In celebration of Earth Day, I am focusing today’s blog on sustainable furniture which also happens to be an interior design trend for 2020.
For furniture to be considered sustainable, it needs to consider the following: material, manufacturing, transport, and utility.
To break that down a little bit more, sustainable furniture should incorporate the following:
- Uses recycled, repurposed or renewable materials (such as bamboo)
- Incorporates safe manufacturing that does not pollute the environment, practices fair trade, and does not harm communities or destroy sensitive environments
- Is energy efficient using locally sourced materials
- Is built for durability
With quality and sustainability in mind, here are some companies that make beautiful furniture without leaving a heavy footprint on the environment.
The Joinery designs and handcrafts hardwood furniture from sustainable forest resources. The furniture is entirely built and signed by an individual builder in Portland Oregon with a lifetime warranty.
Medley furnishings are built in their workshop in Los Angeles, CA. Each item is custom crafted using premium eco-material demonstrating how American made furniture can lower the carbon footprint.
Burrow furniture is handcrafted from durable, sustainably-sourced hardwood and scratch- and stain-resistant, non-toxic fabrics. With an eye toward style, Burrow provides long-lasting and multi-purpose options.
Fair Trade Certified, Avocado is the only Climate Neutral® Certified mattress brand achieving “net-zero” carbon emissions. Designed in Hoboken, N.J., their mattresses are handmade in California with naturally non-toxic and 100% certified organic materials from their farms. And if you need more reason to feel good about a purchase, 1% of revenues go to 1% for the Planet®.
Viva Terra began in 2004 on the coast of California driven by a mission to provide eco-friendly décor options at a time when few were available. Viva Terra sources from and supports artisan communities in more than 20 countries across the globe, seeking out fair-trade partners and sustainable methods of production.
The Citizenry partners with master artisans, blending their modern style with their time-tested techniques. Offering handmade goods, crafted with the highest quality materials, they sell direct to the consumer to offer more reasonable prices than traditional luxury boutiques.
Vermont Wood Studios
Vermont Wood Studios began as an effort to protect the world’s endangered wildlife habitats. Providing handcrafted, custom made wood furniture made in Vermont, their work and products demonstrate craftsmanship and sustainability.
Happy Earth Day and share your sustainable home ideas.