Yes, it’s possible to do good things for your apartment and for the earth—and do it with real style. By shopping brands and retailers who specialize in sustainable, eco-friendly home design, you’ll be doing your small part in the movement to protect our planet from the constant siege of human forces that are stressing it out to the max. (This might sound earnestly hippie, but it’s a really BFD.)
But back to your apartment: These 10 home decor finds are all functional, cool, and well-designed in their own right. The fact that they were crafted sustainably is just a bonus as far as we’re concerned. And every time you see that ottoman or table, you can congratulate yourself on doing your small part to better the planet by buying chic-o friendly stuff for your home.
This gorgeous mirror is made with recycled bottle glass and 70-percent recycled hand-forged steel.
Fascination Oval Mirror in Kolorado, $399; at 2Modern
This lightweight super-comfy chair is made of eco-friendly polypropylene and works great at kitchen tables, desks, or even as an offbeat addition to a living room.
Mid-Century Slope Chair in White, $147; at Dot and Bo
Made from locally sourced barn wood and rolled steel, this custom stool has a badass industrial vibe.
John Beck Paper & Steel Shotgun Stool, $900; at 2Modern
This amazing speaker is made of recycled paper pulp and plugs into your phone or computer to amplify sound. That's what we call #thefuture.
Full Circle Speaker, $45; at Dot and Bo
Pick up a pair of consigned electric-pink vases to bring some '70s brightness to your living room.
Mid-Century Neon Lucite Pair of Bud Vases, $200; at Chairish
Bring a cool graphic touch to your living room or bedroom with this one-of-a-kind ottoman upholstered in surplus jute bags previously used to transport organic coffee.
Gus Upcycle Ottoman, $425; at 2Modern
Secondhand furniture is intrinsically good for the environment in that you're directly reusing and recycling an object. This gorgeous hand-carved wood stool is a stylish, sustainable steal.
Carved Elephant Milk Stool, $150; at Chairish
This weather-worn wood tripod lamp is made of reclaimed elm and will add rustic modernity to any living room it graces.
Reclaimed Elm Floor Lamp, $255; at Viva Terra
American-made with eco-friendly hemp, this pillow is neutral enough to go with any couch, bed, or chair—but subtle neon stitching makes it un-boring.
Clematis Pillow with Neon Coral Stitch, $152; at K Studio
What's greener than a recyclable planter that you can actually put plants in? P.S.: This one's made of the same materials used to build bridges and skyscrapers.
Planterworx Thornton Tapered Planters in Steel, $299; at Design Within Reach