Garishly colored plastic laundry baskets are not only unsightly but they are bad for the enviornment. Luckily nowadays we have options that are both stylish and eco-friendly. We dug deep and found eight eco friendly laundry baskets and hampers that are both stylish and durable.
We even found a beautiful basket hand-woven from willow. Keep reading to learn more.
Top 8 Eco Friendly Laundry Baskets and Hampers
A load or two of laundry can weigh a lot! So when looking for an eco friendly laundry basket you want something that is durable but won’t add too much extra weight to an already heavy load. Combine that critera with the search for eco-friendly materials and it can seem insurmountable. But don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
We reviewed the best eight eco friendly laundry baskets based on style, durability, and materials. Here s quick chart showing what we found.
Still not certain which laundry basket or hamper is best for you? Keep reading for more in depth reviews.
Material: Water Hyacinth Wicker
- Size: 14.2 x 16.1 x 17.3 inches
- Weight: 2.7 lbs
Stylish, durable, and lightweight, the Household Essentials ML-4002 Tall Water Hyacinth Wicker Basket has everything we look for in an eco friendly laundry basket, making it our top pick.
Replace your unsightly plastic basket with natural hyacinth wicker basket, and you be amazed at the difference. This stylish addition to your bedroom makes it easy to keep your bedroom tidy. Since this natural basket stands 17 inches tall, it just the right size is to hold one load of laundry.
When it’s full, it does double duty for transporting your laundry as well. It has two sturdy handles and weighs just under three pounds, so it won’t weigh you down no matter how far away your laundry room may be.
Laundry basket or hamper? You decide how you want to use the CHICHVITA Extra Large Cotton Rope Woven Basket.
The extra large size means you can pack it full of clothes, toys, diapers, or really anything you want. Because it’s stylish enough to look good in any room of your house, you’ll find yourself using it everywhere.
Imagine, it starts as a stylish hamper in your bedroom full of laundry. You use the extra large handles to carry it to the laundry room. But once the laundry goes into the wash, this basket don’t think this basket will stay empty long because it is perfect for moving things around. So next, you fill it with throw blankets to keep the family toasty on a winter’s night. And when the blankets come out as everyone snuggles up, and all the loose toys can take their place.
So laundry basket, hamper, or more? I just know it’s a great deal!
Similar to the CHICVITA, the YOUDENOVA Laundry Hamper is also made from cotton rope. But whereas the CHICVITA is available in just one size, the YOUDENVO offers two spacious options.
Choose between the tall and slender 58 L basket or the short and squat 70 L basket. Both are available in a range of neutral colors designed to fit in with any decor. And these baskets can really go anywhere- made without any chemicals, they are even safe enough for your nursery.
But this durable hamper handles everything from dirty diapers to sweaty gym clothes and takes it all in stride. If it starts to get funky or stinky, just throw it in the wash,, and it’s good as new. You can even fold it up and store it away when you don’t need it.
The Whitmor Laundry Hamper with Rope Handles is perfect addition to a small apartment or spare room. While the petite size may not be large enough for a family, its a great option if you are tight on space.
WIth this hamper you can say bye bye to clutter and clothes everywhere. The natural bamboo hamper features a lid to make sure your dirty laundry stays where it belongs– out of sight.
While the hamper is fine for a bedroom, avoid using it in the bathroom or with damp clothes. It lacks good ventilation so it molds easily.
- Size: 13.5 x 22.5 x 16 inches with handles, without handles: 11″H x 14.5″W x 19.5″L
- Weight: 1.55 Pounds
The Household Essentials ML-5569 Willow Wicker Basket with Handles and Liner is the perfect addition to your cottage-chic laundry room. Eash basket is handwoven, adding a bit of beauty to what can otherwise be a dirty chore.
The size is perfect for a single load of laundry and the basket itself is lightweight. It also is curved shaped and solid handles make for easy handling if you struggle with carrying heavy loads of laundry.
Doesn’t just lighten the load and look good. It’s lined to prevent delicate fabrics from snagging, which keeps your clothes look good as well.
The Greenco Bamboo Foldable Double Hamper is easy to assemble. When it arrives simply unroll the bamboo, add the wire frames and insert the laundry bag. The pop on the removable top and you’re ready to go.
The liner is divided so it allows you to separate your lights and darks, saving you time when it comes to doing your laundry. When the bag is full just grab it and take it down to the laundry room.
You do want to be careful with this hamper and not over fill it. Because it is designed to be collapsable for easy storage it can be a bit fragile.
The COMELLOW Bamboo Laundry Hamper and Shelf does double duty providing both a space for laundry and a storage shelf. Its a great option for the bathroom or laundry room that is lacking storage space. The shelf is a great place to keep your laundry supplies, like detergent or even your extra eco-friendly hangers. You can even use it fold your clothes.
Below the shelf you find two water proof liners. Place your darks in the gray side and your lights in the white side. When the liner is full, you’re ready to do your laundry. Simply remove the liner and carry it the washer. The unit does feature two handles to move the whole thing, but you fill it is rather bulky to moving around.
LA JOLIE MUSE Cotton Rope Blanket Basket is the smallest of the rope baskets we reviewed but not by much. You will find it just a couple of inches shorter than the others. But being a little shorter is nice if you are hoping to squeeze into a small space, like under a table.
Though I’m unsure why you would want to hide away this attractive basket. It is made from white cotten rope with a subtle polka dot pattern made from blue and brown dots. And the cotton rope ensure that all your delicate fabrics are safe, as there is nothing to snag on.
Big handles make it easy to carry and the basket itself is rather light. And being slightly smaller limits to amount of laundry you can carry. Which isn’t suck a bad thing if you struggle with carrying heavy loads.
Eco Friendly Laundry Basket Buying Guide
While buying an laundry basket is a smaller purchase than buying the best off grid washing machine it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give the purchase some though. While it may seem like buying an eco friendly laundry basket is pretty straightford, there are few factors to consider before making your purchase. So let’s look at these more closely.
When considering an eco friendly laundry basket or hamper it is a good idea to decide which material you want to use. The common materials used for natural baskets are wicker of varying types, cotton rope, and bamboo.
Natural materials are biodegradable at the end of their lifespan.
However, it is important to look beyond just the primary material used. Many hampers and baskets use metal for fasteners or to help keep the shape. If you are looking for a hamper without any metal, check out the Household Essentials ML_5579, which is made entirely from handwoven willow wicker with no metal used.
If your looking to stay sustainable with your laundry routine, also consider this homemade laundry detergent.
The size of your laundry basket and hampers is truly a personal choice. Are you a single person who does your laundry frequently? Then you probably can get by with something pretty small. However, if you have a larger family or prefer to do laundry less frequently you probably want to opt for something that holds more than a load of laundry.
The YOUDENOVA cotton rope hamper is s good happy medium holding about two loads of laundry. You don’t want to go too large unless you want to cancel your gym membership and carry laundry as your work out. Which brings us to our next factor- wieght.
Laundry is heavy. The last thing you want to do is add a lot of extra weight by carrying a super heavy laundry basket as well. But don’t be deceived by the weight listed on some of the hampers. Many of these come with a liner or bag that you can remove rather than carrying the whole unit.
For example, COMELLOW Bamboo Laundry Hamper seems really heavy at first glance. But when you look more closely, you realize the unit weight includes the frame and shelf. You only carry the removable liner full with your clothes.
The last factor to consider is the product’s durability. In a world full of single use products it is hard to find things built to last. But if you are looking at living a more sustainable life you want to make sure you are buying a quality product that will stand the test of time.
Rachael and her husband arrived on Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua in 2011. There they founded El Jardin de la Vida, a tropical micro food forest, focusing on Sustainable Living Education. She teaches others to build with natural materials, live off-grid, and appreciate slow food.