Eco Friendly Furniture

The rising levels of globalization and industrialization have triggered genuine concerns about the sustainable health of nature. Consumer awareness is at its peak. As a result everyone is trying to do his bit in slowing down the fast decay of the planet. Going eco-friendly with your house décor is an amazing way to boost your environment-friendly lifestyle. The modern eco-friendly furniture is designed taking the environmental issues into account, and is light, sophisticated and easy to carry.

Features of Eco-Friendly/ Green Furniture

Looking for the right furniture to set up for your environment friendly home or office is not a daunting task at all. Keep a few things in mind while buying this furniture:

  1. Eco friendly furniture is essentially made of recycled content. The use of wood in making furniture does immense harm to our environment. However the use of old plastic, glass, metal, wood and recycled fabric for making the same furniture is an effective way to combat environment related concerns. It ensures that there is ample use of existing resources. The liberal use of new natural resources is restricted; hence there is less pressure on our ecosystem. The use of old wood particularly ensures lesser deforestation.

  2. Materials used for making the furniture do not emit toxins, carcinogens and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Do keep in mind that the paint used in glass, metal and wooden furniture is not completely VOC free.

  3. Bamboo can come in handy while making this furniture as it is a highly sustainable product, requiring less chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides.

  4. Be a little more experimental with your choice by opting for cardboard furniture. Cardboard is light cheap and also cuts down on the amount of paper waste and the emission of methane gas.

  5. A certification from the Forest Stewardship Council on wooden furniture means that the council is convinced that the manufacturer has re planted trees after cutting some of them down for his supply.

  6. Handmade furniture etched out by local artisans comfortably fulfills the requisites of eco-friendly furniture. Most of these are made of recycled fabrics, organic wool, and retrieved wood and metal. These are considered most energy efficient as there is no energy consumed by machines.

  7. Furniture which involves less processing time, lower carbon emissions, consumes lesser natural resources like water, and facilitates use of alternative energy resources like solar power can be deemed eco friendly.

  8. Even if you are repairing a little flaw of your old wooden furniture instead of revamping the whole of it, it means you have contributed in your own way by saving the extra timber; thus steering clear of deforestation.

  9. If you really want to go environment - friendly with a vintage furniture set do keep in mind that it meets the current safety standards.

  10. It is even more heartening to learn that companies making this furniture essentially practice fair trade, which involves fair pay and no exploitation for workers.

Kinds of Eco Friendly Furniture

The makers of modern furniture have combined the best of Nature and their craft to design this furniture which is both environment-friendly and chic at the same time. Chairs, tables, sofas, beds, small cupboards and patio furniture can be eco-friendly if made out of materials like cane, bamboo and mango wood. Arm chairs, two-seater, wardrobes platters and key holders can also be made in an environment-friendly manner. These are a perfect way to break the monotony which has ruled your personal space for years in the form of heavy, space-consuming conventional wooden furniture.

Be a little more enterprising and creative while giving your home or even your office a slightly different look! You really don’t have to rake your brains on this. Visit the nearest flea market; look for the fallen twigs in your garden- and make beautiful baskets or decorative pieces out of them. Use up the corn or the coconut shell in making lovely corn husks or a pen stand made of coconut shells!

Price Range of Green Furniture

The price of the furniture meant for domestic purposes ranges approximately from Rs. 750 to Rs. 12,000. Those meant for commercial purposes are available at a range of Rs. 700 to Rs. 18,000 (approx). The price range of the industrial furniture is Rs. 900 – Rs. 65,000 (approx).

In which Regions are these Sustainable Furniture Made?

Indians just like other people across the globe, are striving towards forging a better future for the planet. Their inclination towards green furniture is manifested in most parts India. This furniture is manufactured in all the major cities of the country- Delhi, Haryana (North India), Bangalore, Chennai, Kerala, Hyderabad (South India), Mumbai (West India) and Kolkata (East India). Also resorts and hotels in several tourist hot spots across the country have joined the pledge to go green and are going for environment-friendly furniture.

Here, special mention should be made of Jodhpur in Rajasthan famous for its handcrafted furniture.

Where to Buy Eco-Friendly Furniture?

In Mumbai you will find eco-friendly furniture shops at places like Goregaon east and west, Masjid Bunder and in Borivali west. The NCR region has eco-friendly furniture shops at Noida, Ghaziabad (New Arya Nagar), and Delhi (Kirti Nagar, New South Extension-2, near Patparganj and CR Park). Kolkata has its shops near Howrah, Sodepur and in Golpark. Shivaji Nagar, Koramangala and Banashankari in Bangalore have eco-friendly furniture shops.

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