These zero waste home furnishings offer something different to nylon cushion covers, leather sofas and toxic carpets. You may not be able to afford a complete makeover, but when time comes to replace, there are nice inventions on the market.
- Raw Label sells cotton/jute home baskets. Strong and sustainable in 3 sizes, these are made by women’s groups to help gain a better quality of life. If using for potted plants, see toxic plants to avoid near pets (including lilies and sago palm). Never place foliage near windows, to help stop birds flying into windows.
- Tikauo Recycled Cotton Cushion Cover is sent in a biodegradable cover with jute, and recycled paper tag. The Moroccan-influenced geometric design is hand-printed in India, to support artisans with fair wages and good conditions. In 4 bold colours: pink, blue, yellow or charcoal. Wipe clean only. Do not bleach or tumble dry.
- Linen & Stripes (Liverpool) produce beautiful cushion covers to replace leather cushions. Handmade in a range of stylish colours and 2 sizes, they are made with natural linen and cotton, with faux nubuck leather. Custom sizes available.
- Layle & Nenbo makes pretty baskets made from old t-shirts. In black or white, these are crocheted by two sisters, from 90% recycled cotton t-shirts. It’s not sure what the other 5% material is, so if you wash them, use a microfiber catch bag (to help stop synthetic materials like microplastic breaking off in the machine).