12 sustainable decor buys for apartments that need a homey touch

Eco-friendly never looked so fancy

Small modern apartment with console, fabric armchair and large gray area rug
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When you’re not settled in your forever home, it can be challenging to find interior pieces that you love enough to keep for years. Plus, since most apartments are tight on square footage, the furniture and decor you buy now likely won’t work in a home you own later in life. 

Sourcing new home decor with each move is wasteful, not to mention costly. To help you pare down on your purchases while limiting your impact on the environment, we’ve rounded up 12 sustainable decor buys that will add character and charm to your apartment, making it feel super cozy even if it is temporary.

Planet-friendly apartment decor

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Whether you've a tiny studio or a roomy space, these pics are so functional and stylish that you’ll want to bring them with you wherever you move to next.

Kara Thompson

About me: 

Kara Thompson is a Denver-based journalist with over five years of experience writing lifestyle content. She has written for a variety of publications, including townandcountrymag.com, elledecor.com, goodhousekeeping.com, and Parents, where she covered all things home, food, fashion, travel, and holidays. During her time on staff at Parents, Kara launched her own home decor and organization column named Save My Space. In 2022, she left her full-time job as an editor and started her own writing, editing, and social media firm, Kara Thompson and Co.

Tennis, New York City, bourbon cocktails, and her sister's German Shepherd are a few of her favorite things.