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Choosing Sustainable Furniture
by Giorgi Bros. | Oct 22, 2012


Sustainable:  capable of being maintained at a steady level without exhausting natural resources or causing severe ecological damage.

The furniture industry makes a significant impact on our natural resources, but there are ways to minimize that impact by choosing sustainable furniture.  Here are a few things to look for:


Choose Sustainable Woods 

Look for manufacturers that are using woods legally harvested from responsibly managed forests.  The Forest Stewardship Council(FSC) is an independent, non-governmental, not for profit organization that promotes and certifies the use of sustainable woods. Giorgi Bros. Furniture carries several FSC certified manufacturers including:

 Available in Walnut or Maple wood in different finishes. Nightstand Shown: 2-CAL-25
Copeland Furniture
 
   Harden Furniture
   Maria Yee Inc. Furniture

Choose Manufacturers With Sustainable Business Practices
The Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) is a coalition that aims to helps member companies adopt sustainable practices.  SFC measures current sustainable practices like emissions levels and energy use and encourages members to move towards continual improvement. 


Find out more about some of the Sustainable Furnishings Council manufacturers we carry, and how they've rated on sustainability:


 

   American Leather
   Copeland Furniture
   Cresent Furniture
   Currey & Company
   Harden Furniture
   Lazar Industries
   Lorts
   Simply Amish
   Stressless Ekornes


Choose Products Made in the USA

Choosing products made in the USA can significantly lower the fuel consumption necessary for transportation.  Some of the manufacturers we carry include: Copeland Furniture made in Vermont, Simply Amish made in Illinois, Stuart David made in California, and Young America by Stanley in North Carolina.

Check out our last blog entry for more information on products made in the USA.


Choose High-Quality Products 

Instead of buying cheaply produced, particle board furniture that ends up the landfill, choose high quality furniture that can last for generations.


Choose Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)  Finishes & Paints

Water based finishes are best for low or no VOC's. The state of California has protective regulations in place regarding formaldehyde used in wood products.  The California Air Resources Board (CARB) created a regulation in 2009 called California's Formaldehyde Air Toxic Control Measure, which regulates formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products (particleboard, MDF, and hardwood plywood) sold in the state or used to make finished goods offered for sale in the state. All products containing composite wood products must comply with the new regulation. To find CARB-complaint mills, visit: http://www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/compwood/tpc/listofmills.htm


More Resources

Glossary:   http://www.sustainablefurnishings.org/glossary











 
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