Bringing in environmentally-savvy furniture into the home

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One of the major sources of environmental waste comes from the demolition of buildings. Consider the gasoline consumed and the carbon monoxide exhausted by the trucks hauling construction debris. Or the exisiting construction materials can be recycled as in the case of our ceiling which is the old rafters, sanded and sealed.

People often strive to ensure that their home is adorned by eco-friendly products and technology, but one of the most common sights in a house, furniture, is perhaps one of the more overlooked objects that aren’t bought with the environment to mind.

There are numerous ways in which furniture can be built in a sustainable or green manner and can allow for peace of mind that you’ve purchased furniture that will make an impact, both in the home and for the planet.

It is possible to acquire furniture that is both green in nature and cost effective, so there’s no need to worry that because it’s environmentally friendly it will cost the earth, as it is in some cases.

Looking for sustainable woods

When looking around for some quality furniture, it is possible that you’ll come across some that is made from certified sustainable wood. This usually means that for every tree cut down to make the piece of furniture, another is planted in its place.

This helps avoid more deforestation around the world and thankfully there are more sustainable forests being created globally. It isn’t just wood either, any material that used to create furniture can be made from sustainable materials and can include cloth, metal, glass and plastic.

Recycled materials

There are several materials that can be recycled and used quite easily in the production of furniture. Elements such as wood, metal and plastic are recycled all the time to make items such as metal chairs, wooden tables and durable children’s furniture.

Thanks to recycled furniture requiring less processing and less production, that makes it more eco-friendly in itself, never mind that the materials are being used again without being needlessly thrown away.

Reclaimed materials

In the same manner of recycled materials, using old furniture to create new items is a growing practice and one that is becoming very effective.

You can find old wood from old furniture, houses and many other items that are on their last legs, but with a little bit of TLC can be reincarnated into something useable once more. You can even get adventurous with what materials you use and could find yourself using old logs from fallen trees.

Purchase locally produced furniture

Most people will not consider the amount of work that goes into making furniture and what is required to get it to the consumer. Transporting materials is a key issue and if there is a chance to lessen the amount of distance that materials have to go, then by all means go for it.

A way to do this is to buy locally produced furniture so that you are both supporting your local economy and ensuring that big articulated lorries or vans do not have to travel long distances to deliver products. Any chance of reducing CO2 levels is one that should be taken, as the materials will likely be sourced locally too and so the need to transport them across country will be reduced.


This is a post from furniture experts The Furniture Market who offers quality French furniture, mirrored furniture and oak furniture. You can click here if you want to find out more.

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