How to Go Green with Your Furniture


If you have finally decided to green up your household with some sustainable furniture pieces, you have a lot of eco friendly choices. Thanks to the expansion of the eco movement, many innovative designers have adopted nature-friendly alternative design techniques. Why?

The confirmed sustainable woe

Trees are important in continuing the proper balance of nature and to promote good health for humans. The forests, also called the Earth’s lungs, are powerful absorbing agents of harmful CO2 emissions. They also produce oxygen that humans and other life forms need to live. This naturally occurring process effectively protects the planet and preserves the soil’s useful properties.

Reckless deforestation can destablize nature’s delicate balance. However, responsible harvesting of wood for consumer products provides a proper balance between nature and modern living requirements. This concern has partly given rise to consumer products such as sustainable, eco furniture and home furnishings.

Eco Furniture Choices

Here are some materials and eco design methods that offer you sustainable furniture choices in a wide price range for everyone’s budget and taste.

The sustainable wood option

You can get furniture made out of certified wood, harvested from sustainable farms as well as re-purposed wood. Just look for the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) seal of approval to determine if any wood products you choose were harvested responsibly.

Eco designers often use the best of both options in producing artful, sustainable furniture for consumers who want to go green at home.

The reclaimed materials option

Wooden furniture pieces can stay in solid shape for a long time, whether you take special care or not.

A great deal of designers have embraced the idea of recycling old furniture pieces into a new work of art for the home. They’re utilizing old furniture items, flawed wood and factory scraps to make novel pieces. Although in short supply, this resource is rated high for efficiency and beauty. You can verify such impressive furniture pieces if you see a “Rediscovered Wood Certification” label attached.

The magnificent bamboo

Did you know that bamboo isn’t even a tree, but a plant from a grass family? Bamboo can significantly vary in size – from petite to considerably large. It also offers surprising color options – from popping lime green to brownish-red stripes. To top it off, this plant is characterized by fast growth and is amazingly pliable for a variety of uses. It is used in the production of an array of eco items such as blinds, veneers, flooring and furniture.

The usage of bamboo for builders and architects means the acquisition of LEED programme points that are clear proof of green building. The best quality bamboo comes from China, as it is almost entirely ridden of pesticides and can retain its prime traits for an extended period of time.

Furniture designers are more often choosing bamboo to build quality, eco friendly furniture.

The family heirloom and local trinkets option

Choosing vintage furniture pieces from local shops or using some of your own family heirloom items are often good choices. You can recycle, save money, and enjoy the tradition of displaying unique family furniture pieces in your home. Note: Be careful with antiques or older pieces that may contain harmful substances like lead paint.

Tips for Choosing the Best Eco Furniture

Just because a furniture product is advertised as “green” doesn’t mean that it’s quality. Here’s a few tips to help you choose good quality eco furniture for your home.

Sturdy and repairable

When considering the eco features of a certain material or furniture product, don’t forget the important aspect of sturdiness. For instance, items made out of recyclable materials that can’t be easily repaired are generally not worth the investment.

On the other hand, if an item is sturdy and/or fixable, the chances are it will stay in your family for generations. While it may appear a tad costly in the beginning, this investment certainly pays off in the long run. Opting for classic quality timber furniture will introduce a versatile and highly sustainable element into your home. When you get bored with it, you can simply repaint it, remodel it or pass it on to new nature-loving owners.

Low-toxicity characteristics

While most new home products off-gas, that “new car smell” is often not a good sign when furniture is in question. Conventionally produced furnishings are typically laden with volatile organic compounds which can be detrimental to health, potentially causing disruption of the endocrine system or even cancer.

Often, fabrics used in furniture designs contain dyes, flame retardants, and stain guard products that can continue to emit fumes for long periods of time. Paints and stains for wood often contain chemicals which can also be harmful to human health.

You can ensure the safety of your family and pets with careful selection of low-toxicity lines that are made with eco tanned leather, natural wood finishes, organic cotton and other natural fibers.

Time to Go Green

It’s fairly easy to go green with your furniture selections and well worth your effort. All it takes is to make a conscious decision to choose eco-friendly furnishing solutions for your home that are both sustainable and healthy.

Lillian Connors

If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of home improvement projects and spread the word about them. As the Co-editor of Smooth Decorator, she cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on.

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