Environmental considerations when purchasing furniture is now imperative. While it often takes more time to source, it also slows down the destruction of our planet. The use of natural and synthetic materials both present problems in their fabrication. Raw materials, such as wood, are being cut down faster than being reforested. Synthetic materials are often made from fossil fuels, which pose serious health risks to our ecosystem. Factory pollution to create many of the materials used contritube to poor air quality.
The solution? Take your time. Research companies if you are purchasing something new or let your legs work as you walk from Upcycle furniture store to store looking for what you need.
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