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When we want to level up our spaces but can’t afford an entirely new sofa or loveseat, we think of ottomans and poufs. Big enough to make a difference in the room’s style and comfort (especially for us floor-sitters), but not so much that we break the bank.
Here are eight brands offering responsibly made poufs and ottomans, inspired by artisan craftsmanship around the globe—so you can bring sustainability and years of tradition right into your home!
If you’re in the market for more new furniture, here are our top picks for sustainable couches and eco-friendly coffee tables.
1. The Citizenry
Sustainable Materials | Vegetable-tanned leather, cotton, or locally sourced rattan
Brand Ethics | Handcrafted by artisans, fair wages, responsibly sourced materials
Product Range | Square, rectangular, round, cylindrical ottomans
Price Range | $255–$895
The Citizenry scours the globe to find the best in artisan goods and techniques, from Peruvian master weavers to block printers in India. The brand carries a line of ottomans made in small batches; some are crafted in fair trade spaces in Portugal using vegetable-tanned leather and others are workshopped in Jaipur, India using natural cotton. Yet all are timeless and luxurious.
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Sustainable Materials | Organic cattail & banana leave fibers
Brand Ethics | Ethically made by women in China, organic plant fibers & straw, fair wages, carbon-neutral shipping
Product Range | Round & square poufs & ottomans
Price Range | $40–$320
GrasShangai (literally) weaves together ancient straw techniques from China and modern decor with handmade mats, baskets, placemats, ottomans and poufs. Using naturally dried cattail and banana leaves, women artisans in Hubin County soak the plants until they’re soft enough for weaving. Every piece is made to order by the locals, so you can help preserve their traditions while adding these accents to your space.
3. Berber Stuff
Sustainable Materials | Wool
Brand Ethics | Handmade in Morocco
Product Range | Square poufs
Price Range | $96–$210
Berber Stuff adds the checker and chevron flair to your home that you never knew you needed. Handmade in Morocco, each square pouf is available in your choice of color and size to effortlessly match your style and specs. All orders come unstuffed so that you can fill them with a pillow or old blankets and clothes (sustainable upcycling!). As a thoughtful added touch, the undersides include a hand-knotted kilim (rug).
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Sustainable Materials | FSC-certified wood, Certi-PUR certified foam, recycled fabrics
Brand Ethics | Ethically made in North Carolina, only sustainably sourced materials, recycled packaging
Product Range | Ottoman
Price Range | $395
Sabai’s commitment to sustainability is truly impressive. Products are made with eco-friendly materials like recycled plastic bottles and responsibly sourced wood and then assembled with fasteners, to entirely avoid VOCs and off-gassing. Choose your preferred fabric on The Essential Ottoman (our favorite is the dusty rose recycled velvet—swoon!). You can also find gently used furniture at discounted prices through Sabai Revive.
Sustainable Materials | Sustainably sourced hardwood, nontoxic cushions
Brand Ethics | Vertically integrated production, modular shipping
Product Range | Square & rectangular ottomans, benches or armchairs optional
Price Range | $325–$650
Burrow has already been a game-changer for many homes, from USB-equipped furniture to modular sectionals that change as your spaces do. Here you’ll find sustainably made ottomans or entire armchair and ottoman sets, custom-made with your preferred fabric and wood color. Versatile enough to be used as leg rests or tables, it’s no wonder that these are a fan favorite.
Sustainable Materials | Cotton and kapok tree fibers
Brand Ethics | Handcrafted by artisans, natural materials, carbon-neutral shipping
Product Range | Round & cylindrical poufs, ottomans, and floor cushions
Price Range | $55–$132
LannaPassa partners with the Hmong and Lisu hill tribe communities in Northern Thailand to share their character and traditions with you. Instead of mass production, each pouf is traditionally handwoven with organic cotton and either filled with natural kapok fibers or left unfilled, whichever you prefer. We especially love these for meditating or floor seating, adding a little cushion but a lot of warmth and style. Shipping is carbon-neutral, wherever you are.
Sustainable Materials | 100 percent cotton
Brand Ethics | Ethically made in Egypt, handcrafted by artisans, fair wages
Product Range | Square poufs
Price Range | $180
As an Egyptian social enterprise, Kiliim collaborates with makers in Fowwa to produce stunning home goods, including poufs, rugs, and mats. The company provides fair working environments and wages 50 percent higher (!) than the industry average, so artisans can continue crafts that have been passed down from generation to generation. For pastel-infused and nature-inspired pieces, we love Kiliim’s square poufs made with 100 percent cotton. Worldwide shipping is available, and the pouf covers are machine-washable!
8. Masaya & Co
Sustainable Materials | Sustainably sourced hardwood, responsibly sourced leather
Brand Ethics | Handcrafted in Nicaragua, artisan-made, reforestation initiatives
Product Range | Wood ottomans
Price Range | $330–$880
Masaya & Co, based out of Nicaragua, brings together artisan craftsmanship, sustainability, and Central American design. These responsibly sourced wood ottomans come with your wood preference (teak, mahogany, or walnut) and leather or patterned design. In exchange for wood used, Masaya & Co plants new forests in place of damaged grazing lands. Inspire conversation and green living with one of these incredible home accents.
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9. Maiden Home
Sustainable Materials | CertiPUR-US® soy-based foam core
Brand Ethics | Handcrafted in the USA by artisans
Product Range | Stools, benches, ottomans
Price Range | $450–$1,475
When you’re looking for heritage quality home goods made right here in the USA, you can’t go wrong with Maiden Home. This luxury brand makes every piece in North Carolina and Virginia, working with local artisans to handcraft each custom order. The brand uses eco-friendly and responsibly sourced materials whenever possible, always non-toxic and with a lifetime guarantee– which is how long you’ll keep these gorgeous, heirloom pieces. We love their Mott Stool, which comes in more than 75 fabrics and seven sustainable wood finishes.
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Featured image from The Citizenry