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.
Joybird’s made to order furniture is crafted using responsibly sourced materials. With each furniture order Joybird plants tree as part of their give back initiative. So far Joybird has planted over 400,000 trees! Joybird’s has corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, a warehouse distribution in San Diego, and manufacturing facilities in Tijuana, Mexico, this ethical furniture brand is working to reduce their carbon footprint & help grow local communities by providing well-paying jobs, benefits, and a positive work environment. We actually purchased the Simic Media Console and we love it!
West Elm is doing phenomenal things when it comes to fair trade. It’s awesome to see a big name brand taking action, educating people, and carrying fair trade and sustainable furniture, home decor, and more! I love that West Elm really tries to make the furniture buying experience educational for consumers. West Elm’s Responsible Retail Glossary is an incredible tool for shoppers. This glossary breaks down the symbols and vocabulary found on West Elm products including fair trade, artisan made, sustainably sourced, and more. The “Our Commitment” page is incredibly helpful too! West Elm has a FABULOUS line of fair trade and sustainably sourced furniture, bedding, and home decor. Seriously, their choices are gorgeous, although pretty pricey. Shoppers definitely get what they pay for with West Elm. As you’ll see in the home tour video, a lot of our furniture was from West Elm, we were very impressed with the quality of goods and the ethics.
Made Trade is a curated online marketplace for exceptionally designed, ethically made goods. Shop with true transparency and discover responsibly sourced furniture and home goods. Made Trade makes it easy for conscious consumers to shop their values while furnishing their home. Shoppers can easily sort furniture and home goods by Made in USA, Fair Trade, Heritage, Sustainable, & Vegan. The variety of brands Made Trade carries gives consumers a wide range when furnishing their homes and creating their ideal design.
Savvy Rest crafts ethical bedding and furniture using organic and natural materials, while giving back through multiple social impact initiatives. Savvy Rest is an employee owned company which encourages employees to share the values and strive to make a difference. This is a wonderful company that values their customers, employees, and the environment. Savvy Rest increases their environmental impact by partnering with American Forrests to plant five trees with every purchase made.
Etsy is a great way to support small businesses and bring socially responsible furniture into your home. Etsy has a wide range of reclaimed wood furniture. These are a great way to add some sustainable furniture to your home. Look at some of their handcrafted furniture pieces as well. These can be very unique and a great way to add character to your place.
NOVICA partners with artisans around the world and connects customers to fair trade pieces. While NOVICA’s furniture section focuses on smaller items such as chairs, accent tables, and storage, there are some truly unique items that bring culture from around the world the customers home.
When I was furnishing my first apartment in college, I didn’t have the budget to buy from some of the higher end brands. Secondhand stores were great for finding furniture on a budget! Support the circular economy and find those beautiful pieces a new home! This also helps keep furniture out of landfills which is great.