Lifestyle and Living
Mar 2023 | By Christine Brown
Welcome back to Sustainable Interior Design Ideas for your Home! In this article we continue our journey to find ethical and sustainable products to create a healthy, and well-loved home!
Picking up from our last article, Repurpose, Reuse and Renew, you may now be thinking about buying new, and you may need a little guidance to help you find products that are both long lasting and earth friendly. Remember those three important questions that guide us: Where is it made? How is it made, and Who made it?
Many businesses share their sustainability commitments, practices, and certifications online. We can use labels and ratings to verify a businesses sustainability claim while third party certification ensures their accountability. Do your research and don’t be afraid to ask questions! Let’s look at some examples starting with the big purchases: furniture.
Buying furniture is exciting, so many fabulous styles to choose from! Whether a sofa, new desk, or bed, this is a purchase you want to last for many years. But how do you know if it is an ethical brand, made from sustainable materials, and no toxic finishes? Check for labels like Made in Green by Oeko-Tex, which verifies that the fabrics were sustainably sourced under ethical working conditions, and are free of toxins proven to be harmful to health. Any wood element, if not made from salvaged pieces should be Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, ensuring that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social, and economic benefits. GREENGUARD Certification ensures the wood finishes have been tested and scientifically proven to have low chemical emissions, guaranteed to give off only negligible volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Toronto based Brothers Dressler’s furniture and lighting is made from reclaimed, salvaged, and repurposed materials. Agile Design and Fabrication use sustainably harvested materials, non-toxic finishes, and all products are designed and made in Canada.
There is a multitude of amazing sustainable furniture companies across Canada. I have included a useful buyers guide from Zero Waste Creative listing the company’s products and sustainability efforts.
As consumers, we should ask questions and demand more ethically and sustainably produced products so, do your research and feel free to share your finds with us! Be sure to check out the list of businesses and resources at the end of this article to help you get started.
I hope this information is useful and inspiring! Join me for upcoming articles where we will dive into the accessories and textiles that bring your space to life!
Additional Sustainable Furniture Companies
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