My dodgy rental couches finally pushed me over the edge last week so I decided to spruce them up with an ethical throw. I used my trusty friend Google to browse the options and thought I’d share the amazing goodies I came across with you all. At the very end you can see which ethical throw I opted for & I’ve even included some (very) amateur before & after snaps.
Ethical Throw #1: Organic Cotton Jacquard Blanket – Liv, £78
Made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton it combines the simplicity of Danish design with Indian craftsmanship. This ethical throw rivals anything a high street interiors boutique can offer.
Ethical Throw #2: Block Printed Throw – Chandni Chowk, £59
I love the vibrant pattern on these fair trade cotton throws. Chandni Chowk specialises in hand made textiles from India & Bangladesh and these throws are a beautiful example of their products.
Ethical Throw #3: Cream and Navy Wool Throw – Luma, £80 (Full price £120)
These ethical throws are woven on a hand loom using traditional techniques, which sustains the communities that make them. The beautiful striped design brings to mind thoughts of the seaside and summer days.
Ethical Throw #4: Nkuku Moss Stitch Cotton Throw – The Natural Store, £69.95
These are beautiful, natural coloured throws that would complement most colour schemes. The loose “moss stitch” reminds me of the blankets I snuggled up in as a child and I could picture myself wrapped up in one of these, lost in a novel & sipping hot chocolate. Nkuku are committed to fair trade and reusing materials.
Ethical Throw #5: Quattro Ikat Throw – One Village, £55
This beautiful throw is actually multi-functional and can serve as a throw, a bedspread, a tablecloth or even curtains! Ikat is an ancient hand looming technique that requires the yarn to be carefully dyed before weaving. There are no surface prints, the design is in the very heart of the textile and great time & effort goes into these pieces.
Ethical Throw #6: Natural Collection Herringbone Throw – Ethical Superstore, £16.95
The smallest of the ethical throws on the list, this proves that good things can come in small packages! Personally I think buying both together is a must; the colours complement each other beautifully. These would look great draped over the arm of a sofa or at the end of a bed.
And the winning ethical throw was…..
Striped Cotton Throws – Myakka, £24.99
As soon as I spotted these 100% fair trade cotton throws I knew I was sold. The blue contains most of my favourite shades while the red matched well with a painting in our living room. They were a perfect match for me.
Here are the before and after shots of my sofas (you can see the cracks where the cheap material has worn). What do you think?