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How Handmade Artisanal Decor Is Better for the Environment

How Handmade Artisanal Decor Is Better for the Environment

There’s no question that handmade artisanal items make for beautiful pieces of home decor. They’re guaranteed to be unique and are often of better quality than factory-made pieces; however, there’s an unsung bonus about buying handmade decor. When it comes to sustainability, handmade is the clear winner. But how is handmade artisanal decor better for the environment?

From Their Hands to Yours

Handmade decor means you’re taking out factory production altogether. Often, you’ll get to talk to the artist about what materials they use, how they make their art, and how they can customize the item to make your home even more beautiful. You’re not getting the cookie-cutter options you’d get in a factory. You can be sure that the product you’re receiving is completely unique and one of a kind when you’re able to participate and communicate with the artist crafting your decor.

In addition, ensuring your decor isn’t made in a warehouse cuts down on fossil fuels as smaller businesses don’t use nearly as much power and energy as larger corporate factories. This way, you cut down on their carbon footprint and your own without having to sacrifice beautiful decor for sustainability.

Higher Quality Materials

Because factories are often focused on making the most profit for the lowest prices, they aren’t using the best materials they can get their hands on. They’re using materials packed with microplastics and toxic VOCs that run off into our water supplies. However, artists are more focused on making a product that is beautiful, and they put their heart and soul into it. This means that they’re going to use the highest quality materials available to them to make their artistic vision a reality.

When it comes to factory versus handmade blankets, for example, you’ll be hard-pressed to find higher quality materials than from an artist because they’re more likely to use ethically sourced materials like humanely harvested wool or furs. Most of the time, artisans are more than happy to talk to you in detail about their product, how they make it, and what they use to make it, meaning you can be aware of every step in their process.

Reused and Recycled

Typically, when we think of the reduce, reuse, and recycle process, we think of it in terms of garbage. This isn’t the case with artisanal handmade decor. Artists who care about their products and the environment will work with material suppliers with the same values. Often, they’ll use unused materials or recycled products like unused wool, sea glass, vintage textiles, recycled paper, and much more. This is because these materials are usually sold at cheaper prices and are more accessible to a self-sustaining artist. Recycled materials can be crafted to look just as beautiful as any other material.

If you shop from people who have the same sustainable values as you, you can be sure that the product you get and the materials they use will contribute to the earth and to your home.

Handmade artisanal decor is better for the environment and should be utilized in any sustainable home. So, what are you waiting for? Head to your local artisanal market and get all the best decor guilt-free.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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