Crate and Barrel has released a green sofa called the Lockaport, and a matching chair. "For upholstery, this is our first venture into" sustainability, says Heather Turner, product manager assistant with Crate and Barrel in Northbrook, noting that the retailer "hopes to develop more." The frames for the sofa and chair are made from hardwood that's certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council. The seat cushions are filled with a soy-based poly-foam, which uses less petrochemicals than standard foam.
The foam core is then wrapped in fibers made from recycled plastic bottles and the whole thing is wrapped again in cotton ticking (unfortunately it's not organic cotton). Back cushions are made from recycled post-consumer fibers. And the outer fabric covering the sofa and chair is 100 percent cotton that has been treated with a water-based fabric protector. The stain on the furniture's legs is likewise water-based and eco-effective. The Lockport sofa costs $1,999 and the chair costs $1,199.