When selecting furniture it is important to consider:
- The durability and service life - poorly made furniture with
a short life and will require early replacement with associated
- Toxic components - ensure all timber components are formaldehyde
free or have the FSC or the PEFC label. I
- Sourcing of materials - some use recycled plastics and recycled
or natural fabrics. Where wood is used, ensure is is fron certified
- Assembly/Disassemby - being able to disassemble makes the product
easier to recycle.
- Recycle Potential - all plastics used in furniture should be
clearly labelled with its plastics code for recycling.
- Locally supplied - where possible use locally made furniture
and fabrics to reduce the transport energy component.
- Natural materials - such as hemp or wool that are Environmental
Choice certified. Also look for fabrics that are manufactured
from 100% recycled materials.
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