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THE MINDFUL HOME EDIT
Our homes no longer simply serve as a place to rest our heads; they are an extension of our style and values. Thankfully, a slew of interior and living brands are helping elevate our home and living experiences through both aesthetics and ethos. The best part? You can fall in love with these home comforts' quality and appeal first and their eco-credentials after.
1. URBAN NATURE CULTURE
Created in Amsterdam, Urban Nature Culture is quietly garnering a cult following for their radically earth-kind creations. Think beautifully imperfect hand-painted earthenware, sustainable mango-wood salad servers, bowls and boards crafted in India; essentially everything you need to create a dining collection that is equal parts timeless and low-impact.
A lifestyle stalwart that requires no introduction is Chilly's; the brand on a mission to accelerate the adoption and everyday use of reusable products. Transforming the way we view reusable bottles, they’re funky, they’re fun, and most importantly, they keep water ice-cold for 24 hours. The new Second Series collection is soft-touch and antimicrobial, with carrying loops added to both coffee cups and water bottles for ease of use. Not just leaders in reusable water bottles, Chilly's has also added stainless-steel food pots to their arsenal, all of which offer temperature control for up to 12 hours. The minimalist shapes and pared-back colour palettes are a chic addition to countertops and desks.
Sligo-based Voya brings the exquisite to home olfactory offerings. The seaweed aficionados blend essential and fine oils to create luxe hand washes and balms, soy wax candles and diffusers, all of which deliver the Wild Atlantic Way to everyday rituals. The Lazy Days detoxifying seaweed bath is the last word in self-care and will look as beautiful displayed in a rattan basket in your bathroom as it will soaking in the tub. The seaweed is hand-harvest in Ireland and the formulations are made with 76% organic ingredients and certified by Soil Association and PETA, enhancing homes without leaving a mark on the planet.
4. GRÁ CHOCOLATES
Speaking of decadence, if you haven't had the pleasure of sampling Grá Chocolates yet, this is your sign. These award-winning hand-painted truffles and pralines are made in small batches in Galway, using ethically sourced raw ingredients, including Valrhona Chocolate, Casa Luker cocoa butter and Irish cream and butter. Chocolatier Gráinne Mullins' artistry is a delight; each umber nougat is speckled in duck egg blues, tangerine-bright oranges and pinks, creating edible art that is (almost) too good to eat. Serve after dinner to leave guests awe-inspired.
With tariffs set to be imposed on single-use cups later this year, there's never been a better time to invest in a grown-up travel mug. Bodum is living proof that practical doesn't have to mean plain; the Scandi coffee and tea experts have created the ultimate selection of reusable stainless-steel vessels with the motto, "make taste, not waste." Choose from silver, gold or rose, each of which is designed to be as user-friendly and eco-friendly as possible.
However you update your living space this summer, choosing brands that look good and do good has never felt more at home.
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Why stop there? Discover even more sustainable living updates you can easily make, this time upstairs, in Cooling Summer Bedroom Ideas.