What is Eco-Friendly Home Furnishing? The term “eco-friendly” can have a lot of meanings, ranging from reclaimed and repurposed materials to harvesting materials that replenish themselves quickly, like bamboo and rubber tree. Some of our lines that are made with eco-friendly products include lounge and living area furniture, office furniture, and rugs.
We also carry a gorgeous line of unique, handmade wood furniture. Why is eco-friendly living important? There are many benefits to selecting eco-friendly options over conventional options when it comes to furniture, food, vehicles, and appliances. Non-Toxic: Many home furnishings are made of plastic or treated with chemicals, both of which are known to off-gas into the air we breathe, posing serious health risks including cancer. Environmentally friendly furniture does not contaminate our air supply. Earth Friendly: Reclaiming, recycling, repurposing, and harvesting only species of plants that replenish quickly reduces deforestation. Deforestation contributes to global warming and displaces humans, animals, and has been attributed to extinction. Lower Cost: Money talks, right? Eco-friendly home furnishings are typically less expensive and as durable as their conventionally made counterparts. Moreover, by purchasing environmentally friendly furniture, you are likely purchasing from a reputable vendor who pays fair wages to their labor.
Why do we sell non-eco-friendly home furnishings? While we don’t exclusively sell eco-friendly furniture and provide other options, our goal is to provide access to more environmentally friendly products to the masses, making sustainable living a mainstream choice. We think the conscientious consumer depends upon eco-friendy home furnishing when it comes to decorating the home. We know the more successful we are in this endeavor, the more products will be manufactured and made available through our suppliers.
Conscientious consumers are aware that the buying choices they make have a very real impact on the earth. They want to make choices that have the least negative implications for the environment. Green living and style and comfort, however, need not be mutually exclusive. Eco-friendly home furniture is now available in a surprising variety of prices and styles.
Reclaimed wood furniture is one example. Made from wood salvaged from old barns and condemned buildings and factories, it can include beams, decking, paneling and cabinet fronts. These lovely pieces offer all the warmth and charm of real-wood furniture, without the cost of deforestation. This type of eco-furniture has the added charm of its weathered textures and vintage feel. Because each piece of salvaged wood is one of a kind, each piece of furniture made from it is unique, as well.
Reclaimed wood furniture is often made from old barn wood, one of the most abundant sources of reclaimed wood here in the U.S. Usually constructed in the early 19th century, vintage barns contain a wealth of old oak, elm, hickory and pine wood. The hand-worked boards often exhibit the original tool marks, adding to their texture and charm.
Bamboo rugs & furniture are another good choice for sustainable furniture. Bamboo is one of the world’s fastest growing plants, making it a constantly self-renewing resource. When properly managed, a stand of bamboo can be harvested repeatedly without any damage to its underlying root stock. The furniture made from this remarkable plant runs the gamut from the more traditional patio furniture — which incorporates the well-known tubular bamboo stalk as part of its design — to much more modern pieces like desks, book shelves, credenzas and armoires.
Whether looking for the old-world charm of barn wood, or the modern sustainability of bamboo, consumers choosing eco-friendly home furniture can rest assured that the choice they’ve made today, will make the world a better place tomorrow.