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Know what your furniture is made of.


Know where your furniture is coming from. Know you are doing your part to sustain a healthy future.


Join the Sustainable Furnishings Council for education, information, resources, guidance. Shop SFC members for products and services.


WHAT WOOD IS GOOD? Deforestation is a problem around the world.


LOOK FOR


• Wood certified by a reputable organization like FSC • Solid North American hardwoods • Reclaimed and recycled materials • Plantation-grown wood, such as Mango • Fast-growing renewables like Bamboo


WHAT FOAM FOR HOME? Foams and wraps are usually petroleum-based.


LOOK FOR • Natural latex from rubberwood trees • Bio hybrids that mix soy and petrol • Down, kapok or other natural wraps • Spun wraps from recycled bottles • No FR chemicals added


WHAT LEATHER IS BETTER? Leather production uses land, transport, and chemicals.


LOOK FOR • Vegetable-Tanned • Non-toxic dyes


• US or EU leather production and manufacture


• Genuine leather rather than PVC substitute


WHAT FABRIC IS FANTASTIC? Textile production is chemical


intensive.


LOOK FOR • Certified organics, especially for cotton


• Other natural fibers such as wool, linen, hemp that require less water in production


• Recycled content, especially in synthetics


• No FR chemicals, fluorinated stain treatments, anti-microbials, or PVC


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WHAT FINISH IS FINE? Finishes can off gas toxins called VOC’s.


LOOK FOR • Water-based lacquers, not acetone • Natural finishes like waxes and natural oils • Certified No or Low VOC


WHAT IS AN LCA? A Life Cycle Assessment tracks environmental impact of production from extraction of raw materials, through processing, manufacturing and transportation and the use, reuse and recycling of the product until it returns to the earth as a nutrient or toxin.


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