Affordable Ethical & Sustainable Decor for The Conscious College Student

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!

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Where to Buy Ethical, Sustainable, & Fair Trade Furniture?

As most of you know this guide to purchasing ethical furniture is long over due! I kept waiting until our apartment was “put together” but honestly moving is an expensive process and our place probably won’t be fully put together for a while because we’re spacing out our purchases and choosing responsibly. BUT we do have most of our furniture in! And hunting for ethical, sustainable, & fair trade furniture was tricky! But here are a few places I found! And if you’re interested in watching my apartment tour video to see the specific furniture we purchased click here.

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Ethically Made & Fair Trade Furniture

I wanted to take the time to research ethically made & fair trade furniture, so that we could invest in quality pieces that would last us and feel confident in making these large purchases knowing our furniture way ethically made. Shopping for fair trade furniture can be a big investment we took our time, took advantage of seasonal sales, and learned that some furniture brands have payment plans which allowed us pay through monthly payments. Here's what I discovered and some of the ethical furniture brands we purchased from.

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Recycled Water Bottles Turned to Sustainable, Stylish Table Settings: BottleCloth

Starting to dream up your holiday table setting? BottleCloth table linens are perfect for adding pizzazz with a touch of sustainability. BottleCloth's bold table linens are made out of recycled plastic bottles. 

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Savvy Rest: Natural Bedding & Furniture Safe for Your Home

On my search for ethical home brands, I came across Savvy Rest. I am incredibly impressed with their initiatives. This is a company that values their customers, the planet, and social impact. Savvy Rest creates bedding and furniture using organic and natural materials, while giving back through multiple social impact initiatives. 

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