Contributing Monkie Jennifer Buonantony
Published on January 20, 2009
As a first-time homeowner searching for stylish and eco-friendly furniture, I was pleased to stumble across British-based interior design company, One Eco Home. Designers Helen Mudie and Kate Millbank partnered up after deciding the current marketplace lacked products for the home that were both sustainable and desirable. Hoping to help fill this void, their line includes home furnishings and accessories ranging from sofas, dinettes, and media centers to lighting fixtures, rugs, and tableware. All of the products are made with a respect for nature, an eye toward sustainability, and a demand for quality and style.
I especially like the company’s signature piece, the Zzo Chair, which is built using eucalyptus and Pau Ferro Veneer wood. The materials are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified — which ensures that the wood comes from sustainably managed forests and not protected areas like the Amazon rainforest. The chair has a great retro feel, and there are even matching Boomerang Barstools.
What jazzes me beyond the design and the materials is the company’s own eco-rating system and customer labels. One Eco Home demands that its manufacturers provide them with information so they can assess whether or not the materials they’re using are truly helping to preserve the environment. Their eco-system uses a set of symbols that represent everything from organic harvesting and possibilities for renewability to the carbon emissions used in shipping and the working conditions and pay of those who manufacture itemx. One Eco Home awards symbols based on this criteria to their products and will only carry those that have earned three or more.
And just in case your fashion eye isn’t as keen as it should be, Helen and Kate also provide interior design services through their site.
That’s the good news about One Eco Home. The bad news is that (like so many others) as a brand new homeowner, I don’t have any money. But even without the funds to redesign an entire pad, One Eco Home’s decorative pillows, “green” paint recommendations and other accessories might be all you need to liven up the space and make it a little more stylish and a little more “G”.