Here are ten suggestions that foster a sense of harmony with your surroundings, both within and outside of the confines of your home.
Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world – its stems can often be harvested in only two or three years. It requires little water and is naturally resistant to most pests, which reduces the ecological footprint of growing it. It’s a lightweight, durable, flexible material that can be incorporated into textiles in the form of silk.
Bamboo brings freshness and a silky texture to this Wuxian rug with oriental accents.
Recycled or reclaimed wood
There’s no need to cut down mature trees or use forestry equipment to make this material your own: just scour water bodies and buildings that are slated for demolition in search of abandoned beauty. Each piece of salvaged wood is unique and has its own history, adding to the distinctive character of the resulting furniture.
The Indira collection preserves architectural fragments of built heritage and transforms them into bookcases, tables, cabinets, and mirrors that highlight their traditional designs.
Jute is a completely biodegradable natural fibre derived from fast-growing plants that require little water, fertilizer, or pesticides. It’s woven into strong yarns or ropes for rugs, cushions, and other decorative accessories.
Jute can be kept in its natural appearance or customized with a dye, depending on the desired effect. Do you prefer this Native bohemian wall decor in its original colour or in black?
Just like hair that never stops growing, sheep produce wool throughout their lives. This natural, fully biodegradable material adapts to body temperature, which is why it feels so much better and more comfortable when you snuggle up with a soft pillow, wrap yourself in a thick throw or walk barefoot on a soft rug.
Whether made from knitted, woven, silky, plush, coloured or raw-looking wool, real wool accessories add warmth and comfort to your decor.
An item that is made of durable material won’t need to be replaced for a very long time. Genuine leather furniture is the perfect example of such a long-term investment. It’s highly durable and often repairable and its beauty increases as the years go by.
With proper care, an Italian leather chair or sofa will retain its comfort and appearance for decades without needing to be replaced.
Grown for thousands of years, linen is a resilient plant that thrives even in poor soil and requires very little water. Its natural fibre is highly resistant, which is why linen is found in most pairs of jeans. It’s also entirely biodegradable, and lends itself to a multitude of applications.
The many qualities of linen make it an environmentally responsible material for cushions and even lampshades.
It takes a lot of equipment and energy to extract ore from the ground, sort it, melt it, transform it, and shape it into furniture and everyday objects. The upcycling of recycled metals bypasses this whole process by giving a new vocation to this material with an incomparable lifespan.
Scratches, slight imperfections, pieces that show signs of their past usage: this is what gives each recycled metal item its unique character.
Locally produced goods travel shorter distances, thus reducing their carbon footprint. By buying locally, you also support local talent and contribute to the Canadian economy.
Take a look at our Made in Canada collections to discover a wide range of artworks, decorative accessories, cushions and furniture made in Quebec and Canada.
A growing number of cities and countries, including Canada, are now banning certain single-use plastic items, such as utensils, grocery bags and take-out food containers. While we wait for a world without plastic, inventive entrepreneurs are finding ways to recycle and repurpose this lightweight, durable material.
The green knit velvet covering of the Wiktoria sofa is made of 59% recycled polyester and 41% polyester certified allergen-free.
Like aluminum, glass is one of the few materials that can be recycled over and over again. It also takes much less energy to sort, clean, crush, melt and shape existing glassware than to make new glassware from raw materials such as silica and lime.
Recycled glass can be transformed into vases of almost any colour, opacity and shape, such as the antique-inspired Eberia, the muted hues of the Neama collection, the organic and fun shapes of the Nicia designs, or the retro-inspired colours of the Nea vases.
By choosing these eco-friendly materials, you are helping to preserve our planet while providing your home with unique furniture and accessories.