It is important to consider the materials, how things are made, where they are made, and who made them.
1. Select eco-friendly finishes in furniture and homewares
When choosing homewares and furniture consider what impact they will have on your health. Natural materials such as timber, jute and organic cotton, are great options.
Timber in particular has been shown to lift mood and connects you to nature. Look for FSC timbers which are harvested from sustainable sources. For linen, soft furnishings, rugs and carpets look for wool, organic cottons, tencel, linen, hemp, jute and sisal.
A lot of cheaply made furniture is full of VOC’s – chemicals containing carbon that evaporate into the atmosphere at room temperature. They often have an odour, and can be present in a wide range of household products, construction materials and new furnishings.
Look for products that are marked as having low or no VOC’s. The higher the VOC level the higher the toxicity.
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Fast furniture often contains harsh chemicals like formaldehyde, which are terrible for human health. You can get products without VOC’s in everything from paint to kitchen benches. Fast furniture is often made from poor quality materials like particle board and will be tossed into landfill within a short time. Not only is this bad for the planet, but it is bad for your pocket.
It might be cheap to start with, but how many times will you need to replace that item?