Eco-Friendly Furniture – How to Find Greener Furniture

Eco-Friendly Furniture - How to Find Greener Furniture

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Everyone who is attuned to current world affairs would know for sure that we are currently faced with an environmental crisis. It is a crisis that is threatening our very existence. Climatic patterns are changing. Rains are becoming haphazard. Periods of long drought are followed by severe floods. Phenomena such as tsunamis that were previously very occasional occurrences are nowadays taking placing with an alarming frequency. Species are becoming  in not too many years to come, we are told, our very own species may be one of the endangered species. And we are told that one way we can mitigate this, is through green living; that is, by making eco-friendlier choices.

It is from such a background then that when you next go shopping for furniture, you could find yourself – as a responsible citizen of the world – drawn to find eco-friendlier furniture. And in a situation like that, you could find yourself asking how to find greener furniture.

There are several ways to find eco-friendly furniture.

In order to be in a position to find such eco friendly furniture, it would help for you to be cognizant of the various facets of green living, so as to understand what would qualify to be termed as ‘eco-friendly furniture.’ For instance, we would need to see that one of the threats facing our eco-system stems from the unsustainable release of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. And from thence, it would follow that furniture which has been manufactured through processes that don’t lead to huge releases of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere can indeed be termed as eco friendly furniture. Since transportation is one of the biggest culprits as far as unsustainable release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere goes, it would further follow that furniture which has not been carried for too long distances would be termed as being more eco-friendly that furniture which has been ‘imported’ – and which so many of us are so proud of. In summary what we would be trying to work out is the ‘carbon footprint’ of the furniture.

Beyond interrogating the furniture’s carbon footprint, another facet of eco-friendliness would be in terms of what happens when we are through with using the furniture. Furniture made from bio-degradable material would be considered as being the ideal ecological choice. Where such (furniture made from bio-degradable material) is unobtainable, furniture made from recyclable material would at least be a reasonable compromise.

Once you have understood what actually constitutes green furniture, you can then set out looking for such eco-friendly furniture. Many traditional furniture vendors, aware of the concerns people are increasingly having about the environment have started making the eco-friendly furniture available to their customers. So you may check out what your local furniture vendor has, in this regard. Alternatively, you can take your search for eco-friendly furniture into the Internet. On the net, you are sure to find lots of green furniture on sale; as there are even some online vendors who have …

Ways to Buy Recycled Wood Furniture

Quality wooden furniture can be really expensive and you may not be able to afford it, although you have strong desires to own some. In such a situation it is best to buy recycled wood furniture, which will cost you less and will offer better quality and longevity than the new wood furniture.

Ways to Buy Recycled Wood Furniture

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Recycling wooden furniture is a part of the ecological process that uses the dumped materials, which are collected as wastes and then converts them to their original or artificial state. Recycling these materials reduces the negative impact on the environment and at the same time, it helps to reduce the overall cost of the furniture. This means that both you and the environment are positively benefited.

Buying recycled wood furniture

When you buy the recycled wood furniture, you need to consider a few things which are vital in understanding the quality of the product as well as in evaluating its value. Check properly whether the furniture includes the certificate of the Forest Stewardship Council, which will indicate that the manufacturer of this furniture contributes to this wonderful cause and is part of this council.

In the market of reused furniture, look for items that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which has developed even standards for forest administration and promotes the world’s forest to the people of the world. The Forest Stewardship Council is an internationally acclaimed recognition in forest management that is in demand for the restoration of the eco friendly products. It prevents cutting down of forests and other natural habitat, prevents the practice of harmful chemicals, checks the development of the hereditarily adapted trees, abides by the World Trade Organization regulations, brings in a balance in the ecological system and lastly it compliments the privileges of the native peoples.

Few other reliable certification standards includes the Rainforest Alliance that produces the Smart wood label, the Green Seal certification or the Green Seal label and the Scientific Certification Systems or the SCS label really keeps a measure of the standard of the different varieties of recycled wood furniture.

Until and unless the hardwood trees like teak, fir, mahogany, redwood, douglas and western cedar is certified by any one of the above mentioned organization, which secures the quality and standards of these woods and trees, you should not buy the recycled wood furniture as they may come from extremely rare old-growth forests.

You should be looking for the furniture that are made of recycled woods and are collected from old construction of buildings, dumped furniture or antique items. The use of such woods saves millions of dumped woods from wastage and also a good amount of money which would have been spent behind new wood constructions. The recycled wood furniture is safe to be used as they do not involve the practice of any pesticides or harmful chemicals and keeps the environment and your home, pollution free.…