Furnish Your Home with “Green” Furnishings
Even though it’s obvious that the Earth is not replaceable, people still treat it as though it is. With the ocean levels rising, the ozone layer falling apart, and the ice caps melting, the population has left more of a carbon footprint in the last one hundred years than all of history put together. However, the practice of green living is becoming more popular every day.
Due to environmentalists, the definition of “green” is completely different. The term “green” is defined as any attitude regarding the protection of global environment, social responsibility, and bioregionalism. You’ll find this label from businesses, restaurants and manufacturers in attracting clientele.
People are becoming more environmentally friendly all the time. This includes buying green furniture. Using furniture crafted from recycled materials have become quite fashionable as well as helpful in preserving the planet for future generations.
One of the best materials for green furniture is bamboo. It is technically a type of grass and it grows very quickly. Not only that, it is sturdy and looks great. Bamboo furniture doesn’t need deforestation, either. It has become very popular with environmentalists because it can be used as flooring, furniture, and even window shades and blinds. In addition, few pesticides are used to produce it.
Trees absorb carbon dioxide and convert it into oxygen to make the Earth’s air breathable. That’s why deforestation is so objectionable. This is helped along with certified sustainable tree farms that are in place just for producing wood that will be made into items. The Rainforest Alliance is one of the largest sustainable wood certifiers. It uses the FSC, or Forest Stewardship Council to easily determine safe wood. When searching for furniture made with the wood of sustainable trees, ask your local furniture retailer or look for the FSC label.
There’s also the Rediscovered Wood Certification that the Rainforest Alliance uses to certify any furniture constructed from recycled material. While sustainable forests are excellent ways to get lumber, remember that wood will last a long time when properly cared for. Recycling wood from discarded furniture is better than trying to grow more sustainable wood. You can use old houses, furniture and even drift wood to build green furniture.
Fewer toxins are released from green furniture than synthetics. While most people don’t think about it, everything in your home produces airborne substances. Toxins from furniture have caused birth defects and other health issues. For this reason, your new furniture should be Greenguard certified to insure low toxicity.