5 Sustainable & Eco Furniture Companies: UK Edition
Eco furniture often gets forgotten about when thinking about making ethical choices. Whether it is mattresses or chairs, choosing to shop sustainably often means picking furniture that is built to last a lifetime instead of pieces that breakdown quickly. The most sustainable choice you can make is always going to be buying second hand, vintage, and antique so that you can give an item multiple life instead of just one. It saves on extra energy usage, plus you can find one of a kind pieces! However, this can often be a time-consuming process and it is so important to support local craftsmen. Here we share five of our favourite eco furniture companies.
Sebastian Cox’s furniture makes us daydream of restored farmhouses in France and Italy. Simplistic living at its best. Made in South East London, their pieces are made to order to ensure there isn’t too much material wasted. Plus, they calculate the carbon footprint of each piece they create and how much carbon is emitted from the making of every piece. Transparency at its finest. Like us, they have a nature-first perspective, meaning they only source their materials with nature in mind. They also do commissions and bespoke furniture, and they will even use trees in your backyard that are ready for a new life. Find their shop here.
Adventures in Furniture
Adventures in Furniture was created with the ethos of creating pieces that are meant to last for generations so that people need to buy less and replace furniture less. These are the kind of pieces that you buy with the intention that someday your grandchildren will use the same furniture. They consciously design, package, and transport to ensure that they work as environmentally friendly as possible. Working with family-owned workshops through Europe and not factories enables them to create custom pieces of any size. They even have an environmental grading system for their wooden furniture, which provides a summary of its design and transport so that they can be as transparent as possible. Find their shop here.
Natural Bed Company
Thanks to the Natural Bed Company, you can have a sustainable and beautiful bed frame. They make a range of solid wood beds, futon sofa beds, and gorgeous side tables to match your bed. They’ve been using sustainable timber for over 40 years and continue to source all their materials as ethically as possible. All of their furniture is made locally in the UK and more now than ever, it is so important to support our local, small businesses and craftsman. Their beds come flat packed and can be assembled very easily, so even if you aren’t in your forever home, you can easily move around with one of their bed frames. Find their shop here.
Jan Hendzel Studio
Why not take a class to learn how to make your own furniture and take home your final product at the end? Based in London, Jan Hendzel offers bespoke courses along with one and two-day courses where you can make your own stool or cutting board. Along with their courses, they make absolutely gorgeous wooden pieces that you can’t find anywhere else. The best part is that all their pieces are made from reclaimed materials. The Camberwell Stacker chair for instance is made from reclaimed Victorian roof trusses and English olive ash. If you have specific pieces in mind, they do bespoke furniture as well! Find their shop here.
A good mattress is the secret to good sleep and when they are made cheaply, they often have short life spans. For us, the most sustainable designs are those that are made to last a lifetime and then some. Harrison Spinks make their mattresses out of all-natural fibers from their 300-acre farm just 18 miles from Leeds. They offer wool stuffed mattresses made from the 600 sheep they have on their farm. They graze lush green pastures that are never sprayed with chemicals. Harrison Spinks also make hemp and flax filled mattresses, which absorb moisture while you sleep to keep you cool. Plus, every acre of hemp grown absorbs 1 tonne of CO2 each year. If you buy one of their plant-based mattresses, you’ll be able to recycle it at the end of its life. Find their shop here.