Eco-Smart Shopping.

When it comes to furniture, it can be tough to determine what is healthy furniture and what is not. However, it’s ultra important as we learn more about the damage we cause to the environment – both important for health and environmental concerns.

Conventional furniture,  as we have come to know it, emits volatile organic compounds (also known as VOCs) which have been linked to cancers and reproductive discorders. VOCs can be found in finishes, fabrics, cushioning, plastics and enamals used in furniture. Your indoor environment, whether at home, office, school, or even backyard, can be literally polluted.

So here is the deal. Folow these rules when shopping for new eco-friendly furniture:

  1. Opt for sustianbly grown, solid wood and look for certification from the Forest Stewardship Council or Rainforest Alliance.
  2. Buy vintage or antique as its already emitted most of its VOCs (also high quality or long lasting quality)
  3. Buy higher quality furniture made with quality materials
  4. Consider untreated or naturally treated furniture
  5. Recycle old reclaimed wood, recycled plastic, or glass pieces into new ones.
  6. Support your local artisan community to decrease transportation costs and keep a local economy growing.

Any budget and style can deliver you a beautiful, healthy and lasting indoor environment. Check out the Green Home Guide online for more know-how.

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