Go Eco in the Home; edition 6

We’re continually looking at how we can be nature-friendly in everything we do and hope that other wild people out there do too. To make your life easier and to make nature happier we’re happy to share our nature-friendly and ethically sourced alternatives that we like to use in our homes. If you’ve got any suggestions we’d love to hear them too.

For the final week’s instalment we’ll be taking a look at the not so essentials but the nice to haves. These lifestyle accessories just make everyday look and feel that little bit more glamorous.

Treating ourselves…

We all like to treat our wardrobe with an upgrade every now and again don’t we? Ideally we’d like to feel good and look good at the same time though don’t we? I’ve found a couple of really nature-friendly brands that will make you feel extremely good about yourself when wearing them.

First off the mark is Rapanui. Every product they make comes from their Isle of Wight based factory where they’ll only make what’s been ordered. And they’ve got your whole wardrobe covered; from t-shirts and sweatshirts to socks and underwear. Each piece of clothing they make is made from 100% recyclable materials. Which means that if you’ve out worn anything they will have it back and make something new from it. They call it circular fashion. Pretty clever really. Less waste, more wear! It doesn’t really stop there though, these guys support the small bespoke fashion designers allowing them access to their manufacturing and production technology. Interested in seeing your designs come to life, check teemill out. For the beady eyed you may have noticed that RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts have used this platform for some of their recent clothing ranges too.

The other clothing store I really like is tentrees. If you like your outdoor branded clothing you’ll like their designs. But dig a little deeper and you’ll see why they’re classed as a B certified corporation. For every product you buy from them, they’ll plant 10 trees. Simple as that. They’ve created partnerships with NGO’s across the world to restore land to sustainable use. They’ve already planted 30 million trees since they began but they want to hit 1 billion by 2030. That’s one admirable challenge. 

Come away from your wardrobe and you may want to treat yourself to some brand new accessories. Well when I say brand new, think re-purposed. If you like bold colours and patterns you’ll love Rareform’s bags, wallets and gear that are made from recycled vinyl billboards. Over the past 7 years of production and creativity they’ve rescued nearly 3 million pounds in weight of vinyl from going into landfill. The nature of their materials also mean that each item is pretty unique. So if you want to stand out from the crowd, and tell anyone that comments on that funky bag, I’d have a look at their shop. 

Another crowd pleasing accessory you’ll wish you’ll want, I know I do, is a Tree Hut watch. At the higher end of the cost scale I know, but a good watch is hard to come by I feel. With knowing that each watch is created with passion for sustainability and behind it a heartwarming family it’s hard not to fall for these one-of-a-kind gifts. 

Now turning attention away from the bedroom, a recent find from the household takes us towards the study. One of the Wild People that’s usually found ‘behind the scenes’ came forward with a great new find when searching for a new notebook for work. A great alternative to a leather bound notebook, Dingbats books are made from degradable and recyclable materials. Not only do they think about their footprint on the world, the designs are inspired by nature helping to promote wildlife protection alongside creativity. 

I’ve really enjoyed pulling these lists together and I hope you have too. I hope we’ve inspired you to think about changes you can make around your home or maybe simply introduced you to new businesses that you’ve not heard of previously.

Please do let us know if there are any we’ve missed that deserve to be shouted about.

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