Green is In: Buying Eco-Friendly Furniture

There’s no doubt about it; green is the new black. From cars to consumer goods, the world is becoming a much more eco-friendly place. With so many green options to choose from, you can even turn your humble abode into an earth conscious retreat, allowing you and your family to get back in touch with nature.

Vegan

Contrary to what you might expect, finding vegan or animal product-free furniture isn’t difficult. In fact, this type of home furnishing has actually been around for decades, long before it was cool to be green.  Any type of furniture made from synthetic or man-made materials is technically vegan. This includes faux-leather couches, which can be found everywhere from budget home furnishing stores to high-end retailers. Some are so well-made, richly colored and perfectly stained that it can be difficult to tell the difference between the real deal and the faux version. In addition to being kind to animals and the environment, vegan furniture also tends to be markedly cheaper, which means it will also be kinder on your wallet.

Recycled

Recycled furniture comes in many forms. You can buy coffee tables made from recycled soda bottles, chairs made out of recycled metal and throw pillows created using old newspapers, and a host of other recyclables. If you want a rugged look that reveals the story of how your furniture was made there’s no shortage of options available to you. However, you can also find high-quality furnishings that are so impeccably designed your friends will have a hard time believing you when you tell them they’re made from recycled material. Such home accessories can also add a bit of character to a home office, family room or children’s play area. You’ll also be able to feel good about your purchase and all the trees that were spared because of it.

Reclaimed

Of all the types of eco-friendly furniture from which you can choose, reclaimed furniture is one of the most exciting. Reclaimed furniture is furniture that was once used as something else. A bookcase that was once vintage luggage and a couch made from a recycled refrigerator are both great examples of reclaimed furnishings. Of course, if you’re looking for something a bit more low-key, you can also choose from more traditional looking material like reclaimed wood, plastic or cardboard. These mediums can be painted or stained to create a more polished or antique look, which can work with any range of decors. Even high-end luxury manufacturers have caught on to the trend.

Not long ago, earth friendly furniture was considered a mere fad. Now it’s everywhere you look and shows no signs of becoming a thing of the past. Knowing how easy it is to make your home and the planet look their best, you can finally take the plunge and get that cool looking table your green friends have been talking about.

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