Low carbon furniture

Low carbon furniture

10 April, 2013
Eco-architecture
Environmentally savvy furniture choices
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Making a few wise furniture choices can make a big difference for the environment. With the availability of responsible materials and creative new designs today, the choices are many. Here are some suggestions for what you can do to make a shift to a lower-carbon, more earth friendly home or office without sacrificing design. Recyclable Recycled metal and plastic are being used more frequently in furniture. With less resources being used and less processing than to make brand new materials for furniture, recycled materials are a no-brainer for those wanting to furnish their space responsibly. Also to keep in mind is how furniture is assembled, since the easier it is to take apart, the more likely it can be recycled. Bamboo Designers, especially in Asia, know that bamboo is a versatile material that can be used for just about everything in a home, including furniture, flooring, sheets and more. As bamboo is a fast growing plant, it can be harvested quickly and still be sustainable. Plus, it’s actually a type of grass, not a tree, so less trees are being cut down when you use bamboo! Local Imported often has to cross great distances to reach stores, creating a massive carbon footprint before you ever reach for your pocketbook. By buying local, you can not only save yourself this cost in carbon, but very often save cash as well, bring the unique flavour of your region’s culture into your home, and – icing on the cake - support area craftspeople and artisans to boost your local economy. Win win win. Wood Before buying, enquire whether wood that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council is used to make your wood furniture. By sustainably harvesting forests, trees which are important for the habitat can continue to keep the planet cool, and crucial biodiversity is maintained. Reclaimed wood is also another option; it means less wood will go to waste in landfills and can be beautifully unique in appearance. Reuse If you’ve got something that you have no need for, donate it instead of throwing it out. Or be creative; re-upholster, re-paint, strip down or add a few touches to transform something you have no use for into something new for yourself or someone else. Alternatively, consider shopping at second hand and vintage stores where you might come across hidden treasures, very often at reasonable prices. Images via: Tree.com.hk

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