We’re all trying to make a difference in any small way we can. When it comes to sustainability, there are many little ways to help the earth.
Sustainable fashion has recently become more trendy, but sustainable home decor has yet to reach the same level of popularity. However, there are still some ‘green’ boutiques offering home and dorm decor that are making small efforts to improve their business practices and become more eco-friendly.
Here are a few online stores where you can find some sustainable dorm decor!
Fernish is unique: it lets you rent furniture or decor rather than outright buying it. This is great for two reasons: it’s a sustainable business practice since it creates less waste, and it’s perfect if you live in a dorm! Dorm life is only temporary, so you may not be willing to commit to new furniture or decor, especially if it’s on the pricier side.
At Fernish, you can get lamps for as little as $3 a month and accent pillows for as little a $4. Fernish will also deliver, assemble, and arrange anything you buy! At the end of your rental period, if you decide you like the item you have been renting, all you have to do is pay the difference (between what you have already paid and the value of the item) and you can keep it! Or, if you decide to send it back when you’re moving out of your dorm, Fernish will come to pick it up cost-free.
Shop from Fernish here.
Uncommon Goods definitely lives up to its name: it has plenty of unique and decorative pieces that will give your dorm room a special design.
Find an intricate light to add some flare to your room or get some lovely, eco-friendly storage containers to store your beauty supplies or school things. Prices vary — but most decorative items are between $25 and $100. They can be a little pricey, but as far as sustainable brands go, this boutique has some of the better deals.
Shop from Uncommon Goods here.
Coyuchi is incredibly attentive in keeping takes all areas of its business sustainable. For example, they are GOTS organic certified, and they make efforts to reduce water waste and keep vehicles off the road whenever possible.
As for their products, Coyuchi items are quite expensive. But, if you’re really trying to cut down on your global footprint, Coyuchi could be the right choice for you.
Shop from Coyuchi here.
If you’re looking for some good quality and ethically sourced sheets, Boll & Branch is the way to go. Similar to Coyuchi, Boll & Branch also makes a strong effort to be environmentally conscious. However, they may just be the most expensive boutique (in terms of baseline pricing) on the list.
Shop from Boll & Branch here.
5. Viva Terra
Viva terra has some cute and unique decor: string lights, decorative metallic leaves, and more. They also have a vast amount of options and diverse prices to choose from. Some items are solidly affordable while others are more expensive.
Although they have a beautifully written mission statement, it’s unclear what Viva Terra’s sustainable practices actually are, so be wary.
Shop from Viva Terra here.
6. Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn is a huge corporation, so not everything on their website is actually sustainable. However, they do have a solid eco-friendly section called ‘The Sustainability Shop.’ Many of their items are a bit pricey, but they often have sales–and the drops in prices are quite substantial.
Choose from 100% organic cotton duvets for your dorm bed starting at only $20! Or, get a handcrafted marble frame for your pictures of family and friends. There are also faux potted plants that can make great accents in your dorm room (if you don’t trust yourself with a real plant.) You can choose from some cute and affordable organic towels.
Shop from The Sustainability Shop here.
Etsy isn’t necessarily a sustainable boutique, but much of what they sell comes directly from home-based individual artists and artisans. In fact, a lot of the dorm decor Etsy sells are handmade — which is way more sustainable than mass-produced items.
They have endless amounts of cute, delicate decorations that are surprisingly affordable for being handcrafted. There are also options for customization, so you can make your dorm decor personal to you! There are many options for personalized signs you can hang in your dorm or on your door. Also, check out these wonderfully bright Mamma Mia prints.
Shop from Etsy’s dorm decor here.
Okay, so ABC Carpet & Home may be sustainable, but they are also crazy expensive — some of their wall decor and art pieces drift dangerously close to $8,000! There are still plenty of items that are under $50, but it’s unlikely you will find anything less than $20. So, proceed with caution.
However, if you are willing to drop the big bucks, you will find a lot of beautifully made items to decorate your dorm with. For example, this embellished singing bowl pillow would look great on your dorm bed!
Shop from ABC Carpet & Home here.
This New York-based textile company uses eco-friendly methods and sustainably sourced materials to create their products. They also donate a percentage of their earning to environmental organizations.
This is boutique is also on the pricey side, but it does have quite a few items for less than $50. Eskayel also lacks variety, but there are still quite a few decorations to choose from to liven up your living space! Their furniture and pieces are all very natural in look and feel and will give your dorm a light, breezy vibe.
Shop from Eskayel here.
10. Own Grownn
Own Grownn has really unique items that you may have never thought to buy, like this decorative tissue box. This boutique also has a great selection of sustainable kitchenware. Also, their items are crafted by hand by a community of artisans using eco-friendly materials.
Many of Own Grownn’s items are on sale now, so it’s a great time to get your sustainable dorm decor!
Shop from Own Grownn here.