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Curating a conscious home is a thoughtful process involving much consideration — who made my products, how they were made, and what are they made from — and this guide aims to support you on your journey towards finding ethical and sustainable home decor you truly love.

What is Sustainable Home Decor?

Sustainable home decor includes any home decor that is made in a way that takes into consideration both the makers and the planet. Sustainable home decor will be ethically made using eco-friendly and natural materials. Eco-friendly decor will also be produced using sustainable supply chain practices. This includes using renewable energy and recycled or compostable packaging.

While there are numerous sustainable home decor brands, some of which are featured below, first consider what’s already been made in order to prevent contributing to new waste. Secondhand, used, or DIY home decor options are typically more sustainable than buying new.

What is Ethical and Fair Trade Home Decor?

Ethical and Fair Trade home decor is produced in a way that adheres to Fair Trade standards and is, ideally, Fair Trade Certified. Fair Trade means paying artisans and makers a fair, living wage and providing ethical working conditions. Ethical home decor also includes supporting goods made by artisans using traditional heritage techniques and art forms. Many cultures around the world are at risk of losing their age-old artisanal crafts forever in the age of mass manufacturing.

It’s important to note that sometimes a major brand may use an “eco” fiber while still supporting irresponsible labor practices, and excessive production amounts that inevitably lead to a lot of waste. This is not true sustainability in my mind!

Most artisan-made home decor is ethically produced and directly supports the makers. However, it’s important to check if a brand or marketplace is transparent about their business practices to ensure they are ethical or Fair Trade.

Where Can You Find Sustainable Home Decor?

In terms of environmental sustainability, looking secondhand and vintage is always a great first place to look for sustainable home decor.

But if you’ve scoured those options and haven’t found what you’re looking for and/or if you’re looking to financially support artisans and traditional crafts around the globe, this shopping guide is designed for you. You’ll discover many brands with artfully designed and artisan handmade goods for furnishing any space among this list of decor brands.

All of the brands in this guide use natural and/or recycled fibers and avoid the use of virgin synthetics like polyester; however, some brands do use materials that are not the most environmentally-friendly option on the market, such as conventional cotton.

And of course, I wanted to choose brands that followed slow, thoughtful production practices, prioritizing artisan handmade over factory labor and quality over quantity.

So without further ado, here are my favorite small-batch, artisan-made, and ethical home decor brands.

Note that this guide includes partners affiliate links — as always, we only curate brands vetted for sustainability that we love (and that we think you’ll love too).

1. Made Trade

Categories: Baskets, Rugs, Pillows, Blankets, Lighting, Wall Decor, Office Accessories, Candles

Made Trade is your one-stop shop when it comes to eco-friendly home decor. Their extensive offerings include products that are handcrafted, recycled, locally made, and/or vegan. Everything they sell is ethically and sustainably made and they focus on featuring products from BIPOC-owned or women-owned brands.

Our top picks are Zuahaza, Studio Variously, Kiliim, and Village Thrive.

2. The Citizenry

Categories: Baskets, Planters & Vases, Tabletop, Wall Decor, Mirrors

The Citizenry partners with artisans around the world, ensuring safe conditions, fair wages, and offering grants to their artisan partners so that they can expand their businesses.

Their online collection features small-batch artisan-made home goods made from locally-sourced and natural materials like palm leaves and indigo dyes.

3. Minna

Categories: Pillows, Baskets, Kitchen Textiles, Tabletop, Rugs, Throws & Blankets

Minna is one of the most beautiful fair trade home decor brands I’ve come across! The on-point aesthetics are swoon-worthy and each and every single piece is produced responsibly by masker artisans using traditional craft techniques. The brand partners directly with skilled weavers, craftspeople, and artisan collectives from countries around the world who use only natural materials and natural or toxic-free dyes for their hand-loomed and handcrafted goods.

4. Urban Natural

Categories: Accent Pillows, Tabletop, Lighting, Wall Art & Mirrors, Blankets & Throws

Eco-friendly home retailer Urban Natural is on a mission to curate high-quality furniture (and other home goods) built with quality and free of toxic chemicals. Urban Natural carries several sustainable home decor brands, including artisan brands Ethnicraft and Jaipur Living as well as ethically USA-made brands Farmhouse Pottery and East Fork.

5. Collectiviste

Categories: Lighting, Baskets, Kitchen Decor

If decorative lights are what you’re looking for, Collectiviste is a must. They have a stunning selection of floor, table, and ceiling lamps and light shades, perfect for eco-friendly room decor. Collectiviste also offers a curated collection of home decor goods such as decorative plates and storage baskets. Everything at Collectiviste is created by global artisans, and handcrafted using natural and sustainable materials.

6. GOODEE 

Categories: Pillows, Lighting, Wall Decor, Planters, Baskets, Blankets, Candles

GOODEE is an ethical marketplace featuring numerous sustainable artisan brands and designers. You’ll find a variety of beautifully crafted home decor goods to suit a wide range of styles. Goodee is a Climate Neutral and B Corp Certified company. They publish an annual impact report so you can easily ensure their business practices align with your values. 

Our favorite brands on Goodee are Texidors, Baba Tree, Makaua, and Tensira

7. Healthier Homes

Categories: Rugs, Lighting, Tabletop, Baskets, Wall Decor & Wallpaper

Founded after years running an award-winning healthy home building firm and publishing a book by the same name (Healthier Homes) this retailer is a go-to online destination for finding non-toxic home goods. The eco-friendly home decor on Healthier Homes is primarily made with natural materials like clay, cotton, seagrass, mango wood, and bamboo,

8. MagicLinen

Categories: Curtains, Kitchen Linens

Linen is an exceptional material for home decor — there’s a reason we say “kitchen linens!” It’s natural, beautiful, and is often high quality.

I purchased a set of linen curtains from Magic Linen one year ago and they remain one of my favorite home decor pieces. The fabric they use meets the OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100, meaning its been tested for harmful substances.

Warm hued yellow and beige linen bedroom home decor

9. Passion Lilie

Categories: Pillow Covers, Table Linens

Passion Lilie is a fair trade fashion and lifestyle brand with ethically made, zero waste throw pillow covers made from leftover production fabrics. It’s always exciting to see brands implement creative ways to reduce textile waste, and Passion Lilie does it beautifully with their uniquely patterned home decor!

Each pillow cover is made by Passion Lilie’s partners in India who pay living wages and ensure a safe working environment. Beyond this, the brand supports efforts to enable artisans to continually develop their skills and creates opportunities for community development.

10. 54kibo

Categories: Throw Pillows, Wall Hangings & Artwork, Mirrors, Baskets, Rugs, Lighting

A destination for modern African artisanal decor, 54kibo curates a stunning selection of ethically made home decor. The pieces on 54kibo are made with time-honored techniques using locally sourced materials with rich histories. The designs are exceptional, but the stories behind them make the pieces beautiful additions to your home beyond the surface.

More Sustainable Home Guides:

21 Sustainable Furniture Brands to Furnish a Conscious Home

14 Eco-Friendly and Zero Waste Kitchen Products

17 Swaps for a Low Waste, Sustainable Bathroom

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Hawaiian Electric and Other Defendants Reach Tentative $4 Billion Maui Wildfire Settlement

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In a lawsuit over the Maui wildfires of August 2023, Hawaiian Electric and other defendants have tentatively agreed to a settlement of more than $4 billion.

The proposed deal, which has not yet received final approval, would settle the lawsuits of thousands of businesses and homeowners against the island’s utility, Hawaiian Electric, said people familiar with the agreement who were not authorized to speak about it publicly, Bloomberg reported.

The devastating wildfires killed 102 people, damaged or demolished 2,207 structures — most of them residential — and caused approximately $5.5 billion in damages.

Buildings continue to smolder days after a wildfire gutted downtown Lahaina, Maui, on Aug. 11, 2023. Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Other defendants in the lawsuit include the state of Hawaii, Charter Communications and Maui County, reported Honolulu Civil Beat.

On July 9, a committee of Maui County Council members passed a resolution to authorize the approval of a global settlement, with a vote by the full council on whether to adopt it scheduled for Friday.

“There are discussions, but to my knowledge, nothing’s happened,” said Rick Fried, an attorney for Maui County, as Honolulu Civil Beat reported.

Someone familiar with the talks commented, “It’s not a done deal. The situation is very much in flux.”

There are nearly 500 lawsuits pending with thousands of potential plaintiffs, but it is unknown where they stand with regards to the proposed agreement.

A complication is that insurers have paid billions in wildfire claims worldwide, for which they have filed for reimbursement.

Bloomberg said lawyers for the insurance industry are seeking $2 billion in reimbursement from the settlement for claims previously paid, according to the anonymous sources. In response, an offer was made by plaintiffs for $600 million, but it wasn’t known if it had been accepted by the insurers.

Shares of Hawaiian Electric rose by up to 43 percent on Friday, the highest since August of last year.

It remained unclear how the settlement’s liability would be divided between the governments and companies, according to the anonymous sources. They said Hawaiian Electric was liable for roughly $1.5 billion, but the shares of other companies were still in the process of being finalized. Some sources said the proposed settlement would be paid over a span of four years, reported Bloomberg.

The amount that would be paid from the settlement to homeowners and businesses was also still unknown.

The tentative agreement was reached through mediation sessions ordered by the court, but the judge had yet to sign off on it.

Hawaiian Electric was lambasted for not turning off power in the face of warnings of gale-force, dry winds settling the stage for critical fire conditions in August of 2023.

Since the disaster, the power company’s credit has been reduced to “junk,” limiting its ability to raise capital and causing a loss of over half its market value.

The utility acknowledged that electric power lines were downed and power poles snapped by the intense winds, which caused a small fire near Lahaina on August 8. But executives for Hawaiian Electric said the blaze was extinguished by firefighters, who left the site. That afternoon, a fire flared up there after the electric company had shut off power.

The county sued the power company, saying it had not properly prepared equipment for the possibility of wildfires. Hawaiian Electric’s countersuit put the blame on the county.

County officials declined to disclose the deal’s amount, but local news reports said they were open to “a negotiated settlement,” as Bloomberg reported.

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California Officials Praise Renewables, Battery Storage for Grid Resilience Amid Heat Wave

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After a few weeks of heat advisories and even devastating wildfires, California’s power grid has faced minimal disruptions. Officials are praising the state’s long-term focus on renewable energy infrastructure and battery storage for enhancing grid stability, even in the extreme heat.

“This was a good early test that we passed in very good shape,” said Elliot Mainzer, president and CEO of California Independent System Operator (CAISO), as reported by The Sacramento Bee. “Investments in new clean energy and in dispatchable battery storage played a major role.”

As Dede Subakti, vice president of system operations at CAISO, explained on the company’s website, increasing temperatures can strain power grids. In addition to more households cranking up the heat and using more power, high temperatures over 90 degrees Fahrenheit can also cause power plants to operate less efficiently, the Union of Concerned Scientists explained on its blog.

These issues can cause energy demand to exceed supply, leading to outages that put communities in more danger from the extreme temperatures. Grid operators may also trigger rotating power outages to different communities to reduce the strain on the grid and avoid larger, longer-lasting power disruptions.

But clean energy resources can improve grid resiliency by providing stored energy, and solar power can meet energy demand where it’s needed, alleviating some of the demand on the grid.

California is a leader of renewables in the U.S. As of 2023, about 54% of the state’s electricity generation came from renewables, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). California has set a target to reach 60% renewables by 2030 and 100% renewable energy by 2045.

In recent years, rolling blackouts have been an issue across the state during more frequent and intensifying heat waves. But California’s investments in renewable energy are helping to curb these outages.

“California’s power grid held up against prolonged record temperatures because of new clean energy resources, more battery storage, and enhanced coordination with state government — and the grid was also able to export energy to other states in need during this heat wave,” Subakti said.

The California Independent System Operator control room in Folsom, California on Sept. 21, 2022. California ISO / Facebook

Earlier this year, in May, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced record solar power output, which reached 18,933 megawatts on May 13. This was a 20-fold increase compared to 2012. According to the governor’s office, clean energy exceeded grid demand for a record 34 days at the time.

As ABC7 News reported, officials have warned that extreme weather, like heat waves, will still pose threats to the grid without more actions to address the impacts of climate change.

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5 Petite Sustainable Fashion Brands with Clothing Designed for Smaller Frames

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Size inclusivity must be embedded into the sustainable fashion movement — but we have a long way to go and a frequently requested category is petite sustainable fashion for individuals who are under 5 ft 4 inches.

I must say that it wasn’t easy to find eco-friendly and ethical clothing brands that catered to those with shorter and narrower frames, but below you’ll find 10 brands who have specifically proportioned their clothing for petites with different pant and sleeve lengths, shoulder lengths, armhole heights, and more!

The price range is $ = most garments under $100 | $$ = most garments $100 – $200 | $$$ = most garments over $200

Note that this guide includes affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission if you choose to make a purchase through some of these links. As always, all brands featured meet our sustainability standards and are brand we love, that we think you’ll love too!

1. Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher is a leader in the sustainable fashion world with their timeless garments slow-made with ecologically-minded fabrics, like organic linen and organic cotton. With the brand’s classic relaxed-fit designs and exceptional quality, Eileen Fisher’s pieces are sure to last the test of time. The slow fashion designer label also has extended sizes, offering a pretty extensive collection of both plus and petite sizes.

Price Range: $$ – $$$

Size Range: PP – PL

2. Christy Dawn

Known for their dreamy dresses in lovely hues and feminine prints, Christy Dawn is a Los Angeles-based slow fashion label with style and sustainability both at the forefront. The brand uses organic cotton and has been investing and partnering directly with farmers to source beyond organic regenerative cotton too. Their petite styles feature shorter hems and smaller proportions.

Price Range: $$$

Size Range: PXS – PXXL

3. Petite Studio

“The first indie brand just for petite women”, Petite Studio produces their garments mindfully, following high standards for quality, fit, and ethics.

Petite Studio’s only factory is owned by the founder’s family friend and is located in her hometown in Jiangshan, China — this ensures better transparency and quality.

Unfortunately the brand uses polyester for many pieces, but they do have some natural fiber options and a natural fabric collection.

Price Range: $$

Size Range: XXSP – LP

Woman wearing slow fashion petite clothing from Petite Studio

4. EcoPetities

Crafted with sustainably-sourced fabrics like hemp and organic cotton and designed for smaller frames, EcoPetites is a brand of eco-friendly clothing for petites. EcoPetites also uses low-impact fiber-reactive dyes.

The brand creates comfy loungewear and activewear in small batches in Minnesota where the founder lives.

Price Range: $$

Size Range: XXSP – XLP

Magenta dress from eco-friendly petite clothing brand

5. Universal Standard

Universal Standard is breaking down the size barriers in the fashion industry with their inclusively sized garments. The brand has clothing in sizes ranging from 00 – 40 as well as clothing proportioned for petite sizes.

The brand even has a program where you can exchange a product for free if your size changes within one year, called the Fit Liberty Collection.

Note: Universal Standard does not offer much transparency into production processes; they are included in this guide due to their revolutionary size inclusivity and attention to fit, quality, and inclusive representation.

Price Range: $$

Size Range: 0 – 40 Petite

Petite black shirt and petite jeans from Universal Standard

Secondhand Petite Clothing Options

ThredUp

ThredUp is the ultimate resource for all-things secondhand — including pre-loved petite-sized clothing. With tops, jackets, activewear, denim, skirts, dresses, and more, ThredUp is an impressive resource for finding any style of petite-sized clothing you’re looking for.

Price Range: $

Size Range: XXSP – 3XLP (some 4X & 5X options, though not many)

Explore ThredUp’s Petite Collection

Poshmark

Another large online resale site, Poshmark has plenty of secondhand clothing in petite sizes to choose from. Poshmark operates as a peer-to-peer marketplace, more similar to eBay, so you will be purchasing directly from another individual. So, there isn’t as much quality control, but there are a lot of gems to be found!

Price Range: $

Size Range: XXSP – XXLP

Explore Poshmark’s Petite Collection

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