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How to Create an Eco-Friendly Home, According to Coyuchi’s Design Director


Since 1991, Coyuchi has been weaving its best-selling bedding, home décor and apparel from 100% organic cotton. The brand’s modus operandi is to make high-quality products that have minimal impact on the earth, and their design director, Whitney Thornburg, believes wholeheartedly in this mission. Here, she shares some of the products that are helping her live a sustainable life at home.

“I constantly find uses for glass jars and bottles in my kitchen. They’re great for storing loose items, and they’re also great for storing leftovers or an extra smoothie for breakfast the next day. My A favorite for bulk storage are Fido’s jars, which are square-shaped to nest neatly on a shelf, creating an organized and attractive pantry.

Jar Bormioli Rocco Fido

From Bormioli Rocco, one of the largest glass manufacturers in the world, comes this collection of sturdy glass jars. Sold individually, each features a flip-top lid with a rubber seal and sturdy metal clasp to lock in air and moisture.

“I couldn’t live without these towels, they really are a kitchen staple. The waffle weave makes them super absorbent, even my parents swear by these!”

Coyuchi Organic Waffle Kitchen Towels, Set of 6

The first time you wash these towels, something magical happens: the smooth basket weave puckers into a waffle texture that provides more surface area per square inch, drinking water like no flat woven towel.

“Investing in quality, timeless pieces can help you build a home that lasts over time, and if you collect items that will last a lifetime, they can even be passed down from generation to generation. ‘East Fork is one of those plays.’

East Fork Serving Tray

Substantial? Definitively. Spectacular? That too. The Service Tray shines, on a plate or on its own on your table.

“The Aesop hand basin is a favorite luxury for my kitchen and bathrooms. They offer a variety of scents, so you can customize every space, and I love the amber glass containers.”

Aesop Resurrection Aromatic Hand Soap

Gentle, non-drying hand wash from Aesop. Leaves hands clean and refreshed. Formulated with oils of orange, rosemary and lavender to effectively cleanse the skin. Presents a citrus, woody and herbaceous aroma. Cruelty-free.

“I always keep a reusable water bottle handy to avoid using plastic bottles. I love this one from S’well for its wood grain design.”

S’Well Blonde Wooden Bottle

Mimicking the charm of raw materials and natural fibers that can be found in the world’s most scenic forests, the Wood collection, presented in a smooth matte finish, resembles aged mixed woods. …

“I prefer to buy spices in bulk to avoid plastic waste. This way I only buy what I need and use the spices quickly as long as they are fresh. I love the containers recommended by Breathing Room Organization, whose social feed is full of great organization tips.”

Stylvio Glass Spice Jar Set

Our Stylvio glass spice jars are made from high quality borosilicate glass which gives them extra durability compared to normal glass. Bamboo lids bring a modern and sustainable touch to your regular pantry.

“I’m always looking for good food storage for snacks and leftovers. For dry snacks, I love Coyuchi’s Conserve snack bags – and for wet snacks, I love it Daiso stainless steel containers (these are two items that I know my kids won’t break!). Personally, I love using glass containers for leftovers and refrigerator storage. They are microwave safe, so it’s easy to reheat food without an extra dish, too. »

Coyuchi Conserve Organic Snack Bags

The reusable, zero-waste solution for plastic snack bags, this set of two includes a small and a medium zippered pouch. Made from our GOTS certified Organic Crinkled Percale™ fabric, each bag is striped on one side and plain on the other, with a matching colored top zipper inside.

“Throughout the pandemic, I wanted to work on using fewer disposable items at home, but I was overwhelmed with the daunting task of introducing new habits. I found that the easiest way for me to make the change was to replace one item per month with a reusable alternative, and I was so inspired by the process that I decided to create a collection for Coyuchi. bowl lids, produce bags, snack bagsand reusable paper towels are the result of a ton of personal market research and applying what I learned to the quality of these products.”

“I recently installed a Filtrol water filter for my home washing machine. It collects everything from microplastics to sand, pet hair and other tiny substances and prevents them from entering our system. of water.”


The Filtrol is a patented, reusable in-line filter compatible with all residential washing machines.

“I recommend against using fabric softener for several reasons, but mainly because it can leave a waxy feeling on your laundry and make your towels less absorbent. To keep laundry soft, I use these dryer balls without or with low heat. If you miss the smell of fabric softener, try adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil to one of the balls and popping it in the dryer for a few extra minutes after your laundry is done.”

Coyuchi Climate Benefit Wool Dryer Balls

Our dryer balls are now filled with climate-beneficial wool from two Northern California ranches, just 12 miles from our Point Reyes birthplace.