Building, renovating or just dressing up the décor in your home? Sydney is a design lover’s dream, with stores selling modern, vintage, quirky and beautifully bespoke pieces in every corner of the city. And now, you no longer need to compromise style for sustainability. If you want to go green, you can: eco-chic homewares stores are popping all over the city, just waiting for you to fill your home with fabulous, feel-good purchases. Here are 11 of our favourites stores, where you'll find everything from eco furniture to handmade ceramics, with a few animal-friendly charitable donations along the way. Happy shopping!
In Paddington, Totem Road is an interior design hotspot – and for good reason. The store is known for its striking, sustainable furniture, most of which is made from solid oak. Every piece can be traced back to its place of origin, and is designed to last a lifetime. As for the brand’s style, it’s a mix between mid-century and Scandinavian design.
Shop 3, 188 Oxford Street, Paddington
Top tip: Love the look of timber? Pop into Mark Tuckey’s showroom in Newport Beach. He uses recycled and sustainably sourced timber for all his furniture.
This feel-good Aussie homewares brand is not only kind on the environment – they create furniture that has a minimal footprint on the earth – they also donate one per cent of all their profits to environmental charities, too. Sustainable and ethical, their mission is to save the environment and Australia's native wildlife, so when you buy a mattress some of your purchase will go towards adopting koalas, and if you buy a sofa, you'll be giving wild turtles some love.
Store locations in Auburn and Homebush
St Peters’ Precinct 75 hub is home to the city’s creatives, and Upcycle Studio is the perfect fit. In their design careers, the two founders were frustrated with their search for beautifully designed, upcycled products – so they decided to open up their own store. It stocks sustainable homewares and gifts, as well as reusable items like coffee cups and lunchboxes.
Precinct 75, Suite 8.02, 70 Edith Street, St Peters
Planet’s philosophy is to ‘make the world a more beautiful place,’ and they’re right on point. You could deck out your entire home with its gorgeous range, which includes furniture and lighting as well as ceramics, textiles, tableware and artworks. The brand is the definition of eco-chic, and known for its simple, sustainable pieces that are made to last.
114 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
Stretching across a warehouse space in Rosebery, Koskela is all about homegrown talent. The brand was the first furniture and homewares store in Australia to be a Certified B Corp, which means it has serious eco cred. Everything is made here, from the timber tables and cushy chairs to the candles and lampshades weaved by Indigenous artisans.
Shop 1, 85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery
Hunting for a rug? Your search stops here. Armadillo & Co’s range of rugs are all handmade using natural, recycled and sustainable fibres, and they’re stunning. The designs are modern, and include eclectic, brightly patterned rugs along with neutrals. As you roll yours out, know you’re helping to support a community of artisans.
Suite 305, Level 3, 19A Boundary Street, Rushcutters Bay
With shops dotted all over Sydney, Eco Down Under is a success in sustainability. The store is as pretty as it is practical, and packed with lush linens, towels, bedding, cushions and throws. They’re free from chemicals and synthetic fibres to feel soft against even the most sensitive skin.
For beautiful neutrals and earthy, textural pieces, go straight to Papaya. The store is brimming with gorgeous homewares, kitchenware and accessories, and most of them let the natural beauty of the raw materials shine through. Made in far-flung places from Europe to Morocco, every piece tells a story – and it’s a sustainable one.
Bondi Junction, Chatswood Chase, Mosman, Birkenhead Point
One of Sydney’s most-loved brands, Jardan scores a lot of points for sustainability. As you wander through its Paddington flagship, you’ll see an achingly sophisticated selection of furniture, homewares and lighting. Behind the scenes, the company treads lightly on the planet by using local materials and cutting down on waste and energy use.
42 Oxford Street, Paddington
A treasure trove of natural, handmade homewares, Commune Bondi started as a passion project by a Bondi local. She wanted to know the story behind each product she purchased, and at Commune, that’s exactly what you get. With a peachy, coastal palette, the store is as chic as the homewares it sells, which are made by artisans all over the world.
Shop 1, 96 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach
This Newtown gem is all about conscious consumerism – in other words, by buying, you’re giving back. The boutique partners with eco-friendly, ethical and organic brands to offer a selective shopping experience. Along with homewares and kitchenware, You, The Earth and Me also stocks apparel and accessories.
345 King Street, Newtown