere to the style you like, whether it’s loud and colorful, eclectic, mid-century modern, or whatever else you’re looking for. 

Why Trust Treehugger?

To compile this roundup, we considered dozens of companies, ultimately deciding to include companies that strive to give back to environmental causes, work towards carbon neutrality, use recycled and recyclable materials, and work towards other types of ethical production.

This article was written and researched by Nicole Bonaccorso, a journalist who has covered climate, environment, and sustainable living for several years. In her research, Nicole keeps in mind the impact greenwashing has on the market and the buyer, and she is careful to write about only truly sustainable companies that she would consider buying from herself.