With sustainability such a hot topic right now, it’s easier than ever to buy eco-friendly and chic products for our home – but which ones? Take a look at my top 10 sustainable home products which have the planet front of mind.
We all know that inside air is often more polluted than outside, but it’s not practical to always have the windows flung open. Instead, slick Graphenstone’s eco-friendly lime-based paint on your walls.
It’s the first in the UK to contain Graphene – a material made from inert carbon that helps to absorb nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide*, purifying the air inside your home. The paint is breathable, too, meaning that condensation, mould and mildew can be reduced. Available in more than 1000 colours for interior and exterior, Graphenstone paints cost from £18.56 per litre for Ecosphere White.
[*As the paint cures over its lifetime, Graphenstone lime coatings absorb 5.5kg of CO2 per 15 litres from the local environment where it’s applied.]
A comfy mattress is a must – but if you want it to be eco conscious this is one of the sustainable home products you need!
Check out one of the handcrafted designs from The Pure Natural Collection from The Cotswold Company. Made from chemical-free materials, including unbleached British hand-tied wool tufts. they are available in three designs: The Stow, The Dursley and The Malmesbury. Prices start from £549.
From bottles to bathrooms
With iridescent finishes, it’s hard to imagine the Opus Oceanside tiles are made using recycled plastic bottles, which go through multiple processes to achieve more than 30 variations – from Tessera’s mosaics to the geometric patterns of Zoetic + Devotion.
And, unlike some glass tiles, most can be used on the floor. From £350 per sq m from Opus Bathrooms.
Cleaning more often can mean using extra disposables. Minimise your impact with Bumboo’s tree-free kitchen towel, made from bamboo. £24 for 12 individually wrapped rolls.
It’s not just what’s in the pot that’s special for Cox & Cox’s first paint collection. Rather than being a messy affair, the 2.5-litre tin is easy to wipe and has a latch for a tight seal, so the paint won’t spill or dry out as quickly.
The 16 neutral shades are all virtually solvent and odour free with a low VOC content. Choose matt emulsion, £50 or eggshell, £69.
Want to feel better about the amount of resources that go into a kitchen? Herringbone Kitchens has an answer. Not only does it exclusively use water-based low-VOC paint, timber from managed forests and British species wherever possible, it’ll also plant a tree for every design made. So you won’t only have a beautiful kitchen, you’ll receive a certificate for a tree in your name in the National Forest, a 200sq m regeneration project in the Midlands. Bespoke projects from £25,000.
There was a time when you had to make a special trip to a designer’s studio to seek out a gorgeous unique piece for your home. Fortunately, all you need to do now is browse House of Sui Sui – a treasure trove of artisanal sustainable homeware. High on our wishlist is the Clay pendant light by ceramic artist Unit 89 – handmade, with each featuring an organic pattern of crackles and texture, £630.
For a quartz composite design you can feel better about, look no further than Schock’s Cristadur Green Line range. Each sink is made with more than 99% renewable or recycled materials with natural colours. Once it’s reached the end of its life, it can be recycled and turned into a new sink. Available in graphite black Night and crisp white Day across seven designs, prices on application.
Mini but mighty stove
One of my favourite sustainable home products, Everhot’s 50.8cm-high x 48.7cm-wide x 41cm-deep electric stove plugs into a standard socket, so no flue is required. Designed to provide radiant heat for extended periods, it can be used as a ‘solar dump’ to use spare energy from solar panels. The 20-litre oven can slow cook throughout the day, too. £1095.
Pared-back scandi styles
There’s nothing like teak for making furniture but ordinarily, the trees’ roots would be burnt or discarded. However, the Teak Root range from Indigenous seeks to make better use of the salvaged timber, transforming each into a striking piece that uses the natural shape and flow of the root to steer the design. New to the collection are three softly sculpted pendants: Ara, Vela, and the shown Lyra, each with a unique grain pattern and rustic golden tones, £240 each.