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We often think about eco-friendly living in terms of swapping out our CFL lightbulbs for LEDs, recycling our milk jugs, and using reusable bags at the grocery store. But when it comes to how we decorate our homes, it can be a little more challenging to draw the line between what’s good for the planet and what’s not.

In honor of Earth Day, here is a list of the home brands that are making a difference with their environmentally-friendly products and practices.

BottleCloth

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This innovative company takes all of our recyclable plastic bottles and turns them into decorative tablecloths, runners, and napkins. Owner and designer Brenda Sacks loved the idea of being able to gather around the dinner table as a family and feel good about what you’re eating on. The fabric of BottleCloth products is durable, spill resistant, and doesn’t sacrifice on style.

Ten Thousand Villages

Bringing the global community a little bit closer together, this Pennsylvania-based company partners with artisans from around the world to support their business endeavors by providing the means and outlet to sell their work. All of the materials used are fair trade, and most of the items for sale, such as candles, accessories, and home goods, are made from recycled materials.

Vermont Woods Studios

With a mission for preserving the forests of the world, starting with Vermont, this artisan furniture maker uses wood sourced exclusively from well-managed North American forests, in wood types that are found abundantly through these areas. They also plant thousands of trees in a sustainable system to ensure every piece of wood they use to make their products is restored.

VivaTerra

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Combining global design and modern sustainability, VivaTerra works with talented craftspeople from around the world to offer the best of beautifully designed and ecofriendly homewares and clothing. They also encourage all of their partners to give back to the environment and their communities in their daily business practices.


For more tips to live greener, visit www.americanlifestylemag.com/culture.