Furnishing a new place is actually an excellent opportunity to give back. You need to fill your space in one way or another, so why not opt for companies that donate part of their sales to charity — or support less fortunate artisans around the world? Well, tracking down these companies is an excuse no more, because we've done it for you.
So below, seven of our favorite home brands that give back. You'll want to bookmark this.
1. Boon Supply
Lily Kanter — the cofounder of home brand Serena & Lily — is behind Boon Supply. Here you can find anything from lunch boxes to bakeware. Fifty percent of your purchase is donated to the cause of your choice, whether it's a non-profit from the Boon Supply network or your own personal fundraiser. Plus, prices are affordable.
Every Meridian decor accent is handmade by artisans from around the world, creating awesome employment opportunities. Whether you're looking for throw pillows or children's toys, there's something for everybody. Prices are mid-range. Learn more about Meridian's mission by reading our profile on founder Ashley Viola.
The goods sold on Ten Thousand Villages are by 20,000 makers in 30 developing countries. Ten Thousand Villages was founded in 1946 and $140 million in sustainable income has been earned by its makers since then. You can find a wide range of products — from candles to baskets — and prices on the site. There are also brick-and-mortar locations in many states.
Sackcloth and Ashes is a blanket shop. For every blanket sold, one is donated to your local homeless shelter. So, when you order, they take a peek at your zip code to find one nearby. Prices are mid-range. We think this is a great gift idea!
5. Canvas Home
Ten percent of the profits Canvas Home makes go to organizations supporting artisan groups. You can find anything you need for your home here, ranging from furniture to flatware. Prices are mid-range.
6. Society B
Ten percent of Society B's sales go to charities. These charities are: Action Against Hunger (committed to ending world hunger), the Kids In Need Foundation (provides free school supplies nationally), the Preemptive Love Coalition (provides food, water, and medical care to refugees in need internationally), and Water.org (work to provide safe water and toilets internationally). Their small home section includes items like candles, utensils, and bowls at mid-range prices.
For every ten mattresses Leesa sells, one is donated to a variety of national organizations. They've donated over 26,000 mattresses since 2014, in fact. You can purchase a Leesa mattress online or at West Elm. It comes to you conveniently rolled up in a box, and prices are mid-range.
Carolin Lehmann is an Associate Editor at Hunker. She's a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and has previously written for HuffPost, Seventeen magazine, and a variety of local news outlets. As a studio apartment dweller, she's always on the lookout for new ways to decorate a rental on a budget.