How to Celebrate Ethical Living in Your Home

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The concept of ethical living is becoming more popular in homes as we become more aware of our environmental and social impact. At Funky Chunky Furniture, sustainability has been at the forefront of our minds since the beginning of our journey. We pride ourselves on celebrating ethical living, whether through our collection of handmade furniture, shelves, and mantels - all crafted from sustainably sourced timber - or our range of ethical choices when it comes to home accessories.

There are various ways that you can celebrate ethical living in your home - read on to find out our top tips:


1. Mindful Materials

The materials we choose to bring into our home is an intentional step towards ethical living. By picking out sustainably sourced materials when shopping, such as reclaimed wood, bamboo, or recycled materials, you can greatly reduce your ecological footprint. Look out for certifications like FSC for wood products, to make sure you’re embracing responsible forestry practices in your space.

 

2. Support Fair Trade

Incorporating Fair Trade décor into your home is easy, and you're sure to find unique pieces perfect for your home. Not only are they wonderful finds, but they also support artisans and workers worldwide! From handwoven textiles to artisan-crafted pottery, Fair Trade products ensure fair wages and ethical production practices.

Our range of ethical Home Accessories features a variety of pieces bought as part of Fair Trade agreements, ensuring producers receive honest and fair pricing for their work. We love this felted wool sunflower, crafted by artisans in Nepal using traditional wool felting techniques passed down through generations. All of our beautiful felt home décor is ideal for various occasions and seasons, making them vibrant choices all year round. They’re ideal for ethical living, with all the materials and dyes used being natural and biodegradable too!


3. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The iconic trio - reduce, reuse, and recycle - is the foundation of an environmentally conscious home. Keeping this in mind can help minimise waste and conserve resources in your home. Choose handy storage containers ideal for storing leftovers; take this bamboo container with you the next day for a quick and easy lunch. With a 250ml capacity, this is a kitchen essential!

Investing in durable, long-lasting items reduces what comes in and out of your home and combats modern leanings towards overconsumption. Choose furniture with a guarantee, such as each of our handmade furniture pieces, which come with a 25 Year Guarantee, ensuring you can happily add them to your home for years to come.



4. Energy Efficiency

Making your home more energy-efficient not only reduces your environmental impact but also saves you money in the long run. Swap out older appliances for energy saving alternatives, go for LED lighting, and home technologies like smart thermostats can further minimise energy consumption and increase savings too! Simple habits like turning off lights when not in use can make a difference.

 


5. Create a Green Oasis

Bring nature indoors by incorporating indoor plants into your décor! Not only do plants give your space a calm feel and instant refresh, but they can also purify the air and promote a sense of wellbeing. Choose low maintenance houseplants like pothos, spider plants, or peace lilies to green up your home without a lot of fuss. Our collection of beautiful planters, vases, and bowls will bring your houseplants to life, display lovely flowers, or create a focal point - whether as a vibrant dining table centrepiece or on a side table or floating shelf.



6. Support Sustainable Brands

Find local artisans and sustainable brands that you love when shopping for new additions to your home. You could also look out for brands that provide carbon-neutral deliveries, proactively removing carbon while you shop. For example, every order placed on our website and paid for using the Shop Pay option will have its carbon emissions offset as part of the Shopify Sustainability Fund. Look out for companies that prioritise eco-friendly practices - read more about our sustainability and ethics here at Funky Chunky Furniture.

By keeping these top tips in mind, you can transform your home into a sustainable sanctuary that celebrates ethical living and shows Mother Earth some love. Together, we can take small steps in our homes to lend a helping hand to creating a brighter and more sustainable future for generations to come.

Browse our collection of Solid Wood Furniture, handmade from sustainably sourced timber, and beautiful Shelves and Mantel Beams.

Looking for those perfect finishing touches? Take a look at our Ethical Home Accessories.

Sophie, Interior stylist at Funky Chunky Furniture discussing our wood options

Sophie O'Mahony

Sophie is our in-house interior fashion expert, writing our on-trend blogs and curates our ethical accessory collections.

Sophie works with the furniture designers at Funky Chunky Furniture - she has quite a bit of experience creating rustic interior design sets for photo shoots across all rooms in the home.

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