9 ethical homeware brands to love this Earth Day

Style up your home with some eco-friendly buys

A rattan floor seat in a living room

If we were to tell you that you could help save the planet with a bit of internet shopping, would you believe us? With Earth Day coming up, we're all thinking of how we can help reduce our carbon footprint and be kind to the planet. Shopping – be it for clothes, homeware or food – can have a huge impact on the earth, but luckily, we've found a few brands to browse guilt-free. Need another excuse to fill up your basket? You'll be supporting some of the best up-and-coming independent brands, too...

Righteous rugs

Scandinavian-inspired Liv is doing wonders for the planet with their collection of rugs made entirely from plastic bottles. Each rug is carefully handwoven from threads made from recycled plastic, and the result is a beautiful design that's not only adaptable - it's suitable for indoor and outdoor use – but long-lasting and easy-clean, too. PET rugs, live-interior.com.

Blue and grey striped rug and matching cushion

Perfect paints

Set up in 2014, Frenchic Paint is the fastest growing chalk paint company in the UK and prides itself on being an all-natural, eco-friendly version of your favourite paints. It's the perfect accompaniment for a weekend project, whether you're upcycling a bargain charity shop find or giving new life to an old chair. The best bit? It's toxin and solvent free. Buy the paint from £5.95, frenchicpaint.co.uk.

Upcycled furniture painted in a pastel blue

Easy drinking

Using a reusable water bottle saves over 150 plastic bottles a year from going to the landfill - which means you're committing to a huge environmental change with a tiny purchase. Chilly's Bottles makes sleek, stylish and convenient water bottles that will last you years - and the designs are beautiful, too. Tropical flower 500ml water bottle, £25, Chilly's Bottles.

Tropical themed water bottle with bird and flowers

Statement style

House of Kind's ethos is all about – well, kindness. Run by friends Raina and Cat, the brand encourages the idea of treating yourself as an act of double kindness – to yourself or a friend, and to the planet. They work with small brands and social enterprises that provide great working conditions for their artisans, use recycled or sustainable materials, and donate to causes like fighting breast cancer, domestic violence and animal rescue. Hexagon mirror/terrarium with recycled glass, £40, House of Kind

A hanging terrarium with a plant

Cosy by candlelight

We're big fans of The Handmade Soap Company's all-natural soy wax candles. The rest of the company's products are lovely, too – they specialise in natural beauty products like hand creams and shower gels that are just as good for your skin as they are for the planet. Art Deco candle, £15.95, The Handmade Soap Company.

Comfy cushions

Claribel's fabrics are handwoven by talented artisans in Peru, and the ethical production process is reflected in the brand's beautiful wares. Take this cushion, for example: it's the perfect accessory to add colour and texture to your living room.  Evergreen steel blue small print cushion cover, from £40, Claribel

Grey cushion with green and grey scribble pattern

Take a seat

Dorset-based Oggetto is a family-run business that designs, crafts and sources all its stylish products. 'Oggetto' is Italian for 'object', and that simple word summarises the company's ethos – simple, functional pieces that are ethically made to the highest quality. Round Hogla floor seat, £129, Oggetto

A woven circular table sits in a living room setting

Dishwashing duty

Colour-block tea towels are just one example of Edinburgh-based MAiK's stylish and sustainably-sourced pieces. All of the brand's prints are designed in-house, and the company is committed to eliminating plastic use – their packaging is entirely plastic-free. Coral angles organic tea towel, £12, MaiK

Colour block coral and blue tea towel

Planter power

Interior design-led Ross & Brown stocks the best in contemporary home interiors and gift ideas, specialising in the Scandinavian design we love. The brands and designers it stocks work hard to make their products as sustainable as possible. Take, for example, these minimalist concrete flower pots, designed by Henrik Anderson for LIKEconcrete,which were made using innovative moulding techniques and organic materials to minimise their carbon footprint. Small Liv flower pot, £18; medium Liv flower pot, £22; large Liv flower pot, £26, all Ross & Brown

Concrete planters in greys and whites

Ellen Finch
Former deputy editor

Formerly deputy editor of Real Homes magazine, Ellen has been lucky enough to spend most of her working life speaking to real people and writing about real homes, from extended Victorian terraces to modest apartments. She's recently bought her own home and has a special interest in sustainable living and clever storage.