Green Living: Sustainable Furniture

| 10/28/2009 5:24:48 PM

As more people are becoming increasingly conscious about the environment, they are also concerned about their home’s environment. The choices you make about the type of furniture you purchase can affect your home’s indoor air quality and can drastically affect the environment. The next time you go furniture shopping consider purchasing sustainable furniture, which is made from nontoxic, renewable resources.

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Sustainably built furniture uses materials and processes with low environmental impact. Photo By Flickr. 

Environment Furniture is a sustainable furniture company which honors its commitment of using materials and processes with low environmental impact. Environment Furniture combines its keen eye for aesthetics with its diverse sustainable woods and materials to create eco-friendly furniture. Environment Furniture’s collection is made from reclaimed, recycled and sustainably harvested wood. The primary wood used is Peroba Rosa, which is a Brazilian hardwood. Environment Furniture obtains this wood from old houses and buildings in Paraná, Brazil. The Perboba Rosa is then combined with other responsibly harvested woods, such as Indonesian Mahogany and North American White Oak. The selection of furniture pieces ranges from beds to benches. Environment Furniture has partnered with the Tropical Forest Trust to support the company’s continuing effort to use responsibly harvested wood for its furniture collection. Tropical Forest Trust is a global organization, established in 1999, that promotes sustainable forestry at the local level. Environment Furniture has revamped its carbon inventory and eliminated stains that emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from its production process. Environment Furniture strives to raise awareness about sustainability through outreach to its customers and retailers.

When artificial wood and other materials are used to make furniture, it releases various toxins into the air. Formaldehyde is the most common toxin found in artificial wood furniture, which is a chief contributor to poor indoor air quality. The amount of formaldehyde in furniture corresponds with the quantity of glue used to make that piece of furniture. The more glue the wood contains, the more formaldehyde is present.

Have you purchased sustainable furniture? Will you in the future? Leave me a comment in the comments section.