One of the highest rising markets is eco-friendly and sustainable furniture. As awareness increases of harmful pollutants, toxic chemicals, and unethical manufacturing, people are wanting pieces for their home and their families that are safe, clean, comfortable, and in line with their aesthetic. As a global and wellness advocate, I wanted to initiate a conversation on this platform, sharing helpful tips for choosing eco-friendly and sustainable furniture, whether you’re upgrading your current space or designing a new one.
Tips for Choosing Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Furniture
An obvious eco-friendly option for furniture is to shop recycled. Salvation Army, Goodwill, and local consignment shops typically offer affordable, used items. The challenge is finding pieces that fit the current aesthetic trends.
Another option is shopping from a reseller, like on Offer Up or garage sales, but you run the risk of buying damaged items, which aren’t always discovered until after the purchase.
Alternatively, upcycled pieces, also known as “creative reuse,” are recycled items that have been fixed or upgraded. This is actually a fantastic way to get something that feels new, and may even have an interesting story to go along with it.
To ensure an eco-conscious shopping experience, avoid pieces with chemical coatings like formaldehyde or flame retardant, which release harmful gases into your home and the atmosphere, and fail to break down in landfills, exacerbating environmental waste.
The best way to ensure you’re shopping for eco-friendly furniture is to do your research. Visit the retailer or the manufacturer’s website. Do they provide material sourcing, sustainable practices, community involvement, etc.? And don’t be afraid to ask. You can always call or email a company to learn more about the products before you buy.
Recap – Tips for Choosing Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Furniture
If you’ve made it this far, then I know you’re already intentionally shopping. The key to being environmentally-aware of the products we purchase is to read, listen, and research. Understanding how eco-friendly and sustainable furniture can make a difference in the health of your home, your family, and the environment, now and in the future, is purposeful and compassionate.