As a shopper that likes to consider the ethical and environmental implications of each purchase, creating a wedding registry — or any wishlist for that matter — can be overwhelming. How do we tell our loved ones that we don’t want a cheaply-made set of tableware or pillows made from polyester? How do we tell them that we want to make sure all the products in my home are sustainably-made or secondhand?
Thankfully, for all of us looking to fill our homes with fewer, better, more responsibly-made things, there is a registry for us now! We have partnered up with MyRegistry to make it simple to add all of our beautiful sustainable and fair trade goods to your registries. MyRegistry is a universal registry, so you can add products from multiple sites if you’d like, too.
Below are some of our favorite pieces on Made Trade that’s perfect for building your own eco friendly and ethical registry! For even more ideas, check out our Home Goods Collection.
For the Kitchen and Dining Room
This stoneware dinner plate set is the perfect timeless and minimalist addition to any kitchen. Hand-glazed and created using a 2000-year old traditional process, Carthage.Co brings the heritage of North Africa from Tunisia to your newlywed’s dinner table.
Made by local artisans in Tunisia who’ve passed down the tradition of creating stoneware dishes from generation to generation, Carthage.Co provides educational and economic opportunities to continue this handmade tradition for years to come.
Nothing better to encourage healthy eating than a stunning salad bowl, right? Handcrafted with bamboo by artisans in Vietnam using only natural varnishes and lacquers, this bowl from Bibol is as ecologically responsible as it is aesthetically pleasing.
One of our favorite low waste swaps is cloth napkins! Besides saving money and a whole lot of trees in the long-run by avoiding purchasing single-use paper napkins, cloth napkins are so much softer and each meal feel a bit more elevated. We have so many lovely cloth napkins so it was really tough to choose one, but we landed on these flax linen napkins from Creative Women — the color is bright and vibrant yet warm and inviting and the stonewashed look gives it a homey feel.
A beautiful glass for the newly wed’s dinner parties or morning breakfast, Newly Good’s 100% Recycled Collins Glasses set is sophisticated and sustainable. The groom and bride can enjoy a refreshing beverage knowing these glasses are environmentally friendly and embody fair trade values.
Newly Good’s glassware is hand blown from recycled glass by small artisan shops in Spain. All the artisans are paid living wages for their stunning glassware and using recycled glass helps ensure the conservation of natural resources.
5. KAZI Fringed Natural Drink Coasters — $30
KAZI’s stunning, multicolored drink coasters are guaranteed to add character. Handmade with natural raffia and banana fibers and colored with natural dyes, KAZI sources all their materials from native African fibers that are readily available for their artisans.
KAZI also reinvests their profits to train rural farmers how to become artisans, teaching new techniques and skills. KAZI is a member of the Fair Trade Federation and implements fair trade practices across their organization, like paying their artisans a fair and livable wage.
6. FINEX Cast Iron Skillet — $195+
Trying new fun and fresh recipes like this homemade cast iron bread and vegan deep dish pizza is easy with FINEX’s Cast Iron Skillet. Beautifully versatile and guaranteed to last a lifetime, these cast iron skillets are a whole other caliber.
Each skillet is made of 100% North American quality cast iron which is polished and pre-seasoned to perfection by a small team in Portland, Oregon. The flaxseed oil used to season the skillet ensures an exceptional non-stick surface that’s perfect for any heat source.
7. Sertodo Copper 2.5 Quart Sauce Pot — $295
If you’re looking for a new addition to your copper-themed kitchen, this is the world-class addition you need. Spruce up your kitchen with Sertodo’s handcrafted hammered saucepan that’s made with 100% recycled copper and is extremely lightweight, making it easy to control.
Sertodo has worked with master copper artisans in Mexico to create their goods since 1997. Made with a heritage craft that’s been passed down for over 1000 years, Sertodo’s copper goods will be a gorgeous and aesthetically pleasing piece of kitchenware that can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Decanting your cooking oils into decorative bottles is an excellent way to elevate your counter and tabletop. The Elixir Olive Oil Bottle is another durably handcrafted porcelain piece from The Bright Angle.
While the main function of this decanter is to store oils, it also makes an excellent vessel for cocktail syrups, vinegar, infusions, and even dish soap. Available in several colors, these bottles will fit right in with any minimal modern decor.
For entertaining made easy, this tray is sleek and versatile, great for serving drinks, carrying plates to the table, or as a decorative tray on an ottoman.
Each tray is made from a single piece of 100% recycled Italian acrylic in South Carolina without harsh glues or chemical solvents.
10. Ekobo Recycled Bamboo Large Storage Jar Set — $30 for 3
Perfect for storing snacks at home or for taking with you on the go, Ekobo’s storage jars are one versatile kitchen item. As opposed to plastic storage containers, Ekobo’s jars are made from sustainable materials and are built to last.
Each jar is made using BIOBU® FSC-certified bamboo fiber eco-composite and highly renewable cork — materials you can feel good about storing food in!
11. Mbare Teak 3 Part Serving Platter — $78
Wow the newlyweds in your life with this beautiful, geometric and minimalist serving platter — perfect for making an aesthetically pleasing grazing board! This exceptionally made wooden platter was hand-carved from a single piece of teak wood by Dembe Sow, one of Mbare’s artisans who belongs to the Laobe community.
The Laobe community consists of traditional craftspeople who specialize in working and carving the wood from the Tectona Grandis tree. Mbare adheres to fair trade practices and pays living wages to all 2,000 of their artisans, and a majority of their partners are fair trade certified.
For Living Spaces
Gift a timeless and minimalistic piece of functional decor with Moonshine Design’s Speckled Stoneware Planter. Non-toxic and lead-free, this indoor planter is a great vessel for all the plant-loving couples you’re shopping for. Each ceramic planter is handcrafted in small batches and hand-glazed with care in Houston, Texas.
13. Kiliim Mint Lotus Rug — $115+
Kiliim’s striking rugs handmade by kilim artisans in Fowwa, Egypt are true statement pieces. This lotus rug is like having a piece of textile art right on your floor.
The talented makers behind Kiliim’s rugs descend from generations of kilim artisans and they take pride and honor in their time-honored heritage craft, creating one-of-a-kind authentic kilim rugs for customers around the world.
14. Minna Abstract Merino Throw Blanket in Oat — $365
This playful, handwoven blanket from Minna is a unique decor piece for tossing over a chaise, cozying up with on the sofa — or even for hanging on display. The artfully designed throw was handcrafted by artisans in a women’s cooperative in Uruguay from high-quality merino wool.
15. Ichcha Nazar in Coral Rust Curtains — $57-$65
These mesmerizing block-printed curtains were naturally dyed by hand using a mud-resistant technique, making them a truly one-of-a-kind decor piece. And when you peel the curtain back on Ichcha’s beautiful home decor, you’ll find that they were made with just as beautiful of a process.
Ichcha is a women-of-color-owned business collaborating with artisans across rural India who set their prices for their pieces and receive free medical checkups for themselves and their families.
16. Conejo & Co Eclipse Wall Hanging — $180
With its warm golden hues and natural flax linen cloth, this Conejo & Co. wall hanging feels like the kind of decor piece that will add a feeling of coziness and hominess to any space. Having this piece hung at the entryway of your living space is sure to make each visitor feel right at home.
Each Conejo & Co. piece is made-to-order just for you, entirely hand-painted by brand owner and artist Molly Millar Dodge in her studio in California.
One of the best ways to curate a minimalist home is to carefully select versatile decor pieces! These handwoven Swahili African Modern sisal baskets ethically made by Kenyan women fit the bill — their intricate designs make them beautiful decor while their spacious size also makes them great storage pieces.
These baskets can be used for towels in a bathroom, books in a living room, and/or for accessories in a closet. These baskets were ethically handwoven from cattail stalks and upcycled plastic by women in Senegal who earn well above a living wage.
Beautiful and sophisticated, Ritual and Fancy’s Glass Votive candle is a gorgeous gift. This candle is available in 17 different scents and is made with 100% vegan soy wax from a renewable source. This exceptionally crafted candle features a one-of-a-kind arrangement of natural flower petals and has a wood wick that can burn for 18 to 24 hours. Both don’t burn it all in one sitting! You’ll definitely want to savor this beautiful decoration.
Ritual and Fancy is a woman-owned and POC-owned company, and all their candles are handmade. All candle batches are intentionally small and hand-poured, and each candle is made without harmful additives like phthalates, lead, dye, and parabens.
19. Kiliim Temple Lumbar Pillow Cover — $65
Adding a splash of color and character to a home is easy with Kiliim’s Temple Lumbar Pillow cover. Made with 100% handwoven premium Egyptian cotton and sourced from local markets, this lumbar pillow is as carefully handcrafted as it is aesthetically pleasing.
Kiliim is dedicated to revive and preserve the Egyptian heritage, local craft of handmade kilim making by incorporating new, modern designs. Using time-honoring techniques, Kiliim’s artisans are paid livable wages for their craftsmanship and only use the finest quality wool yarn and dyes, guaranteeing their pillow covers will last a lifetime.
For the Bed and Bathroom
20. Coyuchi Temescal Ribbed Towels Undyed — $68
IIncredibly fluffy and super soft, Coyuchi’s Temescal ribbed towels are guaranteed to add a bit of everyday luxury. A set of these plush towels made from long-staple GOTS-certified organic cotton would be the ultimate wedding or housewarming gift and they most definitely are going to be on my wedding registry.
Matching bathrobes are always a great couple gift, and these bamboo lyocell unisex robes from Ettitude look silky soft and super comfy — plus the honeycomb texture makes these robes quick-drying, too. And there’s a lot to love about the sustainability behind this brand: Ettitude’s lyocell fabric is made in a closed-loop process using FSC-certified bamboo and the packaging from the brand is made using leftover fabric!
22. Sijo French Linen Sheet Set in Snow — $145+
Selecting bedding is never easy (which is why we created an entire guide to how to select the right bedding fabric for you!) but these 100% French flax linen sheets from Sijo look like the perfect fit. Linen is an insulating material making it ideal for temperature regulation year-round — a characteristic that is especially appealing if you live in places where the weather can range from near blizzard-level snowstorms to hot and humid within just a few months.
What’s exceptional about Sijo is that their linen is made with dew-retted flax sustainably sourced from Normandy, France.
23. Eucalypso Tencel Duvet Cover in Dark Gray — $129
Snuggling into this hypoallergenic, incredibly soft and comfortable duvet cover is even better when you know they’re made from sustainably harvested and organic eucalyptus trees. Eucalypso’s sheets and duvet covers embody sustainability and eco friendly values not only through their sustainable sourcing but also their OEKO-TEX certification.
Eucalypso’s bedding made from natural eucalyptus fibers is more sustainable than cotton due to their 100% closed-loop system, ensuring zero waste. Free of chemical dyes and fair trade certified, Eucalypso ensures safe working environments and pays their workers fair living wages.
This handwoven basket is one aesthetically pleasing way to store dirty clothes! Swahili African Modern’s laundry hamper is made with locally sourced all-natural grasses and upcycled plastic strips by women in Senegal who earn above living wages and work within the comfort of their villages. The slow-made, thoughtfully crafted basket could also be used to store blankets or other household items.
25. Anchal Project Prism Slate Lumbar Pillow, Bone Lumbar Pillow, Slate Throw Pillow, and Bone Throw Pillow — $85
Anchal Project’s intricately patterned throw pillows work great as bedding or as decor pieces on a chair or sofa. The bright blue color pops well with a beige or off-white bedding set. Each pillow is made from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton by women artisans in Ajmer, India. (For more on Anchal Project, check out our spotlight on the brand here!)