Hannah Ricci is a freelance writer and florist, and owns Ruby Rhino – an upcycled furniture and homeware brand. She is passionate about interiors and documents her home decorating tips, favourite trends and market finds on the Ruby Rhino blog. In her spare time, Hannah can be found treasure hunting for vintage gems and restoring old furniture; cooking up a storm (read: mess) in the kitchen and planning her October wedding to her beau and business partner, Gavin.
I’m a long time Etsy fan and recently relaunched our shop with a new range of wall art and furniture handmade from reclaimed wood, plus a small stationery range made from recycled Kraft card. I love championing sustainable materials and showing that eco-friendly wares can be super stylish too. Here are some of my fave finds from Etsy sellers that share my green credentials.
Reclaimed wood is our material of choice at Ruby Rhino. It has so much more character than the new stuff, and is full of interesting features and signs from its former use – whatever that may be. I also love the transformation process of turning dirty, dusty old floorboards for example, into a piece of individual art or furniture. It is immensely satisfying. I’m inspired by how these sellers use reclaimed wood to create unique and beautiful items too.
Many of my friends are having babies at the moment and I really like buying them gifts made from sustainable, reclaimed or natural materials. There are heaps of great products on Etsy that look after the health of our little ones and the planet.
1. Folded Book Art by LucianaFrigerio, 2. Abstract Geometric Art Print by RedPaperHouse, 3. Orange Linocut by heatherirvinefineart, 4. Vintage Book Print by PaperArcadia, 5. Pair of Owls Card by Justineellis .
I buy most of my art prints from Etsy . There’s just so much choice and creativity – it’s quite overwhelming! I particularly like art that has a recycled element as I think it requires an extra challenge to be creative by reusing or repurposing old materials. I also like pieces that send a message to be mindful about the environment in a cool and quirky way.
1. Organic cotton T-towel by BeetrootPress, 2. Recycled CD Tea Light Holder by FancyTatCrafts, 3. Upcycled coffee sack by thecoffeebagcompany, 4. Custom made House number by DavidMeddingsDeSign, 5. iPad Sleeve by CaseClosedUK.
Eco-friendly homewares used to bring to mind tacky bottle-top chandeliers and scratchy jute rugs but eco-designer makers have really upped their game and shoppers can now find a wealth of fabulously stylish pieces for the home. From reclaimed metal and sacking, to natural fabrics like cotton, linen, wool and felt, there’s so much inspiration to make your home more natural and kind to the environment.
I must admit, fashion is one of the harder areas to make stylish eco-friendly choices – particularly without blowing your budget on designer labels. Hopefully more and more designers will soon follow the lead of sustainable fashion champion Oliver Firth, just like these Etsy sellers will their stylish organic or recycled wares.