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How To Source Eco Friendly Furniture For Your Slow Home

How To Source Eco Friendly Furniture For Your Slow Home

By Micah Moen 4 Comments November 20, 2019

Hey folks, Welcome to the Aamodt / Plumb
channel where we give you tips and advice for creating a Slow Home that is
Good, Clean and Fair. If you are a conscious consumer and want to know how
to shop for eco-friendly furniture that is good for people and the planet, then
keep watching in this video. You are going to learn three goals to keep in
mind when shopping for eco-friendly furniture, four sources from best to worst
and additional things to consider when shopping for new furniture I’m Mette Aamodt,
co-founder of Aamodt / Plumb Architecture, Interiors and Construction and I’m here
with Interiors Associate Sarah Lueck and we design and build eco-friendly Slow
Homes for our clients every day. Hit the subscribe button and the notification
bell so you don’t miss any of the new videos we’re going to put out. So let’s
get going. When it comes to eco-friendly furniture we have three goals. Goal
number one: Reduce waste and new production. Basically buy less new stuff
to reduce pollution, save raw materials and divert stuff from landfills. Goal two:
When choosing new, aim for things that are made sustainably, will last a long
time and will be healthy for your indoor environment. Goal three: Support local
economies, small craftspeople and ethical manufacturers that pay a living wage and
create safe working conditions. So now that we have defined our goals let’s get
into the four strategies for sourcing eco-friendly furniture starting with the
best. The best option is restore and repurpose old furniture and what does
that really mean, Sara? Restoring is essentially bringing a piece of
furniture back to its original condition and you can either do that yourself as a
DIYer or you can hire professional and if you want to repurpose there are a
number of ways of taking one piece of furniture and changing it into a new
thing for a new use and again that’s something that you can either DIY or you
can hire a professional furniture designer or contractor to help you. The
second option is reusing old furniture that does not need to be fixed up so
antiques, vintage or pre-owned/used furniture. There’s some great sources
locally in your area. Craigslist is amazing for furniture, either antique
or just pre-owned. There are also antique stores or consignment shops that
have usually a really great turnover so it’s great to keep checking this.
Regionally there are antique fairs typically and in most metropolitan areas
that you can search for online and then nationally there are places like Chairish
and 1stdibs that are excellent sources for either pre-owned or vintage
or antique furniture. What do you think about flea markets and garage sales?
Those are awesome. If you have the time to go to see those,
be the first one there. So those two options were both using old
furniture. Let’s take a little pause for right now and I want to tell you that
we’re actually producing a miniseries on sourcing eco-friendly furniture. This one
is the general overview of all the sources and goals and in the upcoming
videos we’re going to take a deep dive into each one of these sources. So for
example, our next video will be all about artisan furniture. You can look at it
right here. Here’s a card right here and then they’ll be more about repurposed
furniture sustainable sources, etc. Okay quick question do you currently like to
buy vintage furniture for your home? If yes, type the word “vintage” in the
comments below. Now let’s keep going with our list.
Maybe vintage is not really your thing and you really prefer to buy new
furniture. Let’s talk about some sources for that.
For new eco-friendly furniture, our first suggestion is to look for small
shops. I think starting locally regionally is the way to go and you know
we like FN Furniture in New York we just found them and they practice zero waste
in their fabrication of their new furniture. They CNC pieces out of
a single sheet of plywood with zero scrap material and we think that’s
really cool. So nationally there are small shops out there. Schoolhouse is one
that we’ve loved for years. They started small just making lighting and now
they’ve expanded to include furniture and home accessories and then
internationally, for example, there is Goodee, a Canadian collective, who sources
sustainable furniture and home accessories from around the world.
The fourth source is new furniture from large retailers. Now this is still a good
option if you are careful about who you buy from. So, for example, locally for us,
we are in Boston, and Circle Furniture is a family-run furniture company that’s
been in the area for over 70 years, but if you were in, say for example, North
Carolina, the large furniture company Lee Industries would be local to you. So
nationally we are seeing many household names aligning themselves with
sustainable furniture practices. For example, West Elm has a number of
eco-friendly and ethical sourced furniture lines. There is also Blue Dot
and Room and Board who are both US companies. They manufacture in the US and
they use clean and sustainable materials and methods. For international companies,
we love IKEA for their holistic approach to
sustainability. They use sustainably sourced raw materials whenever possible;
they have a goal of zero waste in stores; and they give back to their
communities. So when you’re buying new, there are other factors we want you to
consider if you’re not going off of these recommendations. Some things that
you want to look for: You want to look for sustainably harvested materials,
ethically and sustainably run fabrication processes, ethical employee
wage and work conditions, quality and durable construction, in other words something
that’s not disposable, materials that are biodegradable or recyclable and
materials void of toxic chemicals that are bad for your indoor air quality and
also for the environment. Now you have learned three goals to keep in mind when
buy an eco-friendly furniture for your Slow Home, four sources for that furniture,
as well as additional tips to bear in mind when you’re buying new. Please
subscribe to our channel. Give this video a thumbs up or thumbs down if you found
it valuable and please share it with someone who you think might find it
useful. Join us in the next videos in this series where we take a deep dive
into each one of these sources. See you next time

4 Comments found


David Ascher

VINTAGE! I’m a yard sale junkie and I troll craigslist for designer furniture every Saturday.


Sarah Lueck

V I N T A G E (obviously)


Eric Der

Also FN Furniture is a really cool company; the ability to flat pack furniture is super convenient!


Julia Guerra



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