As you settle into your digs this fall, don't forget to snag some eco furnishings to complement your space. Consider this your back to school green checklist of what you'll need to make the grade at home. Sleeping is of course priority numero uno, so stock up on luxurious organic cotton sheets and blankets. Working while standing may be all the rage right now, but sometimes you'll want to sit down so be sure to get the best of the best when it comes to desk chairs. Whether you're sleeping, playing or studying, your eco style is sure to shine through after following our recommendations for these green furnishings for your dorm or apartment.
Check out our favorite furnishings picks for your dorm or apartment.
SUSTAINABLE WOOD & ORGANIC COTTON FUTON & FRAME
Futons are required furniture for any college student as they fold up out of the way and provide a place to crash for you or friends late at night. Be sure to get a good quality one like this from The Futon Shop that will last for years and is made with sustainably harvested wood and organic cotton mattresses.
THE PAPERPEDIC BED
This clever, foldable, 100% recyclable cardboard bed is heavy on the design, but light on the wallet. The Paperpedic Bed offers a temporary sleeping solution with a ton of storage. Plus if you’re on the move a lot, you’ll never have to ask your best friend to help you move it since it’s so lightweight.
CB2 ORGANIC COTTON LINENS
These aren’t your mom’s 300 count luxury sheets. Actually, they’re way cooler because they feature custom artist designs and they’re made from organic cotton. Be sure to check out the duvet covers as well as their line of organic sheets.
ORGANIC COTTON TOWELS
Your shower experience can sometimes make or break your living situation. Be in control of at least part of it with how you towel off. Organic cotton towels are not only ultra deluxe, but also way better for the environment.
You loved your bean bag as a kid and there’s no sense giving up on its plush environs now that you made it to the big leagues. Get an update to the classic with the Eco Sak with organic covers and recycled foam linings.
RECYCLED BOTTLE ORIENTAL RUGS
These awesome looking oriental rugs are amazingly enough made from recycled bottles. Durable enough for both indoor traffic and outdoor weather, these rugs will stand the test of time, plus you don’t have to worry about staining them.
ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT GEEK DESK
New research shows that sitting at a desk all day working seriously affects your health. Try using a standing desk, which will help your posture, alleviate back problems and help you burn some calories.
SAYL CHAIR BY HERMAN MILLER
For those who think standing is crazy, make sure you get a bomber desk chair that will last forever. Stop buying the chintzy ones that break after the first time you take a spin on them. Last year, Herman Miller released the Sayl Chair, designed by Yves Bahar, made form recycled materials that is durable enough to last through retirement.
SUNNAN SOLAR LED LIGHT
No need to stretch an extension cord across the room to meet up with this desk lamp. Totally solar-powered, IKEA’s Sunnan LED light is big on the brightness and low on the energy costs – so low it won’t cost you a dime after you buy it.
BEDOL WATER ALARM CLOCK
Be amazed that the power of water can awaken you from a deep slumber! Bedol has a whole series of clocks that run on water, so you never have to worry about the power knocking out your alarm. Just remember to power it up when you water your plants.
WALLY WOOLLY POCKET
Turn your room from drab into fab with a fantastic living wall made easy with the help of a Woolly Pocket. Use just one or a whole series to create a giant lush vertical garden to liven up your space and improve the air.
HOT POT BBQ
Just because you live in a small place doesn’t mean you don’t like to grill. Get a two in one combo grill and pot to save on space and grow your own herbs so you can make fantastic meals and impress your friends.
BRICK BOX SHELVES
Books are heavy and we magically seem to accumulate a lot of them during school. For those who move annually or even semi-annually, invest in a set of Brick Box Shelves that are a combo book crate and shelving unit.