Some people obsess over furniture. Others hardly even notice it's there. One way or the other, making environmentally savvy choices in furnishing your home or office can make a big difference in your impact on the planet and your health. The modern sustainability movement has attracted such a large number of innovative designers that it's hard to know where to start.
Here is rundown of basic concepts that might guide your search. Our products are budget-friendly for everyone keeping in mind that quality does cost. Super store furniture, is a leading source of poor quality furniture which, has a short life and thereby attributes to consumer waste. Champion Seating Company’s “New Era Seating” product is our commitment to go green, not only for you but also for your footprint.
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Additional considerations as you go green with your furniture.
1. Recycled/recyclable metal and plastic
Since both metal and plastic are recyclable, at least in theory, these can be considered eco-friendly materials for furniture. More and more furniture is being made from recycled plastics and metals as well. Recycled materials require less processing and fewer resources, and help support the market for recycled materials. Technologies are always improving, meaning that recycled plastics and metals are always going up in quality. It's not all about materials, though, so here are some basic guiding principles to keep in mind when looking for furniture.
2. Recyclable and disassemblable chairs
Good eco-friendly furniture should lend itself to easy repair, disassembly, and recycling. Since 1994 Champion Seating’s chairs have been a perfect example, as we have the component-type manufacturing and modular office chair. We even have sold ‘parts only’ to customers whereas they can extend the useful life of their chair; including competitor’s products. Our products can be easily taken apart, sorted into their constituent parts, and recycled at the end of their useful lives. When buying furniture, stay away from "monstrous hybrids", pieces that are an inseparable amalgam of materials. If they can't be taken apart it's probably a sign that they can't be repaired very well either. Remember it isn’t “what it costs to buy it … “it is what it costs to own it.”
3. Look for furniture that's durable and fixable
One of the most important but often overlooked aspects of green products (and this definitely goes for furniture) is durability. If something is tough and/or can be readily repaired, this lessens the chance that it'll end up in the landfill, and could easily save you money in the long run, even if it's initially more expensive. Even recyclable materials if they break (and can't be fixed) require energy and other resources to reprocess and then replace. Durable goods that will last a long time can be passed on from person to person. Even if your style changes and that office table isn't your thing anymore, a good strong table will almost always be appealing to someone else, while a broken (and unfixable) one probably won't. When it's time to part with your possessions, think of Craigslist, Freecycle, or eBay, and find it a new home.
4. Low-toxicity furniture
When you buy a piece of furniture, bring it home, and set it down in a room, it doesn't just sit there. No matter what it's made out of, chances are, it's offgassing (or releasing substances into the air). Almost everything offgasses, which isn't necessarily bad, but synthetic materials or those treated with synthetic substances can offgas chemicals which are toxic. Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are the most common family of chemicals that are offgassed and have been linked to birth defects, endocrine disruption, and cancer. Flame retardants and formaldehyde are common VOCs offgassed by furniture. Especially if your home or office is well-insulated (which it should be for energy purposes) toxins can't get out easily. In fact, studies have shown that air quality inside your house (or car) is often worse than outside. Everyone should be conscious of the kinds of chemicals they bring home, but especially if you have kids, pets, or other family members who are low to the ground and prone to licking things. There are some good ways to help maintain good indoor air quality when it comes to furniture choices.
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Minus paint, foam and fabric, Champion Seating Co.’s products are basically 100% recyclable. If calculated by weight rather than component count, which is the standard used for environmental burden, the chair yields approximately 95% recyclable materials.