Guest writer Mike Gracia shares a few thoughts on how to ensure your furniture selections are sustainable.
Buying Furniture: There’s No Excuse Not To Be Sustainable
Denying climate change and the damage humankind has done to the planet seems like a moot point these days. With swathes of rainforest still making way for mile upon mile of palm oil plantations and the majority of countries around the world still reliant on fossil fuels, it seems the onus is being placed on ethically minded consumers to demand the products we make and buy are produced using sustainably (and responsibly) sourced materials and using ethical labour.
The Sustainable Furnishings Council, is an organisation that furnishing companies can join to promote products that have been awarded the CE Mark, which shows they were manufactured under standards set by European health, safety and environmental protection legislation.
If you hold concerns over the origins of the furniture you are looking to buy, when browsing furniture websites, look for a policy on sustainability and the environment. Reputable furniture sellers should provide detailed information on the sourcing of materials for their products and are happy to accommodate your needs if you specifically require your furniture be produced exclusively from sustainably sourced materials.
For an example of the fantastic range of items available under this scheme, produced to a high standard of craftsmanship and in keeping with health and safety legislation, click here to visit the Fashion For Home website.
Should information about any company’s policy with regard to the environment not be easy to find online, contact them and request they email or post you the relevant documentation. Businesses that are not forthcoming with information about how they source their materials should be avoided by the eco-conscious consumer.
If the only language corporations understand is money, what better way to show them we won’t stand for production and manufacturing techniques that pollute and destroy our planet than by refusing to buy anything that is not ethically, responsibly and sustainably sourced.
So if you are looking to spruce up the interior of your home, go the Sustainable Furnishings Council approved route and say no to pollutants and unsustainable practices.
Fashion For Home is a furniture retailer operating in Europe that prides itself on its policy toward the environment and sustainability as well as its exquisitely crafted fixings and furniture.
Thanks Mike !
Mike Gracia current writes for Fashionforhome.co.uk, a leading home fashion retailer, who is a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council.