Monday, January 25, 2010

A Sampling of Eco-Friendly Furniture

The furniture landscape continues to get "greener."  And more affordable.  Eye the photo above of Broyhill 's Jasmine Sofa, priced at $899.  Looks sweet.  Sounds great:  Soybased-foam fill the seat cushions. Recycled plastics make the back ones. The springs are made from repurposed steel. The frame is built from domestic timbers obtained from certified sustainable sources. The leg stain is water-based.    I love where we're all headed....   With that said, there are challenges. For instance, finding affordable sources of certified, sustainable lumber is difficult. Less than 8% of the world's timberland is certified, according to the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA).  Most forest certification programs were developed in the 1990s, and their aim is to ensure a balance between what is harvested and replanted.  The alliance does applaud the following furniture manufacturers for making strides in producing eco-friendly pieces:  Ethan Allen , Copleland Furniture, Rowe Furniture, Broyhill, Harden Furniture, GroovyStuff, Thayer Coggin, Sauder, Vaughn-Bassett Furniture, and C.R. Laine.

In addition to building frames with sustainable hardwoods, C.R. Laine is also focusing on developing a wider selection of environmentally friendly fabrics.  One such is hemp, a plant that doesn't require pesticides or fertilizers -- and very little water. Plus, the company's marketing director says hemp is 8 times stronger, which makes it very family compatible.  The Stockholm sofa above by C.R. Laine sells for $4,254.  It is upholstered in Hybrid "Oatmeal," a new cotton fabric.  "When cotton T-shirts are manufactured, a significant amount of cotton fabric is used, according to C.R. Laine.  "In the past, many of these remnant pieces were sent to the landfills. Through a process of collecting, cleaning and separating this pre-consumer scrap cotton fabric into raw fibers, the company is producing this new hybrid cotton.

The Coyote end table from Groovystuff is constructed from reclaimed antique farm implements salvaged from farms in Thailand. It sells for around $499.

Ethan Allen 's distressed pine trestle table is made from lumber gathered from domestic, sustainable sources. It has a water-based finish. About $1,399.
Sauder Woodworking Company has adopted a "waste not, want not" philosophy.  According to AHFA,   every one of the 37,000 items Sauder ships daily from its 4 million-square-foot plant is made from 98% pre- and post-consumer recycled material. Their price range for desks, bookcases and credenzas: $69 to $249.

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