In this case, green isn't referring to the color. Green is the term used for being environmentally friendly and can be in reference to people, materials, and other things. While people can make improvements on their home to be more eco-friendly, it might be more economically friendly to make the changes inside the home. If you have been looking to replace your furniture, consider going green. Here are a few tips to get you started on your hunt for the perfect eco-friendly furniture.
The materials that are used in furniture are what make them green. Materials can be good for the environment either because they are materials that are considered renewable resources or they are all natural. A lack of chemicals and toxins in your furniture also means it is a better choice for the environment. It may be hard to imagine that a sofa or table could actually be a green product but they really can be depending on what they're made of.
Look for furniture that says it is eco-friendly or green. If they say that they should also say how they are eco-friendly. Some furniture can be made from bamboo as a replacement for wood. Bamboo grows easily and very fast as opposed to wood which takes a long time to renew, so it is a great choice to use for building material when possible. Natural feather down is also preferable to the artificial materials that can be often found in furniture. Household pieces that advertise being made from recycled materials are great options for you if you are green conscience.
There are many renewable sources that manufacturers could use when building furniture, so you should be keeping an eye out for them. Bamboo, as previously mentioned, can be an excellent replacement for wood and can also replace plastics and metals in some furnishings. Cotton is a soft fabric that is safe for the environment when it is disposed of and it can be replenished often. Hemp is also a renewable source that can be used for fabric and twine.
Recycled materials also can be made into green furniture. Metals can be recovered and remade into new things such as frames and foundations for sofas. Recycled plastic can also be made into furniture such as tables and chairs. Touching up old furniture instead of buying new items is a very cheap way to be green. Yard sales and second hand stores sell furniture too and buying used means new things won't be made custom for you, so no more damage has to happen to the earth.
Even if you can't buy specifically green items, you can still find furniture that is better for the environment than others. There are materials you should avoid because they are especially bad for the environment. Foam and certain kinds of plastic can be reused and also don't decompose over time. Also anything with a lot of chemicals is a big no go because chemically rich items affect not only the ground but also the atmosphere.
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