Eco Friendly Furniture
With over half of the world’s original forests already chopped down and approximately another 39.5 million acres being axed each year, and high levels of toxic gases and other materials being dumped into air and water due to unsustainable manufacturing procedures, it’s clear why buying Eco-friendly furniture is an important aspect of minimizing the effect humans have on the planet.
However, buying Eco-friendly furniture can be confusing if you don’t know what to look for. The following steps will show you how to buy Eco-friendly furniture.
Forest Stewardship Council ensures that furniture with its logo has been manufactured from wood from sustainably managed forests. In addition, it guarantees that the manufacturing process hasn’t resulted in any loss of biodiversity or habitat; that there has been no human exploitation at any point in its manufacturing process; and that its production makes positive contributions to local economies.
- Smart Wood Rediscovered labels guarantee that the furniture is certified as reclaimed or recycled wood by the Rainforest Alliance, which initiated the “Rediscovered Wood” as part of its Smart-Wood program.
- Look at yard sales, junkyards and demolition sales for used furniture.
- Use antique furniture. Whether it’s a family heirloom or something you buy at your favorite antique store, it’s another way of re-using beautiful and quality furniture.
These are wood types that are less popular than conventional furniture woods but are just as durable. Sweet-gum, California oak, and madrone are all examples of secondary species that, by being used for manufacturing purposes instead of conventional woods, allow overused and endangered wood types to recover, as well as the ecosystems they grow in.
- Bamboo combined with plastic or wrought iron produces highly durable furniture.
- Hemp, wheat, and sunflower are all examples of sustainable materials that produce matting and fabric without straining the environment.
- Organic cotton, as well as kapok, are Eco-friendly fillers for pillows and cushions.