A Quick Guide To Buying Environmentally Friendly Furniture

Written By: Thatcher Michelsen June 21, 2013 2
Furniture made from recycled materials, such as this chair from SitGreen, provides an environmentally friendly alternative to products made with new fabric and wood.

Photo courtesy of SitGreen.
Furniture made from recycled materials, such as this chair from SitGreen, provides an environmentally friendly alternative to products made with new fabric and wood. Photo courtesy of SitGreen.

If you're devoted to purchasing environmentally friendly products, this commitment should extend to your furniture as much as other goods that tend to receive more green living focus, such as food and automobiles. Furniture is made from many different components, from the wood that gives pieces structure to the fabric that makes them comfortable to sit or lie down on.

All of these materials can be procured sustainably and responsibly, so there are certain things to look for when purchasing new pieces to furnish your home:

  • Bamboo: It grows quickly, requires no pesticides and is strong. Even conventionally grown bamboo is a relatively eco-friendly, and furniture constructed from it looks great in any room.
  • Organic fabrics: Materials such as cotton are often grown using pesticides and chemicals that can damage water supplies and ruin local eco systems. Purchasing furniture produced through sustainable, organic agricultural practices ensures that these substances were not used in the making of your chair, couch or mattress.
  • Recycled wood: Wood will last a long time, so there's no reason to buy pieces that are made with new wood when a recycled alternative exists. Many manufacturers specialize in using reclaimed wood, which gives furniture a rustic, antique appearance that is stylish and responsible at the same time.
  • Thrift stores: While not all the furniture in a thrift store was necessarily produced using sustainable practices, it stands to reason that the more used pieces you buy, the less that will end up in a landfill.

Keep checking back with LifeIsGreen.com for more updates on how to maintain green living without giving up style or elegance.

2 Comments »

  1. Andy Nolan June 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Great ideas for extending green living into your furniture purchases! Good article! Thanks

  2. Jade - AhhProds Organics July 2, 2013 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Organic furniture is certainly a great choice for families nowadays! It’s always a good idea to ask manufacturers about the various certifications they need to be organic – just to be on the safe side – you never know if a company is fudging their use of the “organic” label! For example, a good manufacturer will detail certifications and even include images of the certificates, like Ahh! Products – organic bean bag chairs – http://www.ahhprods.com/bean-bag-chairs/organic-bean-bags/.

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