Being mindful of the environment is a conscious decision that is increasingly prevalent in our society. Through this movement, sustainable home furnishing options have emerged, offering eco-friendly choices for your home. Modern furniture selections provide ways to minimize our ecological footprint without sacrificing style or quality. There are several options when considering eco-friendly furnishings, each impacting the environment and your home.
Reclaimed and Upcycled Furniture
One of the best ways to reduce waste and minimize the demand for new resources is to opt for reclaimed or upcycled furniture. These pieces give new life to materials that would otherwise end up in landfills. Reclaimed wood can be transformed into stunning coffee tables, bed frames, or bookshelves, and antique living room furniture can be refinished or reupholstered to reflect current style trends. Not only does this effort go a long way in fostering sustainable home furnishings, but each piece is unique with its own history.
Opt for Hand-Made
Honest work is done with the hands, and the byproduct is finely crafted furniture rather than chemicals and substances that are harmful to the planet. Hand-forged iron hardware, hand-hammered copper, and personally crafted pieces are all examples of how beautiful pieces of furniture can be created with a lower carbon footprint.
Low VOC Paints and Finishes
Home furnishing isn’t limited to just furniture and accessories – your choice of paints and finishes also has an impact on the environment and indoor air quality. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are chemicals found in many conventional paints and finishes that are harmful to you and the environment. Opting for low-VOC or VOC-free paints and finishes ensures that you’re keeping yourself safe from these compounds, and the environment free of them when it’s time to dispose of their containers. But, as with all paints and finishes, be sure to dispose of them responsibly and according to the guidelines on the containers.
Furniture that can serve two purposes is a smart way to optimize space and resources. These versatile pieces can adapt to a home’s changing dynamics – eliminating the need for excess furniture and thereby reducing waste. Examples of multipurpose furniture include:
- Sofa beds
- Folding tables and desks
- Storage ottomans
- Modular storage or bookshelves
Not only do these pieces enhance the functionality of a living space, but they also contribute to a more sustainable and clutter-free home.
Local and Handmade Pieces
Supporting small businesses or local artisans not only boosts the local economy but also reduces the environmental impact of large plants and factories large companies use. Handmade products often involve fewer carbon emissions and emphasize quality over mass production. Adding locally crafted furniture and accent pieces adds a personal touch to your home while reducing the ecological footprint of your purchases.
Sustainable Home Furnishings from Furniture Source International
At Furniture Source International, we turn classically inspired design ideas into quality, distinctive furniture pieces and accessories. We work alongside craftsmen in the artisanal provinces of Central Mexico, where bench-made, lasting furniture is produced. Our materials are natural: solid antique and reclaimed woods and hand-forged metals. Come see our sustainable and eco-friendly furniture offerings and break up the monotony of mass-produced, particle board furniture sets.