The top environmentally friendly brands that you need to know!
As the world continues to grapple with the climate crisis, it has never been so important to focus on individual impacts and how these changes can create positive effects. With so many homeware brands available it can be hard to know which ones are sustainable and making a positive change. That’s why we’ve found our ten favourite environmentally friendly Australian homeware brands.
Seed and Sprout
Launching in 2016 in Byron Bay, Seed and Sprout was created by Sophie Kovic when she struggled to find an environmentally friendly lunch box for her son Archie. Guided by her passion for zero waste and practicality, Sophie was able to build her brand which has gained support throughout Australia. With the mission “to not only do less harm, but to do more good”, Seed and Sprout has committed to being 100% emissions free through using renewable energy and committing to zero waste by using recycled and compostable packaging. With a wide range of homeware products be sure to check them out here.
The Well Store
Beginning in 2008 on a journey to live a healthier lifestyle, founder Mariana Boulos created The Well Store to create a sustainable and natural alternative for homeware and beauty products. Developed with the aim to provide cruelty free, fair trade and non-toxic products, Mariana was able to find and stock a range of brands that also supported this vision. Shop The Well Store’s extensive range here.
With a goal to be a market leader and mission to ‘change consumer habits’, Urban Ethos is an Australian business that develops and sources eco-conscious brands. Founder and Managing Director, Michael Vidor created the company in an effort to provide environmentally friendly alternatives for household consumables. With a range of products ranging from the kitchen, to the bathroom and everything in-between, Urban Ethos has an environmentally friendly alternative. Check out them out here.
Starting with an idea in 2018, founder Mike Smith put his life savings on the line to start the waste free cleaning company Zero co. which launched in May 2020. Beginning with the idea to create sustainable and zero-waste cleaning products, Zero co. has been able to remove almost 6,000 kg of plastic from the ocean. One of the best features of the team’s work is that they have been able to turn this rubbish into dispensers for their products. If you want to check them out, visit them here.
Flora and Fauna
Beginning as a concept in 2014, Flora and Fauna creator Julie Mathers wanted to create a brand that “was conscious of its impact on the world”. Having worked in retail for over 20 years Julie was sick of brands not caring about waste production or supply chains. Remaining 100% Australian owned and operated since the beginning, Flora and Fauna has been able to implement plastic-free packaging, carbon offset all their orders, and so much more. Be sure to check out their great range of homewares and more here.
Born in 2013, Frank Green was created with the aim to reduce waste that was created from take-away coffees. Originating in the coffee capital of Melbourne, founder Benjamin Young wanted to find “sustainable solutions to the single-use plastic problem” and ensure younger generations could continue to enjoy the environment like he did when he was a kid. Through expanding their range to include various homewares, Frank Green has become an iconic eco-friendly brand. Shop here.
The Source Bulk Foods
Created in Byron Bay in 2012, The Source Bulk Foods grew from its humble beginnings of a local fruit and veg store to a country-wide, waste-free bulk food franchise. With the belief that “unpackaged food should be easier to access and a smaller carbon footprint could be achieved,” The Source was able to expand its stores along the coast of NSW. While The Source specialises in zero-waste bulk foods, they also have a range of high-quality, waste free homewares. Check out the range here.
Ethical by Nature
Beginning in Sydney in 2017, Ethical by Nature started with a small range of ethical and fair trade gifts. Since its creation, Ethical by Nature’s founder Asha has grown the brand and created an online store. With the mission to reduce poverty and limit the impacts on the planet, Ethical by Nature has a range of eco-friendly homeware alternatives. Have a look here.
With the goal to create products easily accessible that are ethical, sustainable and cruelty-free, HUMM Eco started its online store. Based in Sydney, the company aims to highlight and showcase environmentally friendly homeware alternatives while maintaining a high quality. Check out HUMM Eco’s range here.
In Our Hands
Opening in late 2019, In Our Hands was created to provide easy and high quality alternatives to damaging homeware products. Originally inspired by the TV series War on Waste, In Our Hands was motivated by the belief that “small changes each day can make a difference”. With the realisation that it’s never too late to change, the In Our Hands online store was born. Check out the wide range here.
With so many environmentally friendly alternatives to homeware shopping, which store do you want to support first?