TreeHugger is quite aware that we as a society can't sit back and shop our way to global sustainability; while buying greener products is a step in the right direction, it's not a cure-all or a behavior to engage in blindly, while writing off our other various environmental missteps. Still, we all need stuff, and we all consume it every day. When those moments of necessary consumption arise, we want you to be ready to pull the trigger in the greenest way possible, without sacrificing your aesthetic needs.
Buying a sofa is not something each of us will do very often, so it's important to make the decision count. Be on the lookout for sustainably-sourced wood, green textiles, non-toxic finishes -- to help ward off indoor air pollution, the silent bane of many interior products -- and the sometimes under-appreciated facet of sustainable products: longevity. Our choices are built to last and designed to not fall out of style with any passing fad, so, should you buy one, you can keep your pick for many, many years and perhaps pass it along to another generation of TreeHuggers. Have a seat and prepare to get comfy, beneath the fold.
What: Mota by Viesso Furniture
Why: Maharam and Knoll textiles, natural latex or feather/down filling and wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
How much: 72" from $1361; 84" from $1540; 96" from $1741
Nice touch: The fully customizable design process let's you be as green as you want to be.
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What: Round-d at Greener Lifestyles
Where: GreenerLifestyles.com or their brick 'n mortar store in Seattle
Why: Recycled polyester or organic wool fabric (in lots of different colors), FSC-certified hardwoods, natural latex foam cushions and non-toxic adhesives
How much: Loveseat: $3,770 for organic wool; $3,480 for recycled polyester
Sofa: $4,840 for organic wool; $4,450 for recycled polyester
Nice touch: Nine different options for organic wool upholstery, five different options for recycled polyester and a slipcover options means you can match any decor and it's easy to recover.
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What: Emily Sofa by Q Collection
Where: Q Collection showrooms
Why: Sustainable hardwoods, non-toxic glues and adhesives (no polyurethane, formaldehyde, brominated fire retardants or other toxins are used across their entire collection), natural latex foam, organic cotton muslin and batting and eco-friendly textiles dyed with low-impact, heavy-metal-free dyes
How much: Contact them for pricing
Nice touch: Like everything offered by the company, Emily offers one of the best combinations of sustainability and design we've ever seen.
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What: Gaylord Sofa by Verde Design Studio
Where: Verde Design Studio and their Chicago showroom
Why: Non-toxic finishes and glues, natural rubber latex foam cushions, certified tropical hardwoods
How much: Contact the showroom for pricing
Nice touch: Hand-made in Chicago means a reduced overall carbon footprint (especially if you're in the Windy City).
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What: Lockport Apartment Sofa by Crate & Barrel
Where: crateandbarrel.com and Crate & Barrel stores
Why: Cushions made from soy-based poly-foam, hardwood certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council and the back cushions are made from recycled post-consumer fibers.
How much: $1,899
Nice touch: Removable slipcover is machine washable, so as long as you can wash it, you won't ruin it
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Check out TreeHugger's How to Green Your Furniture guide for more tips on going green from the inside (of your home) out, and stay tuned for more guides for buying green interiors, apparel, electronics and much more.