Haute not hippie: 5 eco-luxe home brands you’ll love
Shop with a conscience – 5 eco-luxe brands you need in your life right now. No crystals, or itchy fabrics anywhere.
Can something be beautiful and kind the planet? Hell yes. Gone are the days when eco-conscious fashion and homewares have a whiff of lentils and feel rougher than a pair of jute knickers. Today it’s less hippie and more haute. The killer combo of technology and creativity has seen phenomenal shift in attitude from designers and shoppers are feeling the love for the planet too – largely because it looks so good.
But where do you begin? No need to spend hours going down a Google rabbit hole, I’ve discovered 5 eco-friendly, ethical brands with products that look as fab as your conscience will feel in Reading. Field & Hawken is a homeware and furniture store just outside the town centre that’s fully committed to the cause.
We’ve all come to realise that plastic is not so fantastic. A shocking 35 billion plastic bottles find their way into our seas each year and over 90% of all marine birds having plastic deposits in their stomachs. Thanks to Tasha and Barney Green of Devon-based Weaver Green, they’ve created Scandinavian and Asian-inspired throws, rugs, dog beds and bags, made out of single use plastic bottles and repurposed into soft textiles that can be used indoors or outdoors.
The genius bit, is that the entire range is washable and immunes to muddy paw prints, crayons and red wine *hic*, so you have more than half a chance to have a nice home and allow the chaos of family life to continue. The throws are pretty big and priced at a reasonable £45 and the rugs start at £138. That’s said, if they practically indestructible, so worth paying.
LITTLE GREENE PAINT CO
There’s nothing more transformational than slapping paint on the walls to scratch that home revamp itch. Damn you Changing Rooms. Traditionally paint hasn’t been that kind to the planet, but Little Greene is a brand that has been eco from the start and achieved the European environmental standard in 2004. All of Little Greene’s water-based paints contain virtually zero VOCs and all oil-based products use sustainable vegetable oils. They ate are also the paints are manufactured on the outskirts of Manchester and continue to use natural pigments and resins to make high quality colours. Field & Hawken is an official stockist and are wizards at helping you choose delicious colour combinations.
Urgh! Is there anything duller than washing up. But even as the dishes pile up in the sink, it’s good to have good intentions. So these pretty LIGA eco-friendly dishcloths (£6.95 for two) are right up out street. Available different designs, the cloths are made from cellulose and cotton and 100% compostable when they’re on their last legs. Better still, to clean them, simply sling them in the dishwasher and they come out good as new. Field & Hawken also stock LIGA’s stunning cork placemat and coasters as well. From £11.
LIGA is committed to using sustainable materials in creative ways to make eco products affordable and useable for everyday living. They ethically source from around the world, before hand printing, making and finishing their products off in Cornwall.
RAINE & HUMBLE
Launched in 2007 by a group of friends, Raine and Humble is an Aussie brand based in Melbourne. It’s all about lush home accessories, mixing classics with modern innovation while prioritising eco-friendly materials in the design, manufacturing and packaging. Yes all the feel-good eco credentials are brilliant, but seriously can we just take a minute and swoon over the pom pom cushions and the brass handled knives and spoons.
The range is vast. Lots of lovely textiles that you feel won’t date and are brilliantly priced. Field & Hawken, sell the pom pom cushions at £41 and super-stylish teak frame leather sling chair is going straight on the Christmas list (£595). Definitely a brand that will add personality to your home.
FIELD & HAWKEN TEAK FURNITURE
Furniture is one of the areas where you can invest in a few heirloom pieces. This did not happen in my family, with grandparents and parents who were more at home in MFI than an antiques shop. but I am a big believer in it… she says, desperately hoping one of my boys will love our old Heals walnut dining table enough to keep it. Field & Hawken stock outdoor furniture made from sustainably-sourced teak, but I particularly love the live edge dining tables and benches (pictured above), from £1388 for the set. Made from sustainable Suar Wood, it treads that tricky line of modern rustic. Hard to nail, but on pointe here. An investment piece for sure, but one that is totally unique and should last a lifetime. Plus it has that strokable handcrafted quality we love.
Check out the eco-luxe interior loveliness at Field & Hawken, Unit 9, Oxford Road Industrial Estate, Gresham Way, Reading RG30 6AW, or pop over to the online shop.