Fair Trade Furniture [Your Ultimate Guide]

Fair trade furniture & sustainable accessory for your home.

Are you struggling to find furniture that fits both your values and your individual style?

That’s real!

Finding furniture that brings the perfect amount of personality to your home can get overwhelming in itself. And when you add your values into the mix, it can feel like an impossible task to find something that will work for you.

Luckily, this is the perfect guide to ease the pain.

Below, you’ll discover 15 places to find the ideal fair trade furniture for you.

I carefully reviewed each vendor and their furniture based on the following criteria:

  • Ethical, fair trade practices
  • Eco-friendly materials
  • High-quality
  • Sustainably sourced wood

So let’s jump right in and find the best fair trade furniture for you!

1. VivaTerra

Types of Furniture: side tables, benches, desks, sofas, stools, dining tables, shelves, chairs

Features: fair trade, eco-friendly, some items made in the USA

Where to Buy: Online only

Price: $-$$

VivaTerra — which means “living earth” — aims to work in harmony with nature by providing products that are eco-conscious, sustainable, and ethically made.

They source products that are handcrafted, made from recycled or reclaimed materials, made with natural materials, made in the USA and created with sustainably harvested wood.

Choose from materials like: vintage fir, reclaimed furniture, upholstered furniture, wood furniture, and metal furniture.

VivaTerra is the perfect choice for anyone looking for furniture that will feel modern and unique while also being eco-friendly and responsibly made!

2. Made Trade 

Types of furniture: bed frames, chairs, desks, dressers, nightstands, sofas, dining tables, coffee tables, shelves

Features: fair trade, heritage, made in the USA, people of color owned, women-owned, sustainable, vegan

Where to Buy: Online only

Price:$$

Made Trade is a woman-owned, family-run company that holds itself to a high ethical standard they call being “ethically elevated.”

They source their products from lots of different vendors and make sure that all of the furniture they sell meets their high standards!

An awesome feature is that you can shop by your values on their website. Whether you’re looking for specifically fair trade furniture, furniture made in the USA or sustainable furniture, you’ll be able to find it here.

They offer a huge variety of types of furniture, but definitely expect to pay for the value you’re getting! No cheapy, low-quality stuff here, so don’t expect to pay like it is.

3. Avocado

Types of Furniture: mattresses, bed frames, end tables, dressers

Features: fair trade, organic mattresses, vegan mattresses, made in the USA, climate-neutral certified, use of reclaimed wood

Where to Buy: Online only

Price: $$$

You can stay sustainable and ethical with Avocado’s beautiful furniture collection.

If you’re looking for a completely sustainable mattress that is organic, fair trade, biodegradable/recyclable, non-toxic certified and just all-around amazing, this is the mattress company for you.

Avocado is a company that makes their products with social responsibility and equality in mind. Whether it’s those in India who harvest cotton or wool or those in Los Angeles who craft their mattresses and dressers together, all are valued equally and treated with respect.

Their dressers, end tables, and bed frames are made with 100% reclaimed solid douglas fir wood. All of the wood is sourced locally in California (without harming any trees in the process!).

4. West Elm 

Types of Furniture: dressers, dining tables, nightstands, desks, media consoles, bed frames, cribs, coffee tables, side tables

Features: fair trade, FSC-certified wood

Where to Buy: Online and in-store

Price: $$-$$$

West Elm is well-known all over the world as a reliable company in all things furniture, home decor, linens, and kitchenware. And now they offer collections focused on fair trade, organics, and sustainably sourced materials too!

While offering a huge selection of certified fair trade furniture (made with FSC-certified wood), their fair trade program impacts over 12,000 workers and requires each factory to go through a 12-stage verification process to make sure that there are safe working conditions and fair wages for all.

Anyone looking for modern designs made with social responsibility in mind will find hundreds of beautiful options at West Elm.

Click on the shop for good tab on their website to explore their sustainable and socially responsible collections.

5. Vermont Woods Studios 

Types of Furniture: bed frames, dressers, nightstands, dining tables, dining chairs, bar chairs, china cabinets, media consoles, coffee tables, end tables, accent tables, rocking chairs, desks, filing cabinets, bookcases

Features: handcrafted in Vermont, guaranteed for life, fully customizable, sustainably sourced North American wood, use of natural hardwoods, dedicated to fighting against deforestation

Where to Buy: Online or in-store in Vernon, Vermont

Price: $$$

Vermont Woods Studios strives to impact positive change in the world of furniture. They’re fighting against deforestation of rainforests by making furniture that’s made from sustainably sourced wood from North America.

They protect animal habitats and preserve the lifetime of the forests by only taking from healthy, well-managed forests.

And to add to all of that, they’ve planted over 60,000 trees in their effort to help reforestation in the Amazon!

Ok. So they’re super sustainable and responsible, but how’s their actual furniture?

BEAUTIFUL.

Each piece is handcrafted by woodworkers who, by the way, are paid fairly and work in safe working conditions.

You can also search for furniture by location if you’re located in Vermont and would like to have your furniture made locally.

If you’re looking for quality furniture made with sustainability in mind, this might just be the perfect furniture for you!

6. The Citizenry

Types of Furniture: chairs, ottomans side tables, coffee tables, nightstands, bath furniture

Features: fair trade practices, handcrafted

Where to Buy: Online

Price: $$-$$$

The Citizenry partners with artisans around the world and works with them to create beautiful, handmade products. They focus on celebrating the people behind their products and the stories they share through what they make.

Providing fair wages and safe working environments for their artisan partners is central to their values.

Each product is individually handcrafted, so no mass-produced, factory furniture here! You can count on getting a one-of-a-kind handmade product when you buy from the Citizenry.

If you’re looking for modern yet truly unique designs in classic earth tones, the Citizenry might just have the furniture you’ve been dreaming of.

7. Etsy Reclaimed Furniture

Types of Furniture: desks, dining tables, coffee tables, shelves, side tables, dressers, bed frames

Features: handcrafted, made in the USA, fair trade, reclaimed wood, supporting small business owners

Where to Buy: Online

Price: $-$$$

Etsy is an awesome place to find handcrafted, fair trade furniture made by talented, small business owners.

There are hundreds of amazing pieces on Etsy just waiting to be loved! New items are posted each day, so keep your eye out, you never know when someone will post your that piece you’ve been dreaming of!

Another amazing side to Etsy is that many sellers do customized orders! You can customize your piece to be exactly as you envisioned it. Just ask!

I’d recommend narrowing down your search by setting filters like handmade, and USA shop location. Just be sure to clarify with the seller that they handmade/reclaimed/upcycled the piece themselves, before buying.

8. Chairish

Types of Furniture: bed frames, dressers, shelves, nightstands, vanities, benches, ottomans, dining chairs, sofas, stools, coffee tables, dining tables, accent tables

Features: used, vintage, antique

Where to Buy: Online only

Price: $-$$$

Chairish is the perfect place for buying and selling vintage or used furniture. You’ll be able to find plenty of unique, memorable pieces on Chairish that you definitely wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else!

Even though Charish isn’t technically a fair-trade seller, they made the list because selling used furniture means that there’s not much to worry about with fair trade practices. Because you’re buying the furniture from it’s previous owner!

If you’re looking for something that matches your vintage vibes and ethical standards, this site will definitely be a hit for you.

9. The Joinery

Types of Furniture: bed frames, nightstands, dressers, mattresses, dining tables, dining chairs, sofas, lounge chairs, coffee tables, end tables, media consoles, desks, bookcases, file cabinets, coat racks

Features: handcrafted in Oregon, use of solid hardwoods, “furniture for life” guarantee, certified B corps

Where to Buy: Online or in-store in Portland, Oregon

Price: $$$

The Joinery is a business that puts its heart and soul into the pieces they create. Each piece is created by an individual woodworker in Oregon. The Joinery makes sure that they’re treated fairly through their socially responsible labor practices.

Their furniture is made from a variety of solid hardwoods like Cherry, Western Walnut, Eastern Walnut, Maple and Oregon White Oak.

If you’ve been envisioning your dream dining table or desk, the Joinery will work with you to make that dream a reality!

And to add to all of that, the Joinery is a Certified B Corporation that’s recognized for its environmental efforts. They get their wood locally from environmentally responsible sources in Oregon and Washington. And the majority of their wood is FSC-certified.

If you’re searching for handcrafted wood furniture that’s made with the environment and people in mind, this might be the perfect fit for you.

10. Resource Furniture

Types of Furniture: wall beds, coffee tables, desks, dining tables, side tables, benches, ottomans, dining chairs, folding chairs, sofas, stools, recliners, shelves, cabinets, media consoles, mattresses

Features: space-saving furniture, modern, environmentally friendly, fair wages and work environments, high quality

Where to Buy: Online or in-store in various showrooms across the USA, Canada, and Mexico

Price: Must request a quote

Are you living in a small apartment or home with minimal space? Do you want to add more roominess and versatility to your living spaces? Are you itching to change up your living space with ease on any given day?

If yes, Resource Furniture is definitely for you. They specialize in space-saving furniture that allows spaces to be super versatile.

Yep, it’s that awesome kind of transforming furniture that can fold a bed up into the wall, turn a sofa into any shape you want, and expand your kitchen table from fitting 4 to fitting 8. All while remaining a sustainable company that values its workers, the health of our planet, and its customers.

Nope, it won’t be cheap. But it’ll make your home stand out from the crowd and wow all your friends and fam at your next get-together!

11. Simbly

Types of Furniture: dining table, coffee table, desk, bench

Features: climate positive furniture, eco-friendly materials, plant a tree for every product sold, made in the USA, eco-friendly packaging, use of non-toxic materials and finishes

Where to Buy: Online (also sold by Made Trade[12]  and West Elm[13] )

Price: $$

Simbly creates furniture that’s positively impacting our environment, rather than hurting it.

Their wood comes from sustainably managed and FSC-certified forests. All of their products are made in Asheville, North Carolina (which lessens their carbon footprint by reducing travel miles to create their products).

If you’re concerned about the use of toxic chemicals, there’s no need to worry here. All of Simbly’s products are made with non-toxic materials and food-grade finishes to keep you breathing happy and worry-free.

Their products are also super affordable. So you can still buy ethically and sustainably, even if you don’t have all the money in the world.

If you’re looking for fair trade furniture that’s sustainably made while staying modern, simple, and affordable, Simbly’s furniture was made for you!

12. Urban Woods 

Types of Furniture: bed frames, bookcases, coffee tables, dining tables, desks, end tables, media console tables

Features: made from reclaimed, solid wood, made in the USA, use of non-toxic, water-based materials, commitment to sustainability, fair wages and safe work environment

Where to Buy: Online and in various showrooms

Price: $$$

Urban Woods creates sustainably made furniture by using reclaimed, solid wood and non-toxic finishes.

They use reclaimed wood to reduce wood waste in California and to fight against deforestation. All of their furniture is created in Los Angeles, CA.

They’re also super conscious of the types of glues and stains that they use on their furniture. You won’t find any toxic products here. Everything is made with water-based/water-soluble, non-toxic materials. No need to worry!

And to add to all the ways that Urban Woods is eco-friendly, they also make sure that all of their employees are paid fair wages and work in safe conditions.

Urban Woods furniture will be a great fit for you if you’re looking for beautifully made furniture that’s created with both the forests and people’s health in mind.

13. MIO

Types of Furniture: stools, shelves, coffee tables, dining tables, desks

Features: commitment to sustainability, fair trade, use renewable and recyclable materials, FSC-certified wood, made in the USA

Where to Buy: Online Only

Price: $$

MIO creates furniture that’s both modern and eco-friendly. As a certified B corporation, MIO is committed to making products that are sustainable. Each of their products differs in what sustainable practices were used to make it.

Their coffee table is locally sourced and made from renewable sources. But their flip stools have even more sustainability features like having an environmental finish, being recyclable, and being made from both renewable and recycled materials.

Each product is different, but it’s amazing how transparent this company is about the process of making their products!

If you’re looking to buy from a company that is super transparent about their sustainability and ethical practices and a company that makes high-quality furniture, MIO might just be a perfect fit for you!

14. Urbangreen Furniture

Types of Furniture: mattresses, bed frames, nightstands, dressers, sofas, coffee tables, end tables, bookcases, dining tables, filing cabinets

Features: FSC-certified and locally sourced wood, eco-friendly, made in the USA, customizable, use of low-toxicity finishes, handcrafted

Where to Buy: Online or in-store in New York

Price: $$-$$$

Urbangreen Furniture makes sure that its furniture is environmentally-friendly and sustainably made. They are based in Brooklyn, New York and all of their products are handcrafted by local craftsman in New York

They make sure that the furniture they’re creating is safe for the environment and safe for you too!

They use low-toxic finishes that exceed Federal standards so that you don’t have to worry about breathing in any sort of scary toxins when you bring their furniture into your home.

And you can be sure that Urbangreen is treating their working fairly and justly through their ethical work standards.

Also, if you’re looking for a company that will create the piece you’ve been dreaming of, UrbanGreen Furniture can work with you to make that dream come true!

15. Sabai

Types of Furniture: sofas, sectionals, and ottomans

Features: eco-friendly, fair trade practices, easy to assemble, sustainable packaging, FSC-certified wood, use of natural and recycled fibers, made in the USA

Where to Buy: Online only

Price: $$

Sabai makes sofas that are affordable, modern, and sustainably made.

The fabrics they use are made from natural fibers and recycled water bottles. All of the wood used to make their sofas is FSC-certified. AND they use certiPUR-US certified foam (which basically means that their foam doesn’t have any scary stuff in it like mercury, lead, formaldehyde or other sketchy toxins).

To add to their sustainability factor, they also make sure that all of their sofas are made ethically and with social responsibility in mind. Everything they produce is made in High Point, North Carolina.

When you order, you are able to personalize your sofa with your choice of fabric, wood, and cushions.

If you’re ready for a super sustainable, ethically made sofa, Sabai is definitely the perfect destination for you to find that dream couch.

So, did you find the fair trade furniture you’ve been dreaming of?

Hopefully, you did! And if you did, I’d love to hear which company is your favorite on this list and why!

If you weren’t so lucky in finding the perfect furniture today, what other businesses or companies do you think need to be added to this list?

Let me know in the comments below!

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