5 Sustainable Houseware​ Brands to Fill Your Home With

Renovating our 1920’s row house has been a long on-going process. We are finally at a spot where rooms are getting finished and we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Choosing pieces to fill your home can be a little difficult when you want to be mindful of how it’s made. I’ve discovered quite a few brands along the way so I thought I would share them with you guys!

And as an added bonus! This post is in partnership with Equal Uprise and you can win a $175 gift card to their shop! To enter the giveaway, simply comment below and tell me your favorite piece in their SHOP!

Giveaway ends this Friday 8/16/2019 and 11:59 PM EST.

The Citizenry

Filled with artisan-made goods from rugs, to chairs, to ceramics and a whole lot more. Note, these are fair trade goods so they are investment pieces. They will not be priced like your discounted Home Goods store. You buy these things slowly and thoughtfully, as you should with all the things you purchase!

the Citizenry leather and wood chair


I love Etsy’s search features since you can search for handmade specific goods. You can even search for housewares by decor style! Looking for a cute basket, it’s easy to search and you can find what youre looking for and support small businesses at the same time!

Don’t want to buy new? Check out their vintage housewares!

WARNING: You could fall into an endless rabbit hole of searching and digging on Etsy, but it can be fun + you can find some amazing unique treasures!

Equal Uprise*

This shop is filled with minimalist + classic housewares that you will not get bored of. I’m the type that shops for things that will last and aren’t overly trendy.

We decided to add a few of their pieces to our guest room that added some style and coziness to the space so guests can feel at home! We chose the 4-way pillow cover pale peach to cover two pillows I just picked up from Ikea. We also went with the Peshtemal Coverlet in Ivory.

Don’t miss the accessories in this shop either, they have an awesome range of hats and leather goods. Plus they also carry one of my most favorite accessories, the Birkin Basket!

equal uprise pillow and throw

Made Trade

If you drool when you go to Anthropologie, this is your spot for housewares. Except you are actually buying artisan goods, not just mass-produced cheap versions. Their textile and basket selections are on point btw!

Be sure not to miss the clothing and accessories section, they sell a variety of ethically made clothing that is very well-curated.

Schoolhouse Electric

This is the spot for quality light fixtures, clocks, and hardware. Plus, they are producing most of their products by hand in Portland, Oregon! Let me tell you, it is hard to find electrical that is responsibly sourced + made.

This shop is where we purchased the hardware for our bathroom and it made the world’s smallest bathroom seem fancy and special! If you’re curious THESE are the doorknobs we went with. Aint they purdy?

schoolhouse electric light fixture

*Items were gifted from Equal Uprise and this post was sponsored, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Some links are affiliate links in which I make a small commission when you purchase goods. This is at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support as a reader and follower of Jess with Less!

  1. WOW, Love this Post! I just moved into a new apartment so I am excited to fill my new place with stylish sustainable houseware!

  2. I love their leather backpack! But I’m really in need of some new throw pillows and the peach and the terracotta pillows would go perfectly with a new art piece we got for our living room!!! Thanks for sharing because I hadn’t heard of some of these places.

    1. Perfect timing for this post! My boyfriend and I just moved in together and are attempting a low waste/sustainable household. Thank you!

  3. On my word – such great recommendations! Can’t wait to get decorating! My favourite items are probably the alpaca blankets and the leather baskets – although, I’d love one of everything. ?

  4. Some of my favourites are the Sierra Pillow cover & the Peshtemal style coverlet in Black/ white all the products speak to me because of the clean lines & Artisanal quality

  5. All of it?? haha, no but seriously all of their stuff is totally my decorating/house aesthetic. If I won, I would probably pick terra cotta/natural stripe pillow and horizon pillow in olive!

  6. Great pick with the 4-way pillow cover in pale peach! One of my favourites as well and is definitely on my list! Love their leather products… and thank you for sharing these great sustainable brands! I will definitely add them to my list

  7. Just moved to a new apartment and I’ve been slowly thrifting for things to add to it, but these sites will make it so much easier! Also, the peach pillows are ?

  8. Wow I love all of their stuff but I especially love charcoal and red striped alpaca blanket is my favorite!!

  9. After selling most of our homeware and furniture before a move that fell through, my husband and I are lacking in the decor department! Looking to make more mindful choices when it comes to decorating our new apartment. Thanks for the inspiring blog!

  10. Love the equal uprise alpaca throw blankets. I purchased one last winter and it was wonderful to cozy up with on the couch with a cup of tea!

  11. Great post as I’m doing some tweaking to my home this year, adding a chaise lounge for a reading nook. Would love a throw, like the many options from Equal Uprising, to cuddle up with!

  12. Love this post! I furnished my apartment all secondhand but there are still a few pieces (textiles, chairs, etc) that I haven’t been able to find what I’m looking for used. These are all such incredible companies to support while contributing to a more sustainable home 🙂 love!

  13. I love your suggestions, especially schoolhouse electric! My husband and I are moving into a 1900 farmhouse and I’m trying to source items from thrift stores, but it’s exhausting. I’m hoping to use some of your ideas.

  14. My partner and I just bought our first home… I’m starting to get excited about getting cozy things for the cold weather ahead. I love the Alpaca Blanket in Colorful Stripes!

  15. I love Schoolhouse Electric! A true gem in Portland. We are moving this weekend so good advice for shopping. Thanks for the post, great info!

  16. I love this so much! So nice to see some affordable options. I moved into my first apartment this week and really struggled with finding sustainable furniture. I tried to find a nontoxic couch and the only ones I could find were over 2000 dollars!! Needless to say still looking for a used one but so fun to see the amazing decor options here!

  17. Thank you for this post. I’m always on the look out for sustainable houseware. I’d heard of Citizenry before (absolutely LOVE their stuff) but hadn’t heard of the other brands and they sound great!

  18. i love the Alpaca Blanket with the light blue and gray stripes. it will looks so nice on my new to me leather love seat!

    1. I love their leather backpacks! I’m going back to school this fall and have been searching endlessly for a new bag. Theirs is exactly what I was looking for!

  19. I’ve been looking for sustainable houseware/household brands for a while now, so this is such a great resource for me! Always love the tips and brands you share anyways. ??

  20. A very timely post! Thank you for your recommendations. We are in need of refreshing our torn cushions so the cushions were the standout for me-especially the salmon covers but the runner and blankets also caught my attention.

  21. All of the alpaca blankets look scrumptious! My husband and I are in the middle of renovating our home as well and it’s so tricky to find pieces that are good quality, true to us, and sustainable!

  22. Love the products and their image styling so much! I’d love to update some of my space with sustainable additions.

  23. “I’m the type that shops for things that will last and aren’t overly trendy” is definitely something that resonates with me. Thanks for the recommendations! I’m in love with that ivory blanket you chose.

  24. Jess! Thank you for this! I find myself thinking about shopping sustainably for my clothes and food primarily, and this is a crazy good reminder to be responsible in all purchase ventures. It’s a great one to bookmark as I transition out of college and into a more permanent home.

  25. I’ve never heard of a few of these companies and it’s always so good to find more options for sustainable purchasing. I’d love to get my hands on the leather tote from equal uprise!

  26. I am so glad that I was able to see this post because I was so interested with the giveaway. Turns out that this really helped me a lot, to be honest. As someone who is planning to move in the future to another country, I really found this useful. I keep in mind that when my family migrates, I want to have our house filled with sustainable products. I already knew about Equal Uprise because of their leather accessories; their bags are my absolute favorite. On the other hand, the other brands intrigued me, catching my attention. Now, I have another window in my browser, checking up on them one by one.

  27. Wow, this post has great timing! I’m revamping my bedroom and the 4-way pillow cover in peach and navy would look perfect in my bed! It’s gorgeous!

  28. I am in love with the Equal Uprise Leather Backpack (honey ofc)!! I love a good bag I can use for anything. Thanks for sharing these brands! Sustainable houseware is something I don’t think about as often as clothing.

  29. Im redoing my bedroom right now so this post came in perfect timing for some inspiration! Love those pillows!!

  30. This post is great! I’ve been renovating my home and a bit at a loss about where to shop for things that are ethically made. Looking through these shops I’ve already found a couple of items that have been on my list for a while now!
    Also, the leather baskets in the shop for Equal Uprise are so cool! I have never seen anything like it! Would love it as my bread basket in the kitchen 😀

  31. My partner and I have a difficult time agreeing on furnishings, He likes cheap and I like sustainable and well made! These recommendations are great and I bet we can find some great things we both like!

  32. The Kamsah rug is ???. My fave for sure! Moving into a new place in a few months so this gives me all kinds of inspo!

  33. I Love Equal Uprise! Classic & clean style! I truly appreciate brands that are working towards slow, mindful fashion. Great post!

  34. Now that I’ve spent half my afternoon stalking every single blog post, and I’m even more obsessed than I was before. I’m 1000% inspired to move towards slow fashion ideals and second hand finds… Maybe even win some stellar pillows in the mean time ? thanks for all the secret lil tips!

  35. Love following you on Instagram and checking out the blog. I love all your suggestions and I appreciate what you’re doing for the planet ?

  36. This is awesome! I’m so glad that I came across this blog post. Yes, I did click on it because the giveaway sounded intriguing (I mean who doesn’t love Equal Uprise, right?) but I am so glad I did. I love the idea of supporting small artisan/ethical businesses and do whenever I get the chance. There is a special place in my heart for finding hand created pieces that will stay with you for a long time. This post really made me realize that I want to be even more intentional in the way I live and the things I buy! Thanks for sharing so many cool shops!!!! I also love your style and all of your cute bags!

  37. Oh yes what a great list! I actually would love a couple of the 4-way pillow cover in pale peach – I have a mint and peach rug that would work well with them. Thanks for the post!

  38. Thx for the giveaway!! I love equal uprise, and am definitely coveting their Panama Hat in do Grey charcoal. It’s a must for winter to Tahoe where it’s freezing!!

  39. I have to say, their alpaca throws and a pillow look amazing and would be fantastic to have around while reading in New England this winter. Thanks for the post!

  40. So many gorgeous pieces it’s so hard to pick just one. The alpaca blankets are heavenly though ??

  41. Ooh, this is great, I’m always looking for sustainable houseware brands, they’re surprisingly hard to find! Equal Uprise and Made Trade are both new to me. I’m really digging the striped alpaca blankets from Equal Uprise!

  42. Omg! I am moving soon and have been looking for some sustainable/second hand brands. I’m obsessed with the leather baskets at Equal Uprise!

  43. Thank you for this post! It is seriously helpful and also encouraging to see so many people care about who they’re buying from!

    I love alllll of Equal Uprise’s leather goods, I’d gladly take one of each ? I especially love the black leather cross body and backpack. I’ve been shopping around for an ethically made backpack before my semester starts again!

  44. Hi Jess,
    Thanks for all the awesome ethical fashion inspiration, I’m a fan! My favourite Equal Uprise item is definitely the leather backpack (swoon!).
    Cheers, Katherine

  45. It’s so encouraging and helpful to read your tips for home goods! As I’m moving and want to mindful with furnishing a house, I am so thankful for these brand recommendations! It has been fun getting creative with secondhand pieces, but sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself to something new AND ethically produced.

  46. I looked at their items and I really liked wall hanging 9.4, but I also liked the alapaca blankets since I am looking for a new one to put over my couch 🙂

  47. My husband and I are about to come upon our one year anniversary, and have agreed to make some updates to our first home while remaining in a sustainable mindset. This blog post was so helpful! Also LOVE their pillows!!

  48. Great post! I recently moved and have a goal of furnishing my new space slowly with sustainable goods. Love learning about brands like these!

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