9 Socially Responsible Brands
for Your Home

By Kealia Reynolds
Photo by Patrick Perkins

At House Method, we’re passionate about brands that benefit the greater good and make you feel good in your home. And why wouldn’t you want to buy from companies that employ ethical processes, high-quality materials, and talented artisans to create beautiful and unique products for your home. From organic cotton bed sheets to reclaimed wood furniture, these socially responsible home brands feature some of the best products.

1. Meso Goods

Meso Goods is a Guatemalan-based company committed to improving the future of local artisans and their families, preserving Mayan cultural heritage, and promoting environmental and social awareness through sustainable trade opportunities. By establishing long-term relationships with their artisans and connecting them to international markets, Meso Goods empowers them to achieve economic mobility.

The artisans produce exclusive handmade home décor and personal accessories like wool rugs and throw blankets, paint-splattered dishware, and planters.

We love that Meso Goods is a catalyst for developing sustainable income for their partners and accelerating rural development—and the inspiration and creativity that comes out of this business model is sure not to disappoint.

2. VivaTerra

Formed in 2004, VivaTerra is a retailer with a heart and vision for globally inspired modern design created with sustainably and with integrity. VivaTerra prioritizes ethical and sustainable processes to ensure that each piece exemplifies social consciousness, global inspiration, quality workmanship, and unique style.

To align with its mission to transform your home into a natural sanctuary filled with beautiful products, VivaTerra offers a variety of home décor items like reclaimed wood hooks, woven rattan baskets, handcrafted copper kitchen utensils, recycled teak outdoor furniture, and eco linen sectionals.

3. Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit social enterprise that partners with independent, small-scale artisan groups, co-ops, and workshops to bring their products to global markets. Their ethical business model is maker-centric at every step—from providing good working conditions to establishing a fair price for artisans’ creations.

Shop their products online and find all kinds of home décor and furniture, from basket bowls and tablecloths to Sari chairs and woven rugs. An added bonus: most products from Ten Thousand Villages are made of local materials that are either natural or recycled.

Every purchase provides a fair and stable income for 20,000 makers in 30 developing countries and allows these artisans to send their children to school, provide a warm and safe home environment, and keep their family healthy. As a fair trade pioneer, Ten Thousand Villages believes that market-based solutions can end the cycle of poverty. And we’d have to agree.

4. Coyuchi

Coyuchi is a home textile company that partners with communities that practice the art of hand weaving and hand embroidery to make thoughtfully designed goods with processes that are both friendly to people and the planet. Their partners are committed to using minimally processed fibers (that are sustainably grown and free of toxic dyes, bleaches, and finishes) and adhere to strict manufacturing processes like the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and Fair Trade USA standards.

In addition to creating natural and organic products, Coyuchi is committed to responsible processes and operates on a zero-waste recycling method. Knowing that Coyuchi observes such strict manufacturing standards, we’re confident that their products are the real deal.

5. Equal Uprise

Equal Uprise is a home and lifestyle brand that creates and sustains jobs for talented artisans in Ecuador and Tunisia, and produces products for conscious consumers who enjoy modern design but want access to responsibly made goods. The profits fund education for the artisans’ children, and in some cases, funds education for the artisans themselves. On the Equal Uprise site, you’ll find beautiful rugs, leather baskets, alpaca blankets, pillows, and other home accessories.

6. Creative Women

Creative Women is a fair trade home and lifestyle wholesale brand that partners with talented artisans in Ethiopia, Guatemala, and Kenya who work in small, women-led businesses. The artisans create natural, handspun fiber and handwoven textiles and blankets.

By developing healthy, sustainable, and profitable partnerships, Creative Women brings artisanal, hand-crafted pieces to a global market and supports the health, education, and economic stability of artisan families. The company believes that conscious consumerism, where the act of buying is also one of giving, is a powerful way to effect change. Two words: woman power.

7. Environment

Environment offers a variety of furniture collections, from bookcases and consoles to ottomans and coffee tables. All of their upholstery collections are made with FSC wood with the option to upgrade to organic latex, jute, hemp, or wool. All upholstery is manufactured in Los Angeles. Another important note: Environment has become the leader in reclaimed wood furniture design for over 15 years, so we feel confident that this company does its part in bettering the environment.

8. Parachute

Parachute specializes in bedding, bath, and other home décor and uses quality materials for all of their products: 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton for their percale and sateen, pure Egyptian flax for their linen, and 100% Turkish cotton for their towels.

In addition to their high-quality materials, Parachute believes in the power of social responsibility. All returned items go to Habitat for Humanity and for every Venice Bedding set sold, one life-saving, malaria prevention bed net is donated to the United Nations Foundation Nothing but Nets campaign.

9. Rose & Fitzgerald

Rose & Fitzgerald is a luxury artisan home décor studio that partners with local artisans in Uganda to create and curate beautiful pieces for the home. The company connects consumers who want ethically made goods to a truly authentic process—from ideation to production, the products are patiently crafted by artisans and made with locally sourced materials like Ankole horn, palm leaf, pure brass, mugavu and teak wood, leather, and organic cotton.

Though some pieces are made using modern machinery, most pieces are cut, shaped, chiseled, woven, or stitched by hand. Just another reason to love Rose & Fitzgerald—their studio and workshop, located in the heart of Kampala, Uganda, is a haven for artisans to come and perfect their craft, mimicking an art studio rather than a manufacturing space. It’s safe to say, we’re sold.

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