8 Essential Guides to Acquiring Eco-Friendly Furniture

Written by Posted On Thursday, 03 May 2018 08:58

Furniture is one of those things we can't imagine doing without in our homes. It comes in different shapes, sizes, styles, and serves many different purposes. Some pieces of furniture are made with materials that aren’t friendly to the environment. When we bring this type of furniture into our homes, we'll be turning our homes into, potentially, an unsafe environment for ourselves, our family, and our visitors. It often costs a fortune too.

Therefore, it is important that we always chose the kind of furniture that will not be a risk to our lives and those of our pets, while also saving money.  Below is a list of tips to guide you in acquiring eco-friendly furniture, whenever you need it.

1. Stay Away From Flame-Resistant Furniture

What's the point of buying pieces of furniture treated with flame resistant chemicals? To reduce the chances of it burning, right?  Well, you may have to alter your ideals just a little bit. The point is that fire-resistant furniture is treated with chemicals which will soon find themselves released into your home. We could possibly suffer some health consequences due to those chemicals, even before any fire incident occurs. So, avoid furniture treated with flame retardants.

2. Ask Questions Before You Buy

Before you exchange your money for any piece of furniture, you have to get all the information you can about what it is made of, the type of wood, for example, and its origins. This is important becomes while some materials are sustainable and eco-friendly, other are not. Material that can be replenished after use is said to be sustainable, those that can’t be replenished are not sustainable.  Forest timber is a typical example of unsustainable material that should be avoided.

3. Consider Second Hand Furniture

You may not have given it a thought, but buying or finding second hand furniture is a positive eco-friendly idea. One thing to think about with second hand furniture is that there is nothing to fear in regards to harmful chemicals. Whatever chemical it was treated with at the time of production will have faded away at the time of resale. That's not all, second-hand furniture is also cheaper than new, of course.

So, you can keep the air in your house pure by purchasing pieces of second hand furniture. With a little polishing, it will easily begin to shine again.

4. Bear Recycling in Mind

When you want a piece of furniture, there are two things you can think of in terms of recycling. One is if the piece is made of recycled material. Another is if  it is made of a material that can be recycled.

Furniture made from recycled material is good because the process of making it is less difficult, and it will not need as much material as a new one would. On the other hand, buying furniture made with recyclable material means that it will be used to make another piece at the end of its life, instead of going straight to the landfill.

So, when you go for recycled or recyclable furniture, you are helping both the economy and the environment.

5. Go for Flexible and Durable Pieces

Perhaps because of your family, you prefer pieces of furniture that are larger in size. That's probably because these are better for comfort and relaxation. However,  there is another side to it. Someday, the need for a move may arise, and you must think of the difficulty and the cost that will be involved in moving your large pieces of furniture.

So, in place of such large pieces, consider smaller ones that can be picked up and put down easily. These smaller pieces will also be easier to transport. should the need to move happen. What’s more, smaller-sized furniture can be easily converted for other uses should another piece be bought, because of this they are more environmentally economical, flexible, and durable.

6. Go for Locally-Made Pieces

Instead of travelling miles to purchase your furniture, you can  choose to shop in your local market. When you do that, you are contributing to the growth of the local economy, while also reducing the amount you have to spend transporting the furniture to your home.

 7. Minimise the Amount of Furniture you Acquire

It is a perfectly eco-friendly choice to reduce the amount of furniture you buy. You may choose to stick only to those pieces that are strictly necessary. When you do that, you'll find that you have saved money while creating more space that can be utilised to beautify your home.  It also means that you have tactically reduced the volume of dangerous gases that are emitted in your home, should the furniture happen to contain any.

8. Have Your Furniture Customised

Customised furniture has a lot of benefits. Firstly, you will have to choose the size and style you want, perhaps one that doesn't exist anywhere. Secondly, you will have the opportunity to choose quality and eco materials what best suit your home and taste.

Two things are of topnotch concern when you want to purchase your furniture, they are economy and the environment. The above guidelines will help you not to hesitate in the two concerns. Follow them, and you'll surely find them really helpful. 

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