9 Sustainable Storage Bins For More Eco-Friendly Containers
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Maybe you’re here because you’re tired of stepping on your little one’s Legos…again and need a solution. Or maybe you’re transitioning to a plastic-free home, or you’re looking to support and embrace artisan goods in your space.
Good news: All of the above are valid, and we’re thrilled to share nine marketplaces and collectives with eco-friendly storage baskets you can use however you, please! From linens and laundry to toys and blankets, most of these sustainable storage pieces are made by hand from natural fibers and recycled materials and are perfect for tidying up all your well-used items in style. 🧺 Say goodbye to Sterilite once and for all.
Add some artisan flair to the rest of your home too, with our guide to fair trade home decor.
1. The Citizenry
Ethics | 100% Fair Trade, handwoven, sustainable & natural materials, artisan-made
Materials | Palm leaves, totora reed, abaca bark, holga leaves, chocolatillo & paja tetera fibers, leather
Our Pick | Mercado Storage Baskets ($139)
Prices Starting At | $99
Every product you’ll find at The Citizenry share the same core values– handcrafted with all natural materials using a 100% fair trade certified process. You’ll find a number of tastefully crafted and sustainable storage bins in a creative range of shapes and sizes. The Citizenry works closely with its artisans to derive the best materials from across the globe to be used in their products, meaning you can really see and feel the difference in craftsmanship. We’re sold!
2. Lorena Canals
Ethics | Handmade, sustainable & raw materials, non-toxic dyes, zero waste, saves water, Fair Trade, gives back
Materials | Natural cotton, natural wool, recycled polyester
Our Pick | Basket Zoco Black – Natural ($69)
Prices Starting At | $32
Lorena Canals knows a thing or two about home decor, and its extensive line of classic and affordable storage baskets doesn’t disappoint. Each basket is handmade in India by talented artisans, and use non-toxic dyes making these a safe option for little ones. We love how functional and easy to style these baskets are for when reorganizing our space–perfect for every nook and cranny in the house.
Ethics | Artisan-made, free carbon-neutral shipping and returns, responsible manufacturing, some Fair Trade Certified options, gives back
Materials | Palm leaf fibers
Our Pick | Palm Leaf Nesting Basket ($49–$79)
Prices Starting At | $49
Parachute creates some of our favorite sustainable bedding and home goods, so it’s no surprise that the brand is also in the basket game. These gorgeous, versatile baskets are made from all-natural palm fibers, handcrafted by artisans in Mexico. Perfect for storing everything from laundry to throw blankets to dog toys, you’ll find a way to fit these into every room. Their natural colors, appealing shapes, and cozy textures will add function and style no matter where they go.
Ethics | Certified B Corp, artisan-made, sustainable materials
Materials | Dried palm leaves, recycled yarn, jute, cotton
Our Pick | Medium Palm Basket ($65)
Prices Starting At | $30
MINNA, a certified B Corp, collaborates with artisans across Central and South America for its beautifully crafted home goods. Using traditional techniques and textiles, MINNA’s woven storage baskets are produced in Mexico and Peru with sustainable materials. From a sage green Oaxacan basket that doubles as a planter to our favorite, the Medium Palm Basket made of dried palm and cotton, there’s surely an artisan find perfect for your space.
5. Open Spaces
Ethics | Sustainable design
Materials | Sustainably sourced genuine leather, undyed canvas, steel, felt, plastic, wood
Our Pick | Underbed Storage ($148)
Prices Starting At | $27
Open Spaces believes that everything in the home should be beautiful enough to look at while still providing high functionality. Their organization products are made from durable materials meant to be used for decades, and looking good just as good as it performs! While many of their best-selling containers are made from plastic, we appreciate that these are versatile, high-quality products that you will never want to replace. So for those busy areas of the home that require an easy-to-clean container that can take hard knocks (think: mudroom, laundry, cleaner supplies), this is your ideal solution.
6. Will + Atlas
Looking for a collection of sustainable storage from artisans around the world? Will + Atlas‘s got you covered! These handmade baskets are made by fair trade artisans in Bangladesh and come in virtually every size. We especially love that the beautiful jute and palm leaf textures come in natural, stripes, patterns, or striking charcoal, taking the classic basket home good to the next level.
Ethics | Certified B Corp, supports environmental causes, sustainable materials, artisan-made
Materials | Vetiver grass, raffia straw, palm fibers
Our Pick | Short Storage Basket ($35)
Prices Starting At | $29
GOODEE is an incredible marketplace supporting artisan collectives and small brands from all over the globe; this includes AAKS storage baskets from northern Ghana, Baba Tree’s wave-like containers made from grass, and Makaua’s minimalist pieces handwoven in Mexico. Narrow your search by the ethics most important to you—like eco-friendly water preservation methods or poverty reduction—and find a basket to organize your home in no time.
Ethics | Artisan-made, natural & sustainable materials, natural dyes
Materials | Sisal, palm & banana leaves, wicker, leather
Our Pick | Woven Bird’s Nest Basket ($99)
Prices Starting At | $61
Obakki’s work with artisans has been featured in Vanity Fair, Forbes, and Elle…just to name a few. With a focus on ethical production, regionally sourced materials, and keeping traditional craftsmanship alive, Obakki puts the makers at the forefront. Every piece comes with details about how it came to life. For example, our pick, the Woven Bird’s Nest Basket, was handmade from locally sourced wicker in Tequisquiapan, Mexico, using centuries-old methods.
Ethics | Handmade, powered by renewable energy, sustainable & upcycled finds, carbon-offset shipping
Materials | Organic and recycled materials, vegan leather
Our Pick | Organic Cotton Makeup Bag ($38)
Prices Starting At | Varies
If you’re looking for that truly one-of-a-kind, won’t-break-the-bank storage option, there’s no doubt that Etsy is your first stop. The marketplace is an absolute treasure trove for global handmade goods that can fit any style or ethical preference. Vegan, organic, and all-natural materials abound, with the ability to discuss customizable options with some sellers.
left basket from Zora Botanica; right baskets from Modest Living Designs
Featured image via Will + Atlas