Definitions of ‘eco friendly’ can get confusing because it’s hard to quantify exactly much how one manufacturing process or material can be considered less harmful to the planet than another. Furthermore, when a company makes loose claims about being environmentally conscious, how do we know we are not being green washed?
No production process is 100% impact free, but some companies are doing their bit to minimise waste, carbon emissions and toxic ingredients, as well as getting certified by third parties such as the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) who have set the standard for responsible forestry around the world.
This list of eco friendly furniture brands is based on third party certifications, transparency with regards to their manufacturing processes, tangible steps they’ve made to become greener, as well as the longevity and aesthetic of their products. Pictured above – ‘The Hole’ table by Geyersbach.
Adventures in Furniture
- Adventures in Furniture are a London-based company with showrooms in Islington and Chiswick
- Furniture is made from FSC certified or recycled wood
- An eco rating system shows the different eco and ethical credentials for each product
- More than 90% of furniture manufactured in Europe
- Winner of the Guardian’s ‘Sustainable Business Award’ 2011
- Pictured – Ethnicraft walnut Tripod coffee table £689
- Penatonic are a Berlin and London based company making products from 100% recycled and recyclable materials such as chairs made from plastic drinking bottles and glass ware from old smart phone screens
- Modular designs means they don’t require glue and parts can be replaced as needed
- Each component is made from a single material so it can be infinitely recycled and each is numbered so that it can be tracked throughout its lifecycle
- Buy back program in place for when products and components are no longer usable
- Pictured – Pentatonic Airtool Table from £820
- Geyersbach are a small furniture company based in Berlin with everything made from reclaimed wood. The collection includes dining tables, benches, stools, shelves and cabinets, available in a range of paint finishes.
- Discarded wood sourced mainly from local houses and buildings in Berlin and Brandenburg.
- Pictured – #36 Coffee table made of wood sourced from Schonenschen Strasse, Berlin 480€
- Knoll was established in New York in 1938 and specialise in iconic furniture for the home and office, inspired by the Bauhaus school. Knoll have showrooms and dealers internationally.
- All products undergo Life Cycle Assessments during design and development to measure potential environmental impacts.
- Member of the Carbon Disclosure Project
- Details of products with third party certification from USGBC, LEED; FSC®; SMaRT©; level®; ISO 14001 and OSHA, listed here on their website
- Pictured – Krusin Lounge Chair from £840 at Twentytwentyone
- Grüne Erde is an Austrian company specialising in the production and trade of ecological, sustainable and fairtrade products
- Solid wood furniture from sustainably managed European forests, manufactured in Austria and neighbouring EU countries
- GOTS certified cotton used in their textile products, natural and recyclable materials in their home accessories
- A reforestation initiative aims to restore 31 hectares of mountain rainforest in the Brazilian region of Mata Atlantica
- Factories heated with waste wood chips which are burnt carbon dioxide-neutral in a biomass heating system
- Pictured – Alpina bed approx 1,790 € + VAT
Par Avion Co.
- Par Avion Co. is a British company with manufacturing in both the UK and USA
- Frames made from 100% FSC European and British timber and are hand made at their workshop in Norfolk
- They also work with local craftsmen and woodturners for their machining and turned products
- Wood products are sealed with environmentally-friendly hand rubbed finish called Osmo Oil™
- Seats are woven either with Danish paper cord by traditional weavers in Eastern England or handmade split willow skein using white willow from Somerset, made and woven in their Norfolk workshop
- Pictured – pi3 Stool from £1200
- Ekomia are an eco-conscious furniture brand based in Berlin
- Certified wood sourced from Germany or the European hinterland. Pinewood is sustainably sourced from Sweden.
- Furniture made in Berlin from solid wood with lowest possible amount of glue
- Products use solvent free glazes and oils from 100% natural ingredients
- Products delivered direct from manufacturer to customer
- Carbon offset via the Atmosfair compensator
- No plastic packaging
- Pictured above pine bed with storage from 900€
- Solid Wool make furniture from a composite material made from natural wool and 30% natural bio-resins
- Wool is sourced from Herdwick sheep from the Lake District, upland, hill-farmed sheep, historically used in the UK carpet industry. Demand for this wool has declined and is considered almost worthless, a by-product of sheep farming.
- The bio-resins used claim a minimum 50% reduction in carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions during manufacture over traditional resins.
- Pictured – Hembury chair with scorched black ash legs £395
- Warren Evans are a London-based bedroom furniture company committed to sourcing sustainable, organic, fair trade and innovative green components, technologies and business solutions.
- Beds are handmade in London and made to order so there is no shipping and storing of stock
- FSC® timber used in all beds and furniture as well as organic mattresses
- 0% of production waste sent to landfill
- Factory heated by bio-mass burner fuelled by offcuts of wood and sawdust from the workshop
- Winner of multiple green awards including the Mayor of London’s Green Awards, The Sunday Times ‘Best Green Companies’ and The Observer’s ‘Ethical retailer of the year’
- Pictured – Borneo bed in Oak Satin from £525