When shopping for new baskets, rugs and woven furniture, one sustainable material to look out for that's durable, eco-friendly and inexpensive is water hyacinth. Many Asian countries have had an uptick in the growth of the invasive aquatic water hyacinth plant. While beautiful in appearance, it can literally choke waterways, killing aquatic wildlife and turning lakes and streams into dead zones. Instead of using chemical herbicides to poison the waterways, furniture companies have been hiring local villagers to collect the plant, which is then dried and woven into beautiful home accessories. This keeps the waterways alive, provides jobs and turns a problem plant into something beautiful.