To truly express a sustainable lifestyle, one must begin in the home. Modern eco-friendly home decor materials are widely available and varied enough in color, texture and purpose to offer fashionable options for any individual style, and the textiles and materials are of a high enough quality that choosing to go green in your home does not mean having to compromise on quality. So greenify your digs — to assist, here’s a list of the best eco-friendly materials to incorporate in the home and why.

Organic Cotton

Even though standard cotton is indeed a natural crop, it is one of the most chemically treated materials in modern agriculture. Throughout the industrial processing of the raw plant, insecticides, pesticides and even formaldehyde are used, leaving behind a trail of pollutants in the water and soil and affecting the health of the frequently exploited workers who harvest the crop.

Organic cotton is an entirely different material. It is grown and harvested without the use of GMOs or insidious chemicals, and a fair-trade label assures that the workers involved in the growing and production of the cotton were treated fairly and not put at risk. Organic cotton is found in home decor products like drapes, towels, sofas, pillows, throw blankets, linens and much, much more. As an added precaution, choose products available only in colors that reflect cotton’s natural hues, like taupe, beige and light green, or select products colored with vegetable-based dyes, which are safe as well.

Wood

One would think that all wood would be considered organic and non-offensive to the environment, but sadly, this is untrue. Only certain woods make the cut, so to speak.

  • Reclaimed wood. Technically, this kind of wood can be of any kind of tree, but the trick is that the material needs to have been salvaged. Whether it be pinewood collected from a demolished building or driftwood rescued from a local river, if the wood is reused, it is reclaimed.
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) wood. Generally a material used more in home building than home decor, FSC wood is still worth a mention here for anyone constructing their own furniture and purchasing their own raw materials. The FSC-certified…