It has been widely stated, since the early 2000s, that about 40 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions on the planet are responsible for the construction industry, and interior design and project furniture, fittings and equipment account for no more than 10 percent of this percentage. reducing their importance and marginalizing their impact, but recent research has indicated that the carbon footprint (the total amount of carbon dioxide emissions) for interior designs will equal, if not exceed, the percentage of construction and exterior emissions. upholstery.
Statistics have also shown that more than 9.8 million tonnes of traditional furniture enter the landfill each year, and therefore interior design can greatly affect the climate, and increase the current crisis if the situation continues at this pace, affecting the framework for dealing with the climate has broadened. In the matter of construction, to also include the design of decorative elements and furniture.
Consequently, furniture designers and manufacturers have started to place sustainability as a top priority, along with convenience, beauty and function, so many architectural and design trends have chosen a new direction focused on controlling the environment, whether it is through environmentally smart manufacturing . and attention to the materials used in Manufacturing, the use of recycled materials, or the manufacture of high quality products with a longer shelf life, which has led followers and those involved in environmental issues to say that we are in the middle of the road to is an environmental revival.
The interest in environmental issues and the increase in public awareness of the planet and the life cycle of the product has led to the interest of big companies in the production of furniture that does not pose a threat to the planet, and the world of design has seen how a clear shift towards sustainable production in all its forms and forms.Several labels, including Furniture Eco-friendly, Furniture climate-smart, Sustainable Furniture and Green Furniture, all perform one task to reduce the impact on the environment.
Quality, flexibility and durability
This type of furniture is often made with durable and high quality materials, which gives it durability and resistance over time Environmentally friendly, sustainable furniture is designed to last as one piece with long life and multiple benefits. And because local materials are often relied upon to save shipping and transportation costs, which is positively reflected in the final cost of the product, in addition to increasing the lifespan of pieces of furniture due to the creation of disassembled designs is easy, and reassembled, with the possibility of being easily recycled after the end of its use, And while sustainable furniture can break, like anything else, it does not have to be damaged, the possibilities are endless.
Sustainable furniture is also characterized by its flexibility and small size compared to traditional furniture, to meet the need of today’s society, which is gradually moving towards the principle of “less is more”, and the issue here is: how can the designer combines functionality with minimal size or even the ability to easily fold and store the piece in the absence of hair needed?
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closed loop cycle
Sustainable furniture relies on the so-called closed-loop cycle of recycling, a process by which a product is used, recycled and then converted into a new product, thus ensuring that it never enters a landfill. Continuous use, disassembly, and then reuse, the industry focuses on reducing the environmental impact of the items used in production, such as the use of recycled materials or non-toxic paints.Sustainable furniture materials follow a variety of sources, and the type of material and how it is obtained are important factors. In their sustainable classification, some companies use recycled and recycled materials in the creation of sustainable furniture, such as wood, glass, iron, etc., and metals, plastics and materials are also recycled, and old furniture is often a source of recycled items.
Wood is a popular choice for manufacturers because of its durability and durability, and as it is the main material in the furniture industry in general, the search for ways to create sustainability for forests has begun, and there is an international certificate (Forest Certificate) which sets standards and methods for dealing with forests and exploitation The wood from it is in the best possible way so that this activity does not lead to an imbalance in the ecosystem.
Today, specially recycled pine is used in the installation of sustainable furniture finishes, as well as renewable raw materials such as bamboo and cork, and moss has recently emerged as one of the renewable resources.
In the final finishes of sustainable furniture, non-toxic natural materials are also used, unlike traditional industries. The familiar smell emanating from new products, such as cars, furniture and other items, is often caused by the use of unnatural and sometimes toxic materials. to treat or finish the product, such as molten varnish, which is a transparent substance used in upholstery materials, dyes, paints and adhesives used in the furniture industry and is designed to protect paints from dust and dirt. This type of material contributes to space pollution by releasing volatile organic compounds, which are briefly called VOCs, such as flammable formaldehyde.
In sustainable wood furniture, instead of molten varnish, non-toxic water-based varnish is used as an environmentally friendly alternative, as well as a quality biodegradable material that includes plant products, wood and paper, and is very suitable for furniture that is easily damaged and worn with time and repeated use, such as Mattresses.Mattresses usually last from 5 to 10 years as a maximum, after which they are placed in landfills, while biodegradable mattresses break down and return to the environment. Crafted furniture is a long-term investment, a future that will contribute to creating an eco-friendly lifestyle.