The three R’s of sustainable furniture—recondition, reuse, and recycle. Look to redo your furniture, buy secondhand, or get creative before buying new.
Understandably, decor is a little tough when only working with old materials. Fortunately, there are ways to lower the negative impact of the furniture on the environment and your health. Look for the Forest Stewardship Council’s seal, which certifies timber that is cut in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Greenguard also certifies safe, low-emission products and materials for indoor use, including furniture.
In general, look for the following sustainable marks of furniture:
- Paints, stains, and finishes that contain low or no volatile organic compounds
- Reduced use of glues, sealants, and formaldehyde
- Natural fabrics, organic cotton, recycled fabric content, and toxin-free upholstery
- 100% natural latex foam
- Use of materials that have been and can be recycled
- Minimal packaging
- Locally manufactured