All of these home furnishings are not just beautiful and practical, but also made from organic, natural and zero waste materials.
Organic Cotton Ferah Blanket
This organic cotton ferah blanket is a herringbone blanket, finished with a hand-knotted fringe. Perfect for warm summer evenings, this can replace your duvet as a light, soft cotton layer, and can easily stretch over a king-sizes bed. Or use it to add texture and warmth, draped over a living room sofa. Avoid fabric conditioner, and do not tumble dry or dry clean. Sent in a cardboard sleeve with cellulose sticker.
Organic cotton is far better for the planet and wildlife, and is also nicer for farmers, as they can pick the cotton, without need to wear protective clothing in very hot weather. Around a quarter of the world’s agricultural chemicals are used to make cotton, so try to find organic or recycled cotton garments, rather than new.
Unlike synthetic fibres, cotton is safe to launder without breaking off microplastics into the ocean, and safely biodegrades at end of life. Lüks is an ethical homeware brand, that works with master weavers in Turkey to create hand-loomed towels and textiles, using centuries-old techniques. Their items of such good quality, that they offer 20-year repair or replace guarantee on all products.
If using old fringed or knotted towels to line wildlife rescue boxes, always remove the tassles, to stop little legs getting caught.
Natural Cotton & Jute Baskets
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.
Beautiful Seagrass Storage Baskets
These beautiful seagrass storage baskets are by Bellybambino, a small company that began to try to tackle the never-ending chaos of her three children’s toys, but now they are enjoyed by everyone to store toys to blankets. Recommended to readers of House Beautiful, each basket varies in shape, and the face of all the animals have their own personalities.
Seagrass is a natural material often used to make baskets, bags or carpets. It grows in coastal areas around the world, which is hand-picked and dried, then woven together. However it doesn’t like water, so don’t use these baskets in kitchens or bathrooms.
Whiskers Two Tone is sold in 3 sizes and comes in white or pale pink.
The Jellyfish Belly Basket has long platted legs to add texture and movement to the basket, watch as he comes to life. Keep tassels away from pets and children. See what to do if you find a stranded jellyfish (and why you should not let dogs go near them, even when dead).
Hand Woven Baskets from Columbia
These hand-woven baskets from Colombia are made by skilled artisans. Sold in a set of 3, they are made from palm leaves (nothing to do with palm oil) which is a sustainable leaf that can be used to weave into beautiful home gifts. The palm leaves are baked in the sun, then decorated with symbolic patterns, for a contemporary touch to your home decor. Use them to store fruits and vegetables, cutlery or napkins, stationery or even as indoor rustic plant pots. The Wayuu weaving techniques used are among the finest in the world. With sustainable sourcing too, these baskets will last years. They are available in many colours: Also in:
Woven Baskets that Empower Women
These woven baskets that empower women are made to Fair Trade standards mostly by women’s co-ops to independence. They are all made from biodegradable materials like jute or sisal (we do not list any items with leather trim.
If using them to display houseplants, see pet-toxic houseplants (like lilies, sago palm and cheese plants) to avoid. Never display foliage near windows to gardens, as this can cause birds to fly into windows.
These Dusky Pink Sisal Baskets have a beautiful colour block and are in 3 sizes, hand woven in Kenya. Ideal as a desk tidy or planter, the larger baskets are ideal to store fruit, bread, blankets toiletries. Made by a member of one of four rural women’s weaving co-ops, the fibres are hand-picked and hand-dyed outdoors in vats of boiling water, before weaving begins. The weaving takes place during the dry season when crops are more likely to fail and livestock suffers, so basket weaving gives families the chance to earn an essential second income and feed their families, including the livestock.
Handwoven Round Palm Leaf Basket is perfect to keep things handy like magazines or knitting. Keep it protected from greasy or wet foods and wipe clean with a damp cloth and let it dry. Made from Moroccan palm leaves, choose from brown kraft paper with pink flowers or colourful raffia for brown kraft paper with natural raffia.
These handwoven straw place mats are all made from natural palm straw. Handcrafted in Columbia by local communities, give your table setting a sophisticated tough with these expertly crafted items, which are flexible yet sturdy, and complements minimal or brightly decorated tableware. Sold in a set of 2.