Online Eco Sourcebook: Home
Our comprehensive guide to the best earth-friendly sites for home.
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.
Progressive design is the stock-in-trade at this Philadelphia-based site, where each item is as exquisite as it is functional. Origami tables fold and unfold, cork floor tiles can be coated with waxes and stains, and a serpentine lamp twists to fit any space. We also love how serious Mio is about each item, supplying several accompanying photos and a lengthy description of the designers' philosophy, materials, measurements, and environmental quotient for everything.
Polished surfaces paired with solid colors render all of designer Amy Adams' pieces of earthenware—whether they're mod, spaceship-like hanging plant pots or tongue-in-cheek boy/girl napkin rings—contemporary and chic. Her garden, lighting, and tabletop items as well as wall hangings are all low-impact and handcrafted in Brooklyn using nontoxic finishes and by-products.
The handblocked sets from this fair-trade, organic bedding company are inspired by vintage textiles and wallpaper. The results, rendered in wonderfully vivid colors, are charming and clean-lined in equal measure.
Featured in the April 2009 issue.
Featured in the April 2009 issue.
Founded by earth-friendly design consultant Mona Ying Reeves, re:modern has something for every corner of the home. Plus, the user-friendly website is anything but overwhelming, boasting a simple-but-smart glossary for environmental terms, as well as products like rubber doormats, disposable bamboo utensils, and sustainably harvested birch side tables all sifted by theme ("small spaces," for instance), designer, and price.
Spencer Peterman carves bowls so shiny and smooth that they look like giant beach-strewn seashells. In fact, he crafts them from wood found deep in forests, salvaged from fallen trees. His Massachusetts-based site offers a wide range of sizes and textures (cherry, spaulted maple, and black walnut among them), with one-of-a-kind cutting boards, tables, trays, and servers also in the mix.
Manhattan artist Susan Connor's eye-catching paper goods—desk notebooks, ringlet jotters, and more—feature fantastical designs printed with vegetable inks on completely recycled paper. Even her blank notecards are simple yet brilliantly cheery.
A tangerine-colored daybed, sleek-lined benches for the outdoors, and recycled aluminum chairs designed by Philippe Starck are just a sampling of the slick, modern furniture here. For affordable—but equally stylish—options, click over to the Accessories and Sale sections. As a bonus, each product on the site is given a helpful green rating based on a list of such qualifications as materials, recyclability, and packaging.
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.