Although fast-fashion affordable retailers may offer trendy furniture and homewares at bargain-basement prices, it’s important to remember that at some stage, every dollar we spend will eventually impact the environment, whether that be through the practices of the retailer, the manufacturer or the parent company.
However, spending your money with sustainable brands also has an impact – a positive one. So, if you’re feeling the need for some retail therapy, try these shops instead.
Queensland business Bandhini is a one-stop-shop for furniture and homewares and they are committed to using natural materials, eco-friendly dyes and GECA-certified stuffing for their cushions.
Armadillo & Co
Armadillo & Co produce gorgeous rugs that don’t negatively impact the earth. All their rugs are handmade and crafted from natural fibres or recycled materials. They are also committed to fair trade practices and all purchases made from the retailer contribute to local schools in the villages of the weavers who make the rugs.
Planet Furniture make products that are simple yet stylish and sustainable to boot. Their products are handcrafted and made from natural materials, and they try to minimise their waste.
Koala make mattresses, bedding and now even a sofa. The brand is focused on creating Furniture that has a minimal footprint on the earth, and sales of their mattresses go towards adopting koalas and sales of their sofas go towards adopting a turtle. Their mission is to save the environment and our native animals, and 1 per cent of their profits go towards environmental charities.
An innovative Australian design brand, Koskela sell Australian made and ethicaly produced homewares, furniture, lighting and art. The brand focuses on sustainability and producing products that are kind to the environment.
Gingerfinch is an Australian retailer that sells high-quality products that are often handmade and last for years, encouraging consumers to buy less but buy better. The brand’s production materials are recycled, sustainable and dual-use.
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