Over the past several years furniture manufacturers have increased their usage of FSC certified wood or reclaimed wood in the construction of both commercial and residential furniture. Additionally many of these products are now third party tested for harmful formaldehyde or VOC’s to ensure a safe and healthy home.
- Purchase furniture that is constructed of sustainable or reclaimed wood that has been certified by a third party certification (TPC) such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
- Purchase upholstered furniture products that are made from fabric that has been tested for unsafe levels of formaldehyde and volatile organic chemicals (VOC). Products should be tested by independent third party organization such as Green Guard or SCS and meet the US Green Building Council’s LEED rating system.
- Consider products that have been regionally produced. This will greatly reduce energy cost and consumption and have a positive effect on reducing the carbon footprint.
- Favoring organically grown cotton and hemp significantly reduces the amount of pesticides applied to the land.
- Purchase products made from recycled materials like steel and even soda bottles helps protect the environment by saving energy, water and many natural resources.
- Consider furniture that has been produced by environmentally responsible manufacturers that have a carbon emission reduction policy in effect.
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