Here’s a little furniture 101 for ya! I took the liberty of shortening the novel of information that’s out there, and just giving you a quick lesson in eco friendly furniture.
Eco-friendly furniture is produced in a way that has no harm on the environment and your health. Furniture emits chemicals into the air that cause indoor air pollution. Furniture manufacturers typically use finishes, paints, adhesives and other chemicals that contribute significantly to indoor air pollution. This pollution is caused by off-gassing, a process of emitting chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. And the bonding agents used in furniture made of pressed woods (like particle board) often have high formaldehyde content. These toxins have been linked to many illnesses and allergies, and they leach out into the air we breathe.
Furniture-grade wood is often sourced from tropical rainforests. Not only are some of the most diverse forests destroyed in the process (over 80% of the world’s old growth trees have already been razed) but also the great biodiversity they support. Sustainable furniture helps keep our planet clean from different pollutants through reforestation; it is made with trees that grow faster than most other trees. Sustainable furniture is made and disposed in a way that is beneficial to our earth. I think it’s sad that we have to label furniture as eco-friendly, or that we have to search for such furniture. All furniture manufacturers should be responsible enough to care for our health and environment. As concerned parents and citizens of this Earth, we can start making a difference by trying to only buy furniture from environmentally conscious manufacturers when possible. If the growth in sales for eco friendly furniture manufacturers are up, then maybe, just maybe all furniture manufacturers will look at their processes and make changes to better the health of their customers and benefit the Earth we live in.