When it comes to green living, many people think of the big, obvious things: recycling, using less electricity and water, driving less. But for some people (like myself), those changes are a little overwhelming. And that’s okay! It doesn’t mean you can’t be green—it just means it might take a little more effort than a single trip to the grocery store. That’s why I want to share with you some ideas for how you can incorporate small steps into your daily life when it comes to buying furniture. These small changes will add up over time and help make this planet a better place in the future.
Buy used furniture.
Buying used furniture is a great way to save money, reduce waste and reuse items that have already served their purpose. If you’re not sure where to start, try searching online or at your local thrift store for pieces that are in good condition and can be refinished. This may seem like an intimidating process but with some elbow grease (and maybe some sandpaper), you’ll be able to give your old piece new life!
Look for furniture made from sustainable materials.
Look for furniture made from sustainable materials.
Sustainable materials are those that can be grown or harvested without harming the environment, such as wood and cotton. They’re often more expensive than their synthetic counterparts, but they last longer and don’t pose as much risk to the planet once they reach their end-of-life point (which is usually sooner than you’d think). To find out if your furniture is made from sustainable materials, look for labels like “eco-friendly” or “recycled”. If you can’t find one of these labels on your piece of furniture, ask an employee at your local store if they know where it came from–and if there are any other options available instead!
Don’t buy new furniture as soon as your old one breaks down.
You may want to replace your old furniture with the latest model, but that’s not always necessary. A lot of people throw away perfectly good pieces of furniture because they think they’re no longer in style or too old-fashioned. But what if we told you that there are ways to make your existing furniture look new again?
You can try these tips:
- Fix it yourself! If your couch has a loose leg or some other minor issue, fix it yourself instead of buying a new one. You’ll save money and help keep materials out of landfills by doing so.
- Don’t buy new furniture as soon as your old one breaks down – wait until after Christmas sales! You will get better deals on quality pieces at this time than ever before (and most likely also save money on delivery costs).
Choose smaller items when possible.
- Smaller items are easier to store and move around. When you have a lot of furniture, it can be difficult to find room for all of it in your home. When you buy smaller items, such as chairs or tables, you can fit more into the same amount of space without making clutter too overwhelming.
- Smaller items take up less space overall than larger ones do–a great choice if you live in an apartment with limited square footage!
- Smallersize furniture is also easier on your wallet: while not always cheap upfront (the price tag may be similar), they don’t cost as much over time because they require less maintenance and replacement parts as their larger counterparts do over time; plus there’s no need for fancy delivery trucks or contractors who specialize in moving large pieces around town!
There are many ways to buy greener furniture!
There are many ways to buy greener furniture. Here are some suggestions:
- Buy used furniture. Many people don’t think of buying second-hand items as part of their green lifestyle, but it can be a great way to get quality, durable pieces at lower prices. And if you’re worried about the condition of the piece or its history, look into resources like Freecycle and Craigslist–you might find something that’s just right for your needs!
- Look for sustainable materials in new products. There are many kinds of wood that are currently being harvested in an environmentally friendly way (for example, reclaimed wood) and some manufacturers have switched over completely from petroleum-based plastics to plant-based ones like cornstarch or soybean oil instead.* Don’t buy new furniture as soon as your old one breaks down: consider repairing it yourself instead! If there’s nothing else left but replacement parts then consider purchasing them second hand through sites like Amazon Marketplace where sellers will often offer discounts based on their ratings system which is based on customer feedback.* Choose smaller items when possible (like bookshelves vs couches) since those require less material per square foot than larger pieces such as tables/chairs would require so they consume less energy during production processes involving cutting trees down into boards before assembling them into final products such
We hope that this article has helped you to understand how furniture can be green. If you’re looking for new furniture, consider buying used or refurbished items or those made from sustainable materials. Smaller items like desks or chairs are also good options because they take up less space in your home and use fewer resources during production than larger ones like sofas or beds(1). And if something breaks down? Don’t throw it out! Repairing instead of replacing could save both money and resources while ensuring that all your belongings last longer than expected (2).