Online Eco Sourcebook: Home
Our comprehensive guide to the best earth-friendly sites for home.
The husband-and-wife team behind this site named their company 3R after the catchphrase "reduce, reuse, and recycle," and they refer to their vast assortment of cleaning supplies, books, candles, and more as "future friendly." Winnow the selection by searching items under $50, $20, and even $10; plus if you have any questions, they respond to e-mails within 24 hours.
Based out of Austin, Texas, Wildflower hosts an extraordinarily good sweep of offerings, from organic mattresses to bamboo baby socks. A section of one-of-a-kind items is especially worth a look—you'll find pieces as diverse as driftwood candelabra and naturally formed teak tables with whimsical, curling edges.
Done up in subdued shades and crisp floral prints, the bedding and home wares from this e-tailer—owned by friends and graphic artists Nicole Chiala and Kristina de Corpo—hardly look as if they're made in an urban metropolis like L.A. Nature plays a huge role in the duo's designs: Only organic and sustainable materials are used for luxurious-looking offerings like alpaca throws, hand-screened linen pillows, and printed wall panels made of hemp.
Each and every one of Arcadia Home's office and home accessories is artisan-made, and many are from sources as unlikely as littered plastic bags, cotton remnants, and 100 percent wool felt. We're coveting the lush-colored journals that look leather-bound—but are actually made of recycled cotton scraps.
Based in San Francisco, this spot has an exhaustive array of sustainable products, innovative in both their modern designs and forward-thinking materials like reclaimed mahogany and recycled plastic. Check out the Warehouse Sale section for ultra-affordable finds, or sign up for the newsletter to get updates on frequent deals and specials.
Here, even the most mundane of home supplies—sponges, cleaners, and staple cookware—feel earthy and luxurious: apple-and-thyme-scented dish soap, all-natural laundry detergents, and handwoven service ware are among the selection. You can save a product for later by adding it to your "wish list," or head over to the Gift Ideas section to find great stuff for friends and family.
Originally just a resource for letterpress stationery printed with soy-based inks, Elum has expanded into a full-fledged line of artsy wall prints, colorful gift wrap, and fabric-covered journals. Its vibrant paper goods—ranging from boxed sets of stationery to invitations and announcements—can be completely personalized, and best of all, they're all made from tree-free, post-industrial-waste cotton rags.
Gaiam has been turning out alternative health and beauty goods for years, but we love it for its bedding. The line has a host of qualifications: organic, free of pesticides, made with low-impact dyes, etc. And what makes the sets really stand out are the incredible colors and delicate prints.
Karen Young's screen-printed paper-and-fabric pieces—including shams, drawstring bags, and throw pillows—feature tropical-infused drawings inspired by her childhood in South America. Top picks are customizable stationery and calendars made with water-based inks, in addition to scented drawer paper—all packaged in recycled and recyclable materials.
Come here for the most timeless, subtly printed sheets from a line based in Kalispell, Montana. These are 600-thread-count—so they're ridiculously soft against the skin—and are free of synthetic dyes, cleaners, and chemicals.