6 ethical & eco-friendly homeware brands you should check out
It never hurts to be kind: to others, the environment, and those who make the wares that adorn our homes. To practise mindfulness (and support talented creatives and small business owners!), we've chosen 6 ethical and eco-friendly homeware brands that you should know. Image courtesy of
1. The story behind is a humbling one: its products are proudly designed in Australia by jeweller Julia Denes, and handmade in collaboration with Nepali artisans. This includes a women's co-op in Kathmandu Valley, whose members can generate a primary or secondary income to support their families.
Woodfolk works closely with a Newar family in Nepal, who use generations of old artisan skills to handmake its Wood range. The wood is native to Nepal, packaged in 100% cotton pouches sewn by a women's organisation, and labelled with recycled paper.
2. 's brightly glazed ceramic pieces are all lovingly crafted by Chela Edmunds in her cosy Torquay studio. Infused with a sense of humour (and fun, of course), the Takeawei collection comes entirely from food-safe materials.
Chela recommends repurposing the handmade vessels as planters or desk storage once they've reached the end of their lifecycle. Besides hosting wheel and hand-building workshops in her studio, Chela also runs the , an art collective which celebrates Australian design.
3. Rooted in social consciousness and enterprise, Australian design and lifestyle brand dishes up bold home furniture. It also sells Indigenous art and woven goods, committed to ethical trade with traditional artisans.
Koskela also has an exclusive "War on waste" range, featuring reusable, machine-washable fabrics for everyday life. This comprises of colour-coded bags to separate your groceries - and keep waste to a minimum! Plastic, you are no guest here.
4. Ilona Glastonbury aims to minimise her impact on the environment as she creates beautifully tactile cutlery and dining ware for . She uses materials from the landscape that surrounds her Barossa cottage.
Otti was partly inspired by her friend Peter Hart, who gifted Ilona a wooden spoon. "He told me that he had picked up a seed from a tree, planted the seed, cut a limb off the tree, left that limb to cure in his shed for 10 years, and then made this spoon from the wood. I thought, 'Why isn't everything like this? And why can't we know where everything comes from?'"
View the full gallery on Otti Made here.
5. Laura Veleff began ceramics label, , after making hangers that would allow her indoor plants to catch some natural light. The Melbourne-based potter holds eco-friendly practice close to her heart.
Ceramic hangers like this are fashioned from stoneware and terracotta clay that is dug straight from South Australian ground, or brass sourced exclusively from Victorian distributors. Laura packages her wares by recycling local retailers' packaging waste!
6. "Gentle but effective" is the adage at the heart of , an eco-friendly cleaning and skincare range sourced from Australian botanicals. Their products, ranging from lotions to dog washes, are non-toxic, biodegradable and 99-100% plant-based.
The classic Aussie eucalyptus scent is old-hat. Founder Belinda Everingham chose to focus on unique fragrances after being inspired by Patrick Suskind's novel, 'Perfume'. Signature scents include Tasmanian pepper & lavender, paperbark & lemongrass, and native lemon. All products have been tested on people with sensitive skin.