Ten years ago, modern green furniture meant eccentric, futuristic-style couches upholstered in some random shade of green. Fast forward to 2010, and green has become more than a color. Green is synonymous with eco-friendliness, sustainability and an acute awareness of the need for change toward a more organic, environmentally sound lifestyle. Green homeowners will want green furniture. They can have these products custom made to ensure that every aspect of its manufacture does not cause too much impact on the environment.
When it comes to raw materials for furniture, such as wood and rubber upholstering, it is best to choose materials that are guaranteed sustainable or come from green sources. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) merits wooden products with a label that certifies the materials used do not come from illegal logging sources. Bamboo plywood also provides a sustainable alternative to wood. As a member of the grass family, bamboo grows quickly. Unlike traditional hardwoods, the sturdy raw material does not require replanting. Instead of synthetic latex, homeowners can ask that their furniture be upholstered with natural latex, which comes from the sap of rubber trees. Even the filling inside couches and cushions can be green, as they can be made from natural down and feathers, as well as recycled or natural fibers.
Furnishing one’s house with modern green furniture may seem like a small gesture, but it goes a long way. It can spread environmental awareness and prove that it is possible to live a contemporary lifestyle while posing significantly less impact on the environment.