When you are trying to live the green lifestyle, you embrace sustainable and eco-friendly products wherever you can. Did you know that eco-friendly furniture is an option? The next time you go out to buy furniture, remember that a sustainable version of what you’re looking for is on the table.
What is eco-friendly furniture?
Strictly speaking, eco-friendly furniture is any variety of furniture that is created in a way that does the least amount of damage possible to the environment. For example, eco-friendly furniture might use wood that comes from renewable sources and chemicals that don’t pollute the environment.
There is a surprising amount of furniture on the market today that is by no means eco-friendly. Previous generations of furniture were often made from large amounts of wood and designed to withstand the test of time. These pieces of furniture are incredibly well built, but the process of building them is quite messy on an environmental scale.
Furniture has moved in a different direction during the past few decades. We now live in a world ruled by Ikea, where cheap, modular, self-assembled furniture is incredibly popular. However, these products, like their predecessors, aren’t eco-friendly in the long run. Low-cost furniture’s matching low quality results in a short lifespan and an early trip to the landfill—which means the cumulative effects on the environment are far from good.
What type of eco-friendly furniture to choose?
One great option for eco-friendly furniture is any one that is created using recycled materials. Models that are made from recycled plastic or other forms of rubbish keep these materials from going into landfills while creating comfy furniture in the process—it’s a win-win!
Another sneaky type of eco-friendly furniture is used furniture. From an environmental perspective, these pieces of furniture already did their damage to the environment when they were created long ago. Therefore, by choosing an existing piece of furniture, you won’t have to pay for another piece to be created (leading to more pollution).
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