By Jacky Parker
It's a minefield. We get it. So we've rounded up some of the brands we love who are treading lightly - and stylishly - so it's easier to choose wisely.
COOL CURTAINS AND BLINDS
Head to Stitched for made-to-measure curtains and blinds, in a colourful range of fabrics made from a mix of flax, wools, cottons, upcycled silks, hemp and recycled plastic bottles.
The recycled fabrics are dyed and spun in Yorkshire mills and the made-to-order products are stitched in its Merseyside workshop. With a mission to offer a new generation of textiles: zero landfill, earth-friendly, recycled and made with the best possible fibres, Stitched is a refreshing new kid on the curtain block.
Made entirely from up to 3000 recycled plastic bottles and with the soft feel of wool or Jute, Weaver Green rugs are machine washable, moth proof, easy to clean, and hardwearing. They're great for use indoors in kitchens, bathrooms or, hallways and outside on garden terraces and in summer houses.
There's also a wonderful selection of hammam throws, cushions, bags and pet beds.
These beautifully bold wallpapers by Transylvanian company, Mind The Gap, are not only well designed and elegantly eye-catching, they're made with FSC Grade wallpaper from managed forests, and printed with eco-friendly inks.
There are over 100 cool and quirky prints to choose from, each guaranteed to turn your walls from meh to marvellous in minutes. Each roll is 52x300cm, £150 for a box of 3 rolls, available at banbayu.com
Head to Lapuan Kankurit forbeautiful blankets and throws, bedlinen, cushion covers, kitchen, dining and bath textiles as well as scarves and bathrobes you'll want to keep and love.
Designed by a team of young and forward-thinking designers, this fourth generation, company from Finland makes its products on a jacquard linen and wool weaving mill that's been in the same family since 1917, using traceable and sustainable, high-quality linen, wool and cotton.
Made with a combo of Tencel (a super-soft eco-friendly yarn made from Eucalyptus and other plant pulps) and long staple cotton, Undercover's bedlinen is a cool and conscious option.
There's a choice of three stylish duvet sets: Lido, Ponto and Jane, with a variety of co-ordinating fitted sheets and pillowcases, which can be mixed to create your own set, so you can nod off in no time, knowing your bedlinen is stylish and sustainable.
The latest collection of homewares from pattern pioneers, Patternity, is a collaboration with Zambian artisans, Tribal Textiles, who use a traditional hand painted, starch batik technique.Influenced by the textures seen in the surrounding area, such as tree bark, elephant skin and hot earth, Patternity founders, Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham, worked with Tribal Textiles to create a series of crackle pattern, geometric prints.
Applied to cotton cushion covers, table runners, throws, bags, aprons and oven gloves, in a selection of contemporary colour combos (monochrome, dusk pink, blue dawn and elephant grey), the result is a series of bold and beautiful handmade homewares.
Mater's new showroom popped up during Clerkenwell Design Week in May this year, but this aesthetically appealing, Scandi eco brand is available online, too. The Nestor chair is a great example of its wares. The simple design is crafted with FSC-certified beech wood, hemp fibre, paper cord and linen, and shows that ethical and elegant can go hand in hand.
Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites
A long-time contributor to Livingetc, as a member of the team, she regularly reports on the latest trends, speaking to experts and discovering the latest tips. Jacky has also written for other publications such as Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home, Red, Grand Designs, Sunday Times Style and AD, Country Homes and Interiors and ELLE Decoration.
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