Heading back to college and looking to furnish your dorm or apartment? I know the struggle of wanting ethical and sustainable decor, but also being on that college budget. I actually started The Honest Consumer in college, so I’ve been there for sure. And wanting your place to be cozy, yet sophisticated, and “adultish” is a tricky balance. TBH I’m still trying to figure it out. But for the sake of heading back to school and furnishing those apartments on a budget, here are a few products & home decor brands worth checking out as you furnish your small space on a budget. All the ethical and sustainable home goods in this post are under $100!
Hand-stitched with cotton letters forming the phrase “Namaste In Bed” and a heart made of repurposed cotton sari, this pillow is handcrafted at Rishilpi Development, who have the chance to transform their lives through fair wages for their skilled work.
Sleep safely and sustainably knowing your sheets are made with 100% cotton. PACT sheets are made in a Fair Trade Certified factory. These soft sheets come in a wide range of colors catering to a variety of styles and all the sweet dreams!
Comfort and sophistication are what comes to mind when gazing upon this pillow from Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts. Ethically made using fair trade practices, these unique pillows add a subtle pop of color to any couch that needs a little something extra.
This fair trade basket is handcrafted from jute and recycled cotton sari fabric. Great for storage in small spaces!
Serve in style with this fair trade, boldly patterned salad set. Each is hand-carved in Kenya from olive wood and accented with a batiked cowbone handle.
This blanket was created with love using cotton, sari cloth. Your purchase helps empower + employ. Each one is natural white with colored stitching.
Add a colorful touch to your space with the reversible Recycled Sari Flower Garland. This eco-friendly garland is handcrafted by artisans in Bangladesh.
Dreamy white dreamcatchers handmade by an artisan collective in Katmandu, Nepal are a great way to add a bohemian vibe to your bedroom. Each unique design is made with love.
Trying to create some separation in a small space or art for a wall? The Rope Door Curtain is made from upcycled cotton sari fabric & terra cotta beads for a fun, boho flair.
PACT’s 100% organic cotton towels use zero harmful chemicals and softeners are used because PACT’s minimally-processed cotton is naturally soft and absorbent.
These are great for storage and sustainable style! Made in small batches using recycled glass and reclaimed wood. Great for bathroom or kitchen storage.
Sleep safely and sustainably with an organic duvet cover. Let your skin breathe comfortably while you enjoy sweet dreams. Ethically made SOL is a great choice for investing in a quality duvet cover.
Sometimes all it takes is the right word at the right time to boost your spirits and promote confidence. Hang this simple, yet decorative flag anywhere as a reminder of who you are and that you are worthy of love and happiness. Ethically made in Uganda.
This pillow is crafted by marginalized artisans from MESH. MESH works with leprosy colonies & rehabilitation workshops throughout India, ensuring fair wages & empowering those with limited opportunities due to physical disabilities.
Serve dinner in sustainable style with this pitcher made from recycled glass.Made in small batches, this is not only practical for serving, but is also a piece of art.
This is crafted and hand painted by artisans in Mexico using traditional pottery techniques. Each piece is colorful, lead-free, dishwasher and microwave safe.
Keyhole Votive Candle Holder- $15
This candle holder adds a bit of sustainability to your space. Made of 100% recycled glass this candle holder is a great way to light up your space.
Hand-knotted with love in Haiti this set of coasters makes a lovely touch to your living room. And a friendly + subtle reminder to your guests to use a coaster.
This hand-painted terra cotta planter complete with colorful upcycled sari macrame hanger and terracotta surface tray is great for hanging your favorite plant.
Oh and fun fact, you can check out my college apartment from a few years back here in my apartment tour video! I’ve learned about a lot more affordable ethical home brands since then! For more tips & tricks on conscious home goods check out our Ethical Brand Directory. Be sure to subscribe and follow The Honest Consumer on social media to stay in the know.