Eco-friendly homeware with style

eco friendly home accessories with style - Decorator's Notebook Shop

One of my biggest bugbears about being an ethical shopper is that too often it means compromising on style. In fact, it was this that spurred me to create the Decorator’s Notebook Shop in the first place, to bring together a collection of design-led products so there’s no need to compromise your style or your conscience. As today is #EarthDay I wanted to highlight some of my personal favourite home accessories that are kind to people and planet.


[Marble and mango wood serving board, £26.95, Decorator’s Notebook Shop]


Mango wood is one of the most eco-friendly woods around as it’s a bi-product of the fruit-growing industry. The wood is sourced from old trees that no longer bear fruit and would have otherwise been discarded.This helps mango farmers generate a valuable extra income and we employ local artisans to make a beautiful range of serving boards, pinch pots and pestle and mortars. Keep your eyes peeled for a stunning new range of mango wood furniture launching at Decorator’s Notebook this summer… you heard it here first!

Decorator's Notebook jute bag black triangles

[Black triangle jute bag, £44.95, Decorator’s Notebook Shop]


Jute is a wonderful natural fibre that grows plentifully in Bangladesh and India where our jute bags and braided baskets are made. It’s a rain-fed crop so precious water doesn’t have to be diverted to make it grow and it has little need for chemical fertilisers or pesticides. This makes jute one of the most eco-friendly natural fibres available.

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[Double sided picture frames, from £12.95, Decorator’s Notebook Shop]


Glass is a remarkable material as it can be endlessly recycled without losing quality, preserving precious resources. Recycled glass is the choice for all our double sided picture frames, terrariums, chai tea glasses and candle holders at Decorator’s Notebook. The metal in our frames and terrariums is recycled too.


[Leather journal, £29.95, Decorator’s Notebook Shop]


Our leather journals and photo albums are filled with beautiful paper made from recycled cotton rags. This tree-free paper is made without wood pulp, helping to prevent deforestation which leads to wildlife loss and accelerates climate change.


[Kenyan baskets, £25.95, Decorator’s Notebook Shop]


Sisal is another wonderful natural plant fibre that grows plentifully in Kasigau in Kenya, where our baskets are made by members of several women’s weaving co-operatives. Farming is the traditional local industry but droughts are common and the harvest is unreliable. The income earned from basket weaving can be used to purchase food in bad years instead of hunting endangered wildlife.


[Kantha quilt made from vintage saris, £165, Decorator’s Notebook]


Our beautiful kantha quilts are made from recycled sari cotton, layered and stitched together by the wonderful ladies at Basha. The traditional skill of turning saris into warm quilts breathes new life into the discarded cloth and helps vulnerable women rebuild their lives in the process.

Double sided picture frames distressed wood - Decorator's Notebook shop

[Distressed wood picture frames, £14.95, Decorator’s Notebook Shop]


Wood is a precious resource for our planet, so whenever possible we choose scrap wood for our products. These double sided picture frames are made from discarded wood off-cuts, painted and distressed to give a rustic vintage look. Continuing the recycled theme, the hanging ribbon is made from old saris.

Discover the complete collection of eco-friendly and ethical homeware and gifts in the Decorator’s Notebook Shop. Right now, there’s free UK delivery on your first order when you join the mailing list.

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