Want to feather your nest and make somebody else’s corner of the world a bit brighter? Here are seven socially conscious shops where you can buy stylish furniture bedding, rugs and accessories.
Sleep more soundly knowing that your bedding purchase is helping a child in Africa rest safely. Parachute Home donates a life-saving malaria net to Nothing But Nets every time a customer purchases a Venice bedding set.
Chicago brother and sister Brian and Emily Prendergast have teamed up with artisans in Guatemala and El Salvador to sell on-trend furniture and textiles. The gorgeous one-of-a-kind pieces are perfect for adding a bit of global flair to your home, while also doing your part to help artists in developing countries support their families.
There’s nothing not to love about furniture made from reclaimed wood — it has more character than pieces made from new wood, it’s typically better quality, and it’s eco-friendly. This Illinois company makes chairs, tables and desks with old-growth wood found in abandoned factories and century-old homes and barns around the Midwest.
You’d be hard-pressed to find home goods this unique (think lamps from Swaziland, trivets from Afghanistan) at a traditional retailer. Adorn your home with beautiful accents, and help an artisan or a small business across the globe get a financial leg up.
Started by two North Carolina moms who had a hard time finding chic extra-long twin bedding for their own kids’ dorm rooms, Leigh Deux now sells upscale bedding collections with coordinating accessories like throw pillows, nightstands, laundry baskets, lamps and pouf ottomans — everything your freshman needs to have the most stylish room on the dorm floor. Leigh Deux sources and manufactures all of their goods in the U.S., and they give college scholarships to deserving students.
Get beautifully made ceramics, rugs, baskets, table linens and other goods from artisans in Mexico, India, Guatemala and Rwanda. The website tells you exactly how your purchase will help the person who made it — each banana leaf cube sale, for instance, enables the artist to purchase health insurance for one family member for a year.
Last, but most certainly not least, is Make It Better’s own Shop For Good. With a robust (and growing!) home décor section, Shop For Good is a great place to find unique housewares. Ten percent of all purchases go to nonprofits vetted by Make It Better.
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