It may seem like a fad, but eco furniture is here to stay. Not only is it a better choice for the environment, in many ways, but it is also a better choice for you and your family as well. Eco furniture is often handcrafted and one of a kind, traits that you will not always find with less earth-friendly items.
The types of wood and other materials used in earth-friendly furniture can be particularly and unusually beautiful, from bamboo and other easily farmed woods to composite materials like dyed concrete and recycled plastics. If you have an open mind and are willing to pay a little bit more for a whole lot of payoff, you can be very pleasantly surprised by what you will find in ecologically made furniture.
At first, you might be put off by some of the alternative options being presented to you by your contractors or furniture salespeople. Why should you be getting a poured-concrete kitchen island when everyone else has fancy marble and granite?
There are many reasons that material like concrete can actually have a beautiful, and functional, place in your home. Not only is concrete very easy to make out of recycled and reused materials, but it also can be dyed in a variety of lovely, muted colors. It also stays very cool, making it easy to keep your heating bills nice and low.
Bamboo furniture, on the other hand, looks just as beautiful as traditional wood furniture and in some ways is even more durable. In addition to flooring, you can find chairs, tables, and bookshelves made entirely or partially from bamboo.
This eco-friendly material can be farmed, and also does not need many resources to thrive. You have probably seen lots of people with bamboo cutting boards, serving bowls and spoons, and other small items. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be the first person in your circle of friends to go bigger?
Another easy, and often-forgotten way to go green with your furniture is to buy antiques. Often made of beautiful material in styles that are impossible to replicate now, purchasing an antique is also very environmentally friendly. Rather than submit it to the junk heap, you are reusing a wonderful item and keeping your own money out of the stream that fuels so much waste and new material.
Whatever path you may choose, “go green” in your home!