We all want to play a part in helping to protect the planet and the natural resources that it provides us with. So, we recycle, we re-use, we shop locally and leave the car in the driveway so as not to add to the pollution in the atmosphere. At home we do our bit by turning down the central heating a degree or two and not using the tumble dryer unless in a dire emergency. You know the drill.
There’s one area where it’s not always so easy to be green though, and that’s when you buy new things for your home like furniture and electrical items. Of course, you can choose to buy the most efficient washing machines and dishwashers, but they still require new parts to be manufactured in the first place. And most furniture, of course, requires use of our natural resources to be produced.
However, there are more and more eco-friendly furniture options out there these days, and if you have the time and inclination to search for green furniture, it can be found. It’s becoming more mainstream with big furniture retailers offering reclaimed wood collections. For instance, environmentally conscious shoppers for furniture UK from Furnishing Homes can choose from two or three different reclaimed oak ranges.
Whether you’re looking for a dining table and chairs, sideboard, or coffee table or beds and wardrobes, you can find them manufactured out of reclaimed wood. Reclaimed wood often has a richer and warmer tone than new wood, so not only will you be doing your bit for the environment, but you’ll benefit too.
And you can also buy new wooden furniture which has been produced using wood from sustainable, responsibly managed forests. You just need to ask the appropriate questions when talking to the retailers – any worth their salt will be able to give you information on their supply chain.
Of course, not all your consumer choices can be green ones, but the more often you do make a green choice, the better you can feel about the times when it’s simply not possible.
The Napoleon collection faithfully captures the romantic feel of vintage, painted furniture from the French countryside. Featuring gently curved frames made of solid hardwood, brightly colored then rubbed down on the edges. Adds a soft splash of vibrancy to any setting. The Louvre arm and dining chairs are accented with a cane back. The chair is made of kiln dried hardwoods , and constructed using Chinese Joinery . Webbing placed in the seat for support, and hand-painted and hand-distressed for that special French appeal. New, sells this Louvre dining chair for $299
The Baltic dining table features a natural rectangular surface and an elaborate based. It would make any dining area stand out because of it's beautiful natural elements. The table features a Kiln-dried hardwood frame. The finishes are hand applied and sanded repeatedly. The top of the table is coated with a lacquer top coat or wax. New sells this for $1,499
Le Havre Dining Table-Elm Wood: W98.5 x H30 x D35.5 $2,949