In the quest to be sustainable, we usually begin in the home. It begins with simple things such as decorating with sustainable goods. It can evolve into turning the home into a very efficient, green place. The purchase of recyclable furniture is a perfect start to this process.
Living green and becoming eco-friendly in your home does not require giving up beautiful furniture and other household items. In fact, green can be beautiful. It can be beautiful in that the furniture’s materials are not going to the landfill and are being used for something innovative. It can also be beautiful in that the furniture is finely crafted and looks fantastic.
There are several places to get furniture that has been made from recycled items, as well as getting many recycled materials. Buying furniture made from recycled wood is a very eco-friendly purchase because no trees were cut for the furniture. Bluehouse Eco-Friendly Fine Furniture offers a beautiful selection of fine furniture from which to select. One piece of fine furniture is made of harvested solid mahogany construction, complemented by strips of 100 year old peroba rosa, a recycled wood reclaimed from Brazil. It presents well and is the ultimate décor item. Herman Miller has a major line of furniture made from recycled goods. There are chairs made from HDPE plastic, the kind of plastic used to make water bottles. Cardboardesign has very interesting designs on theirfurniture, made entirely out of recycled cardboard. It is deceivingly strong since it can hold up to 600 pounds. They have a selection of furniture that can be used for anyone from children to the most sophisticated adult. There is some assembly required, but it is only glue and clips.
There are a few smaller scale designs available too. Several designers offer tables and chairs made from bicycles and skis for the athletic taste. These can often be found at art fairs and small shops as well as online. There are lots of other items made from recycled items such as industrial machines, bridges, and even planes. Try to buy locally when possible. It is better for the community because it supports your local artisans and the recycled parts don’t have to travel as far to make it to your home. You may even get a better chance to personalize your furniture.
The road to sustainability doesn’t have to be rocky. The various kinds of recycled furniture prove that one man’s trash can indeed be another man’s treasure.