7 Low-Carbon Companies for Your Home

Much to our relief, patchouli-drenched hemp carpets are no longer de rigueur for green homes. It’s never been easier to eco-chic your home in style, thanks to a bumper crop of designers and retailers who are fashioning remarkable pieces of furniture and decor using eco-forward materials and practices.

By using sustainable materials and reducing their carbon footprints through alternative energy consumption and carbon-offset purchases, this group of seven manufacturers and retailers are making it possible for us to create warm and inviting homes, while also fighting the warming of the planet. Now that’s the kind of multitasking we can really get behind!

3r Living
Online shop 3R Living offers an array of eco-friendly home goods and offsets all shipping-related carbon emissions through Carbon Fund. Looking for a glamorous accent piece? Check out the Mrs. Robinson-inspired zebra-print blanket made with recycled cotton fibers.

Bentley Prince Street Rugs
Bentley Prince Street rugs’ arresting prints and colors have inspired a following that includes both modernists and traditionalists alike. Kudos to the company for not just purchasing carbon offsets, but also taking the next step to actually reduce emissions: Bentley has reduced the amount of waste sent to landfills during the manufacturing process by 92 percent, and makes rug backings with post-consumer recycled content.

B Green Designs Wall Art
B Green Design’s art pieces—silk-screened images of trees on sustainable plywood—are more than just a pretty way to decorate wall space. For each artwork purchased, the design group plants 50 trees in Honduras through Trees for the Future. Bonus? The art is shipped in a screen-printed tote bag perfect for reusing on your trip to the green market!

Grass Roots
Grass Roots online store features a careful selection of eco-friendly products that are shipped out carbon-neutral through the company’s purchase of offsets. The company also buys 100 percent renewable energy for its Canadian stores. Check out the site’s salvaged wood serving platter—perfect for green entertaining!

Modern home and office furniture manufacturer Knu scores points for not printing catalogs that kill trees (and also clutters our mailboxes). The company manufactures its (mostly) sustainably harvested wood furniture in an energy efficient facility that offsets 100 percent of its carbon emissions. All pieces can be viewed exclusively online.

Loll Designs
Give your backyard a sleek makeover with Loll’s innovative outdoor furniture collection. The tables and chairs are made using 100 percent recycled plastic collected from objects like milk jugs, detergent bottles and margarine tubs. Plus, the company packages all products in recycled cardboard boxes, donates 1 percent of sales to environmental programs and offsets the carbon emissions related to shipping.

Shaklee Corporation
This green products company is devoted to cleaning more than your house—it buys all of its electricity through renewable energy sources and offsets 100 percent of its carbon emissions. Plus, their cleaning products are nontoxic, biodegradable and come in recyclable packaging.

Sprig.com‘s mission is to inform, inspire and motivate the mainstream smart, socially engaged person into becoming a little more green without sacrificing quality, convenience, style or budget. We point out what’s good about green living–how it benefits your health, looks, finances and of course the planet.

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Andrea A.
Andrea A.3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Smith M.
.5 years ago

Less of a low-carbon diet and more of an activity famine. Counting on recessions to reduce economic activity is not a sustainable way to reduce GHG emissions.
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Jane Hope
Jane H.5 years ago

great to have this info.....thanks

Nathan H.
Nathan H.6 years ago

@ Teresa T.
Many of the organic/eco-friendly products are manufactured in the US (if they really are eco) and there are cost associated. This is especially true if the company is trying to pay their employees a living wage and offering benefits (many of the companies listed are small business). Then add on the costs of using quality organic/recycled material and you are seeing something a little closer to the TRUE costs of products, especially if you are comparing prices at big box retailers.

Teresa T.
Teresa T.6 years ago

Can anyone explain why organic and/or more eco-friendly products sell for 2 to 5 times the price of their counterparts? We recycle whatever we can, I buy green cleaning products and would like to integrate more items into my home, such as bedding and furniture, but the cost is often prohibitive. I realize that it does cost more to produce organic products and possibly even items from recycled materials, but it cannot cost that much more. It seems like many of these products are being priced artifically high. How are we going to get people to change their ways and their spending habits if it outrageously expensive to do so?

Susan W.
Susan W.6 years ago

Good friends of mine have used -- and sold -- Shaklee for years. Lately, on this forum, several posters have said they are avoiding Shaklee products because the company does not list its ingredients on their labels. I have a great deal of sympathy for those who want to know what is in the bottle because I do too. I buy a product, e.g. salad dressing, for its content and not its price.

How can we get SHaklee to "'fess up" and "go public" with their content?

Tara M.
Tara M.6 years ago

Cool - thanks for the info!