In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the importance of sustainability in our daily lives. From reducing plastic waste to using energy-efficient appliances, people and companies are making conscious choices to protect the environment. One area where sustainability is often overlooked is in our furniture choices. Here are some reasons why choosing eco-friendly furniture for your home is important.
Reducing carbon footprint
The furniture industry is a significant contributor to carbon emissions. By choosing sustainable furniture, you are reducing your carbon footprint and helping to mitigate climate change. One great example of this is a brand we’re proud to carry: Amisco.
Amisco uses environmentally friendly processes from the first phase of the manufacturing process until the last. They recycle all rejected steel and wood parts and avoid over-packing while using packaging made from recyclable materials. Always concerned about reducing energy consumption, they pride themselves on taking the initiative to create a greener tomorrow.
Promoting responsible sourcing
Eco-friendly furniture manufacturers use responsibly sourced materials such as reclaimed wood, bamboo, and recycled plastic. By choosing furniture made from these materials, you are supporting responsible sourcing practices that help to protect our natural resources.
Supporting Canadian businesses
Many furniture manufacturers are small, locally-owned businesses that prioritize ethical and sustainable practices. By supporting these businesses, you are helping to build a more sustainable and resilient local economy. Birchwood, another of the brands GS carries, uses ethically sourced Canadian wood to build high-quality furniture that lasts.
Improving indoor air quality
Conventional furniture is often made with materials that contain harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These chemicals can be released into the air and contribute to poor indoor air quality. Sustainable furniture is made with natural, non-toxic materials that do not release harmful chemicals into the air.
Investing in quality
Sustainable furniture is often made with higher quality materials and craftsmanship than conventional furniture. This means that it is built to last and will not need to be replaced as frequently, reducing waste and saving you money in the long run. Remember, half the battle with sustainability is to reduce the number of unnecessary purchases made. Buying higher-quality furniture is an excellent way to ensure that happens.
When it comes to choosing sustainable furniture for your home, there are several things to keep in mind. Look for furniture made from responsibly sourced materials, such as FSC-certified wood or recycled plastic. Avoid furniture made with synthetic materials or harsh chemicals. Choose furniture that is built to last and can be repaired or repurposed if needed.
Choosing sustainable furniture for your home is an important way to reduce your environmental impact, support responsible sourcing practices, and promote a healthier indoor environment. By making conscious choices about the furniture we bring into our homes, we can create a more sustainable and equitable world for ourselves and future generations.