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March 13, 2014 12:00 am

Make Your Design Eco Friendly

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For most of us, saying it’s been a long winter is an understatement.  I can’t believe it’s already March, and I can’t wait for spring to finally show itself and for us to get a glimpse of summer!

With spring on the horizon, many of us are thinking of spring cleaning and sprucing up our homes (or a single room therein) with new colors, themes, or even brand new furniture. Here at QC, we try to be green. So with that in mind, here are a few of our favorite eco-friendly pieces of furniture.

Use Reclaimed Wood

This is a trend that can add so much character to any room.  Reclaimed wood pieces come from old buildings, driftwood, or even from trees that have been damaged by invasive insects.  Carpenters transform these pieces into beautiful tables, bookshelves, chairs, accent furniture, or even entire bedroom sets.  The best part? Each piece is 100% unique!

There are many companies out there that sell reclaimed wood furniture. A quick Google search will leave you with tons of options. You can also check out etsy shops for local vendors who create and sell their own masterpieces.

Go Organic

Many sofas and mattresses are made of synthetic products that are extremely harmful to the environment.  With a little research, you can find furniture that is made of organic fabrics such as cotton, wool or organic latex.

If going 100% organic isn’t an option (it can be a little pricey, after all), you can at least stay away from the most environmentally damaging (and toxic!) materials, like PBDE’s, PFCs (Teflon), or formaldehyde, to name a few.

Finish it off yourself

The best way to avoid furniture that contains toxic chemicals is to purchase unfinished pieces to stail and/or paint on your own.  If you purchase wood, glass, or metal furniture that is unfinished, you basically have a blank canvas to use your own environmentally friendly paints or stains and truly make it a unique piece that reflects your (or your clients’) personality!

Keep it Local

When you purchase a piece from a box store, odds are it’s been on a boat, a plane, a truck… probably from some place far, far away.  Why not purchase from a local artisan instead!  Not only will you help the environment by reducing on transportation, you’ll also help support your local community!  Spring is usually a time for local craft fairs, so grab your local newspaper and see what’s going on this weekend.

More and more people are looking for eco-friendly alternatives today, and whether you’re a professional or simply a decorating guru, knowing the available options is always a plus!  What methods do you use to make sure your choices are environmentally friendly? Let us know in a comment!

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