Earth-Friendly Dcor You Can Afford

I try to be as environmentally conscious as the next lady. I mean, I’ve converted our most-used bulbs to CFLs, I bought a Soda Stream seltzer maker to cut down on the number of bottles we put in our recycling bin, and I’ve even switched over to green household cleaners. But I drew the line at home furnishings, in part because I wasn’t into the overly crunchy look of most eco lines I’d come across, but mostly because the products were prohibitively expensive! Until now, that is. Finally, earthy-friendly decorative accessories that don’t look like hemp and that I can afford. Here are two of my current favorites:

Matta’s dhurrie rugs ($174 for a 2 ½’ x 7’ runner) are handmade from over dyed cotton and recycled candy wrappers (they sourced only the silver wrappers so the rugs have a really glam quality). The runner is sturdy enough for all the foot traffic my main hallway sees.

In2Green makes gorgeous throws ($130 for a 50” x 60” blanket) from yarn spun out of old t-shirts. No, they’re not dumpster diving or raiding the Salvation Army for t-shirts, the material is pre-consumer waste (shirts and extra fabric that never made it to the market) from major clothing manufacturers. By reusing existing cotton, they’re reducing landfill use and conserving water.

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