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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 environmental impacts.
  • 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 sustainable sources.
  • 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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