Are you looking for Green furniture and accessories for your home?
Wondering exactly what "Green" means? "Green" is a somewhat vague term, which can be used interchangably with "eco-friendly". This guide helps educate you on the topic, as it's something that means a lot to us, and we suspect that it may mean a lot to you as well.
Green Furniture became a buzz term in the industry less than 10 years ago, but has evolved into somewhat of a new standard in which a growing number of designers and manufacturers are embracing. We say "somewhat" because to date, there is no single set of standards that differentiate "green" furniture from that constructed using more traditional means & materials.
Let us assist you in making your next shopping decision, one that's both extra-nice for your home and the environment. The guide below will educate you on certification types, wood types and practices associated with the production of eco-friendly furniture.
FSC Certified Wood
Trees are important for so many reasons, and our impact on forests in turn has a direct impact on our environment, our health, the food chain and even the climate. Buying furniture made from controlled sources of sustainable wood drastically minimalize the damage we unknowingly do to our eco-system in choosing to buy wood furniture. FSC certified wood sources are forests that are controlled to ensure constant and indefinite growth. So how do we distinguish sustainable wood from wood harvested from vulnerable naturally occurring forests? To help guide us is the Forest Stewardship Council, who monitors, and actually inspects forest management units and issues certification for well controlled forests. FSC certified products are usually advertised as such.
Wood is more durable than we realize and can last a very long time without losing structural integrity. Many designers are now actually creating quality furniture from reclaimed wood, from old houses other pieces of furniture, factory scraps and even sunken wood. Manufacturing from such sources saves trees. In the bigger picture, it saves forests. On a global level, it lessens our impact on the environment. While all reclaimed wood is not advertised as such, the Rainforest Alliance issues a 'Rediscovered Wood Certification' to green furniture it has reviewed.
Bamboo is a rapidly growing grass that makes for an excellent alternative to trees. It is a durable and extremely versatile material when harvested as such. Bamboo is commonly used to build green furniture, window blinds, flooring and even homes. Because bamboo is also an alternative to wood from trees, it is considered one of, if not the most environmentally friendly materials you can use. While most of our bamboo comes from China, some is grown with pesticides, and some is not. If you're looking to purchase furniture made from bamboo and want to ensure that it is truly eco-friendly, be sure to ask your retailer if the bamboo source was grown with or without chemicals and/or pesticides.
Like Bamboo, Rattan is another great alternative to wood. Rattan is a palm which is often woven into wicker, and as a source, it is much faster growing than wood, thus making it a protector of forests when harvested instead. It is lightweight, flexible, and durable. Most Rattan comes from Indonesia.
Metal and plastic are also great alternatives to wood and are recyclable. Although the manufacturing process of these materials poses concerns regarding our environment, the use of recycled metals and plastics is a great way to go green. Many designers are now creating excellent quality furniture from such.