No, I don't mean by painting your walls olive (though that is a nice shade). I mean by choosing furnishings that are eco-friendly. It is now possible to be eco-minded and still buy furniture that is trendy and reflects your personal style, without spending a ton of the other green stuff.
When looking for environmentally sustainable furniture, look for it to be labeled eco-friendly. Wooden pieces should come from renewable sources or from a company that is certified for only using wood that is not treated with chemicals and is not taken from protected areas. Search for products that are locally made and minimize shipping distance. Choose fabrics that are unbleached and use chemical-free dyes. And look for natural and renewable materials such jute, bamboo, mango, teak, cork and organic cotton.
Another great way to reduce the impact on the environment is to shop at thrift, resale and antique shops to find vintage pieces and furniture you can repurpose. Paint and reupholstering are easy and have a huge impact!
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