As a young traveller, the sentiment ‘leave no trace’ has been eternally drilled into my head. In short, Leave No Trace represents a way of leaving minimal impact on your environment and reducing the disruption that you create.
It has become an ethos in which I have built my life around and that I am lucky enough to have bought into my new little eco home.
This attention towards environmental impact and ethical production is on its way to becoming normalised with each new company that harnesses transparency and sustainability. Although we’re seeing a small shift in other sectors, I’m fascinated with the way fashion, beauty, and homewares have truly begun to take a turn in recent years.
I’m very ethically conscious about the brands of clothes I wear and how many clothes I choose to buy each year, and this was a principle that I really wanted to build on as I moved into my new space.
Living in a very isolated city and not having too much money to spend, I am somewhat limited in the furniture and homewares that I can buy. However, I wanted to feel confident that all my new purchases were going to have a minimal environmental impact, be fair trade, ethically crafted, or some combination of these criteria.
This was hard.
But, hey. I tried. And I’m very happy to say that my new space is beautifully adorned with quality, eco, ethical, sustainable, or fair trade products – even if I only have a few.
To help you out in your quest for Australian eco homewares, or if you’re just curious to see what’s out there, here’s a list of homewares that I have bought or would be very willing to buy – click the titles to link to the online stores!
Mulbury’s purpose is to help reduce landfill by recycling various materials into homewares. They do so by making their picture frames being made from 100% recycled Australian wood.
Stunning Pelagics of Australia print by none other than Fremantle artist @amokisland
All Armadillo&Co products are handmade, using fair trade practices and natural, sustainable fibres, harnessing the rich history and artisanship of the hands who have created them.
We are so happy with our Armadillo&Co statement rug. It truly does lie lightly on this earth.
ISHKA is an Australian company with a passion for international trade and a deep respect for village communities. Since the early 70s, ISHKA has been working with artisans in developing countries. As a result, they have a huge range of environmentally friendly and ethically-sourced furniture.
Sourced from the Himalayan Mountains, the soft glow of their salt lamps creates a warm energy in any space.
Admittedly, this seagrass basket took its sweet time to get into my arms! The brand, Olli Ella, designs products specifically for nurseries, using materials that are completely safe for all humans – big and little! This earthy seagrass belly basket is also fair trade and handmade. It was worth the wait.
Jute is a rapidly renewable and durable plant fibre. Ethically handcrafted in India, our 100% natural jute rug is fully reversible and biodegradable. It also has sound and heat insulating properties. What more do we need?
Similarly to jute, bamboo is rapidly renewable and is one of the most resilient and durable natural growing materials. Bambu’s homewares carefully combine the unique simplicity of bamboo with contemporary styling and quality craftsmanship.
‘Dippy pot’, as we have thoughtfully nicknamed it, was skillfully handmade in Capra Designs’ Melbourne studio. Capra Designs creates their eco resin pots from water-based resin rather than solvent-based resin, making them that extra bit greener!
Lastly (but certainly not the least), Bondi Wash sustainably and ethically sources all their ingredients.
Bondi Wash chooses organic ingredients where possible and never compromise on quality. Not to mention, they always do what they can to design packaging that enhances the longevity of their products.
I know that our little eco home is clean and that I’m not putting anything harmful on our surfaces. I have also never come across more divine scents — definitely another brand to get behind.
Do you have any favourite eco homewares brands or products? Leave a comment and let me know!