How To Be Eco Friendly and Stylish in Your Furniture Choices

By Doherty • May 29th, 2011
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Reducing your impact on the environment is quickly becoming a priority for many people. A fantastic way to do this is through environmentally sustainable furniture. Because it is such a growing niche, it’s now more possible than ever to be eco-minded with your furniture choices, while remaining in touch with current trends and finding items that reflect your personal sense of style.

 

Eco friendly furniture is furniture that is labeled as such because it is produced in such a way that it has the least negative impact possible on the earth. One example of this is that where wood is utilized, it has come from renewable sources or from a company that is certified for only using wood that is not treated with chemicals and is not taking wood from protected areas. Eco products come from companies that work to reduce their impact, such as minimizing delivery and mileage as much as possible, using organic fabrics, chemical free dyes, recycled components and parts, renewable woods like bamboo, and much more.

 

Another popular way to obtain eco friendly furniture is by shopping at thrift and resale shops; reupholstering and a new coat of paint can go a long way. So, whenever you choose to buy new furniture, be sure to consider a resale or thrift shop or even donation before disposing of your old furniture. This will make your eco friendly furniture purchase extra beneficial to the environment because you will not be taking up valuable land fill space by throwing old furniture away.

 

The majority of manufacturers and carriers of eco friendly furniture implement strict guidelines that reflect a care and concern for the planet’s limited resources. Do your research and educate yourself regarding eco friendly practices and then begin your shopping search. When searching for a particular brand, ascertain that company policies are attempting to stay eco friendly. Certain companies demand that 100 percent green materials are employed; but be aware there are varying degrees of environmental friendliness.

 

The reasons and benefits of shopping and using eco friendly furniture and other products are great; ranging from protecting and maintaining our planet as well as limiting the amount of chemicals and dyes, etc… we expose ourselves to in our own homes. Shopping online for eco furniture will give you the greatest selection and best opportunity to compare environmental standards, quality, and price.

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