When the ink is dry on your new lease and the keys are handed over, you’re given a blank slate to fill. To outfit your new nest sustainably, consider renting furniture and décor from eco-conscious companies whose products go easy on your wallet and the planet.
The average person moves 11 times in their lifetime—that’s a lot of different-sized spaces, color palettes and room configurations. With the popularity of the circular economy, companies like CORT, Rent-A-Center and West Elm are helping eliminate single-use items that all too often end up in landfills.
CORT supplies residential furnishings for every room of your home—from bedrooms to dining areas to home offices, as well as décor, electronics and housewares. In addition to furniture, Rent-A-Center also rents appliances and electronics, like televisions and refrigerators, with the option to buy those items and apply your monthly rental fee to the purchase price.
Textiles are another source of landfill waste that we don’t typically think about, even though synthetics do not decompose, and natural fibers may release greenhouse gases. Rent the Runway and West Elm have teamed up to make it easy to reduce your footprint—offering textile décor bundles through its monthly subscription service. Members can choose from curated bedroom and living room bundles that include blankets, throws and pillows.
If the standard white walls of an apartment aren’t your jam, give the room a makeover with temporary wallpaper. Triangle-based Spoonflower offers eco-friendly removable wallpaper that is formaldehyde-, phthalate- and PVC-free, and can jazz up anything from accent walls to bookcases. Choose from an incredible array of designs or even create your own pattern, all of which are printed locally in Durham, North Carolina.
Whether you’re settling into your new address for a short stint or the long haul, these innovative companies make it possible for sustainability and style to be at home in your new apartment.