What do we need to consider when choosing eco-conscious furniture? Begin your eco-friendly furniture search with this guide to what’s out there:
Certified sustainable wood (FSC)
Deforestation has a huge negative impact on our environment. Luckily, there are many sustainable forestry practices and the Forest Stewardship Council certifies wood that is harvested by companies that that controls clear-cutting of trees and advocates good working conditions. Consider looking for furniture makers that use FSC certified wood. You can feel good buying furniture with this logo because it also guarantees that the wood is manufactured from sustainably managed forests.
Bamboo is another great material to look for when you are searching for furniture! We use bamboo in almost all our products because it is a sustainable crop. Bamboo only takes four years to reach maturity compared to the dozens of years required for other trees to mature. And that makes it much easier to harvest larger quantities of wood from a smaller region. When you choose bamboo furniture, you’re helping to protect our planet. If you’re looking for durable material bamboo is also the perfect choice for your eco friendly home!
An important, but occasionally overlooked aspect of green furniture is reclaimed furniture. If wood is taken care of, it can last a very long time in your home. Reclaimed wood can come from old furniture, houses, flawed wood, or scraps. A little fresh paint or some creative DIY can go a long way if you are buying pre-loved furniture as well!
If you are looking for new furniture, it’s important to think about what happens to your old furniture. Selling your unwanted items on places like ebay, Craigslist, or the local paper are a sustainable way to dispose of furniture and keep furniture out of the landfill.
If you still want to keep the furniture in your home another option is to repurpose or repaint it.
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(Photo: Annie Sprat)