Eco-friendly furniture is available in a wide variety of styles and prices. Target even carries a line of eco-friendly furniture that is surprisingly green. Many environmentalists have become wary of mainstream corporations plugging every product as eco-friendly, because an eco-friendly statement on the label doesn’t really give you an idea of how green it really is.
Target’s eco-friendly line, though, really is eco-friendly. Their tables, TV stands, bookcases, and desks are made with Forest Stewardship Council and Rainforest Alliance Certified SmartWood. The birth plywood used is 100% formaldehyde-free and is stained with non-toxic water-based stained. Its UV-cured finish minimizes greenhouse gases (but they don’t mention by how much, so that could be a bit misleading). As an added bonus, their eco-friendly line is made in the United States.
Eco-friendly furniture is all around. A quick online search will lead you in the right direction. There are bamboo armoires, stunning sofas and chairs that are comfortable and eco-friendly. For almost every product out there, if you want it, there’s an eco-friendly version.
Used furniture is also considered to be eco-friendly because buying used furniture doesn’t require any raw materials and there are no carbon emissions associated with your purchase. Used furniture can be found on Craigslist and other local, free consumer-to-consumer websites. Local newspapers also have a classified section, and yard sales are great places to get eco-friendly bargains.
Eco-Friendly furniture is pretty straightforward, but sustainable home décor can seem more overwhelming with the endless options. Hummingbird magnetic bird bookends (made in Mexico of 100% recycled aluminum) are a perfect way to accessorize. Fair-trade picture frames can add character to your home. An Eco-glass fireplace is a transportable tabletop fireplace that adds romance and warmth to your home.
Many companies make candles that are organic and scented with essential oils instead of overwhelming, synthetic fragrances. Even wall clocks can be found that are made from recycled aluminum. As is the case with furniture, if you want to furnish your home with eco-friendly décor, it is as simple as an online search.
Just like furniture, buying eco-friendly décor can be as simple as hitting neighborhood yard sales. Even if the item that you find at a yard sale is as un-green as could be, you are still preventing carbon from entering the atmosphere and the need for more raw materials. Yard sales are great ways to find eco-friendly furniture and home décor without spending a fortune.