Ever wondered about how ethics impacts of interior design? Where are the best places to source sustainable items and ethically made furniture? Wendy from Moral Fibres talks to us about how she made her toddler’s room ethical.
Buying second hand was her first port of call and finding a single bed frame on Gumtree proved easy. Wendy says ‘ we initially thought about getting her a toddler bed, but then I thought she’d only be in it a year or two before we would need to get her a single bed. This didn’t seem particularly sustainable or purse-friendly so I got busy scouring Gumtree and on my first search came across a beautiful secondhand single bed in a classic style for only £30.’
When it came to mattresses they decided against pre-used and instead looked into what the high street offered in ethically made ones. They found that John Lewis actually stocked a hemp made eco-friendly option but at quite a hefty price tag (£425) and instead settled on their cheaper UK made option that claimed it was made from ‘responsibly sourced materials’. They were able to pick one up for £100 although some styles were cheaper at £60 for a single.
For the duvet Wendy was after something machine wash friendly (essential when you are a busy mum!) but also eco-friendly and ethical. She says ‘ I found one in Marks & Spencer for £29.50 – it’s made in the UK, and it’s anti-allergen filling is made from recycled plastic bottles. It can be washed in the machine up to 50°C too, so it fitted the bill perfectly. For chilly nights I also picked up a hand crocheted blanket on eBay for much cheapness.’
Thanks so much for the tips Wendy!