12 best recycled and sustainable home buys

Explore the wide range of recycled and ethically produced products that are beautiful – and better for the environment

Garden Trading Broadwell Glassware
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We all know that recycling waste to reduce the pollution caused by plastic and other non-biodegradable materials is one important step forward. But where do you start if you want to buy environmentally-friendly homewares? Well, with this guide, in which we explore eco-friendly materials, recycled or reclaimed pieces and upcycling techniques. It's a huge bonus that all these buys are as beautiful as they are eco-friendly. 

1. A rug made from recycled plastic bottles

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Who would've thought that recycled plastic bottles could produce a beautiful, tufty yarn for a luxurious indoor rug? The Solitaire Daria rug proves that choosing recycled materials needn't mean a compromise on style or quality. 

Solitaire Daria rug in grey

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2. Recycled glass vases with style and substance

Glass is one of the most recyclable materials on the planet – to the point where it can be recycled almost endlessly, without any loss of quality. The recycled glass vases from Garden Trading come in a wide range of elegant shapes and colours – there's bound to be at least one among them that'll look good in your hallway or kitchen

Garden Trading Recycled Glass

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3. A reclaimed storage unit made from old buildings

Would you believe it, these good-looking and useful Papa storage shelves from Loaf are made from pine that has been reclaimed from old buildings? And the baskets? Why, recycled plastic, of course. 

Papa storage shelves Loaf

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4. A fab recycled tote for all your shopping

Ditch leather handbags in favour of these gorgeous – and hardwearing – tote bags from Weaver Green. Each bag is made from approximately 150 plastic bottles; they feel like wool and come in a variety of stylish graphic patterns and trendy colours. 

Weaver Green Provence Bag Collection

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5. A recycled glass cake dome to display your bakes

Ideal for displaying your baking achievements, or your favourite cheeses, the recycled glass cake dome from Nkuku comes with a sustainably sourced mango wood base.

Nkuku recycled glass cake stnad

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6. A recycled throw to snuggle up with on the sofa

Judging by the look and feel of the gorgeous Brockworth throw from Garden Trading, you'd never guess that this is another recycled plastic product. It will look fab as part of a grey bedroom design scheme

Brockworth recycled throw from Garden Trading

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Prefer wool? There are plenty of recycled wool throws out there:

7. A reclaimed industrial dining table

Fans of industrial-style kitchens will love this imposing salvaged timber industrial reclaimed dining table from Home Barn. It comes in three different lengths – 6ft, 7ft, or 8ft – and is manufactured from reclaimed pine.  

Salvaged Timber Industrial Reclaimed Dining Table from Homebarn

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8. Recycled baskets for boho storage 

Give your storage an ethical – and colourful – revamp with the recycled baskets from Lola & Mawu. Each is unique and hand-made in Ghana.

Recycled baskets from Lola & Mawu

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9. A reclaimed pendant light with an industrial edge

Would you like a piece of history in your kitchen? One that looks super-chic and takes the 'reduce, reuse, recycle' mantra to a whole new level? The XL Walsall MOD pendant lights from Skinflint have been salvaged from a munitions factory in Worcestershire; they are very pricey, but also unique and gorgeous. 

Xl Salvaged M.O.D Pendant lights from Skinflint

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Want a more affordable option? Here are more vintage pendant lights:

10. A scented candle housed in a recycled wine bottle

Buying scented candles offers lots of opportunities for buying sustainably and ethically, with many natural and handmade options on the market. The wine bottle candle from Upcycle Studio takes it up a notch – it comes in a recycled wine bottle for packaging. Can't get much more sustainable than that! 

Wine Bottle Candle - French Pear from Upcycle Studio

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11. A reclaimed chest of drawers with vintage design

Worried by how sustainable your furniture really is? Go for reclaimed – as the large reclaimed pine chest from Out There Interiors proves, it can look great, especially if you like a boho/vintage interior style. 

Large Reclaimed Pine Chest from Out There Interiors

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12. A chopping board made from leftover wood (but you wouldn't know it)

We love the stylish 'Klip' Oven wooden chopping board from Wearth. It looks and feels lovely, but is made from leftover wood from a workshop. Zero waste, and a perfect kitchen accessory. 

Handcrafted Oval Chopping Board from Wearth London

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Anna is a professional writer with many years of experience. She has a passion for contemporary home decor and gardening. She covers a range of topics, from practical advice to interior and garden design.