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Whether you’re adding a sustainable mirror to your space for functionality or beauty — or perhaps both! — these mindfully crafted mirrors will help you complete your vision.

This guide features everything from rattan wall mirrors to industrial-grade bathroom mirrors to minimalist floor length mirrors.

Note that this guide includes affiliate links, meaning if you make a purchase through some of these links, we may earn a commission which enables us to keep creating resources just like this one. As always, these are brands that meet high standards for sustainability and are brands we truly love — and that we think you’ll love too!

What to Look for in a Sustainable Mirror:

While quality can vary, mirrors are all made from glass, which is generally regarded as a lower impact material. But there are a few more aspects to consider if you’re looking for an eco-friendly mirror.

Search for Secondhand Mirrors

Shopping for pre-loved mirrors keeps existing mirrors out of the landfill while reducing the need for new production. Get tips for shopping secondhand home goods here!

Local Secondhand Options:

  • Local thrift shops and furniture resale stores
  • Estate sales or garage sales
  • Apps like Facebook Marketplace and OfferUp for local pickups

Online Secondhand Options:

While these options are typically priced a bit higher (and may involve shipping fees) they can be more convenient and curated than the above options. These resoruces do all the work of inspection, cleaning, and delivery for you.

  1. Kaiyo is best for big name brands at lower prices. The resale site has gently used, mid-market furniture (think West Elm and Ethan Allen) for prices that are anywhere from 10-85% lower than new.
  2. Chairish is best for unique finds and investment pieces. The vintage site has a stunning, curated selection of everything from art deco mirrors to traditional 19th century mirrors.
  3. Happy Vintage Studio is best for vintage accent mirrors. This “star seller” on Etsy has plenty of one-of-a-kind mirrors of all shapes and sizes — and at quite reasonable prices for vintage, too. You can get the pieces delivered or do a local pickup if you’re near the Virginia-based seller.

Responsible Materials

If shopping new, look for mirrors with eco-friendly frames made from materials like bamboo, rattan, or recycled metal.

Working Conditions & Craftsmanship

The people aspect of sustainability is just as important to consider. Does the brand publish information about how the mirror was made and if the makers earned fair, living wages? If they worked in safe conditions and had benefits? [Read more on ethical production here.]

Where to Find Sustainable Mirrors

Sustainable home shopping isn’t easy, but this guide is here to help! Check out the following vetted sources to find responsibly-made more sustainable mirrors.

1. Ethnicraft @ Urban Natural

Ethnicraft has mastered the art of creating stylish home objects with exceptional craftsmanship over the course of their 25 years in business. Their sustainable mirrors are crafted by artisans using materials like solid mahogany, walnut, oak and bronze.

The brand sources FSC-certified wood and repurposes waste, like recycling leftover wood into things like base material. regularly tests their products to ensure the highest quality

Best for: Elegant, artisan-made mirrors

Price range: $459 – $1439

Black wood floor length mirror made with sustainable wood

2. Made Trade

This woman-owned sustainable retailer curates an exceptional selection of artisan-made small businesses making fair trade mirrors.

One brand, Casa Amarosa is a WOC-owned brand based in India working with Fair Trade Certified and Good Weave Certified partners across the country.

Another brand, Mojo Boutique sources natural materials like rattan and rafia for their free-spirited designs, perfect for a boho aesthetic

Best for: Boho mirrors with all-natural frames

Price range: $70 – $680

Ethical fair trade natural rattan floor length mirror

3. The Citizenry

The Citizenry collaborates with local artisans in various communities from around the world to share their stories and art, paying wages that are double the fair trade requirement. The retailer’s mirrors are handcrafted in Chile by Quilicura Design Studio and in Japan by The Okawa Hinoki Workshop.

Best for: Sleek minimalist mirrors

Price point: $249 – $659

Ethically made mirrors in half moon shape

4. Cisco Home @ Urban Natural

Sustainable furniture brand Cisco Home crafts their heirloom-quality furniture and decor in Los Angeles using durable and mindful materials.

Cisco Home’s industrial mirrors feature metal or fabric frames and some of their mirrors are finished with black rust to give a dark antique vibe.

Best for: Industrial mirrors with a darker feel

Price point: $1550 – $3380

Metal mirror with dark vintage finish

5. VivaTerra

Green lifestyle retailer VivaTerra offers a selection of sustainably-crafted home decor and furniture, including mirrors. Their eco-friendly mirrors are made from reclaimed wood, like their Vintage Fir floor mirrors crafted in the USA by experienced artisans.

Best for: Rustic, farmhouse chic accent + floor length mirrors

Price point: $199 – $2000+

Wooden squiggle shaped sustainable accent mirror

6. Schoolhouse

Crafted with steel frames and finished and assembled in Portland, Oregon to “exacting specifications”, Schoolhouse’s mirrors are designed to last a lifetime (and beyond). Their industrial accent mirrors can be used in living spaces, bedrooms, and even high-humidity environments like bathrooms.

Best for: Modern, industrial aesthetic

Price range: $249 – $999

Metal circle accent mirror on fireplace

7. West Elm – Natural Fiber Mirrors

Furniture retailer West Elm has several accent mirrors made with natural rattan. The natural mirrors blend contemporary shapes with a textured frame for a beautiful modern on the boho interior aesthetic.

Best for: Contemporary mirrors with natural fiber frames

Price range: $229 – $439

Rattan circle mirror hanging above sideboard

More Sustainable Home Decor Guides:

21 Ethical Home Decor Brands to Curate a Conscious Space

Sustainable Throw Pillows for Every Aesthetic

Fair Trade Baskets & Hampers to Store Everything and Anything

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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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