Go from Homely to Homey with Sustainable Furnishings, Part I

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Need new living room furniture? Whether your current sofa is torn and tattered or your living room is sitting empty, you can go green with new, eco-friendly furnishings. Some companies offer stylish seating collections that use sustainably-harvested wood frames, soy-based or natural latex foam cushioning, and natural or recycled-content fabrics.

Top quality pieces that will last a lifetime are constructed using: kiln-dried solid hardwoods and eight-way hand-tied spring suspension, and upholstered in fabrics that have been rigorously tested.

Here are some companies offering chic, sustainable options sure to increase your living room’s cozy, comfy quotient:

  • Cisco Brothers constructs its furniture with biodegradable and non-toxic materials. The company uses FSC-certified hardwoods and offers natural upholstery options such as flax, hemp, jute, or yak fur blend. Furniture is made in Los Angeles and is available at stores in California & New York.  (Their Epoch collection is pictured here).
  • Crate & Barrel offers many styles that are made in the U.S.A, and use certified sustainable kiln-dried hardwoods and soy-based polyfoam cushioning. Some models offer eight-way hand-tied springs.
  • EcoSofaDesign has a showroom in Los Angeles, CA where you’ll see living room furniture upholstered in organic cotton, hemp, sustainable wool and recycled polyester. They also use eco-friendly foam cushioning, sustainable kiln-dried woods, recycled heavy-gauge steel springs, and natural finishes.
  • Greener Lifestyles creates sustainable furniture in its Seattle, Washington facility using FSC-certified wood, natural latex cushioning, organic & wool batting, natural fabrics, eight-way hand-tied recycled steel springs, and zero-VOC glues.
  • RC Green by designer Robert Craymer offers high-end furniture made in the U.S.A. with locally-sourced FSC-certified wood, recycled steel, non-toxic & formaldehyde-free stains & glues, soy or latex cushioning, and natural fabrics. His line can be found at Vivavi in New York City and through trade professionals (prices are not for the faint-of-heart!).
  • Viesso offers custom pieces made in Los Angeles with 3 week delivery times. The company uses FSC-certified woods, natural latex cushioning, recycled or natural fabrics, and water-based glues & stains. The furniture can be seen at its LA showroom and ordered online by consumers or trade professionals.
  • Zola Furniture is hand-made at the company’s facility in Bend, Oregon and is sold through interior designers. They use only the finest low-impact, sustainably produced, natural, organic and recyclable materials.

Tag(s): Green Furnishings, Greening the Home

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