Going green in the new year

| by Farah Ahmad
Going green in the new year

It's easy to make 2013 your most sustainable year yet. How about making a New Year's resolution to contribute your part to this planet and re-use some wonderful eco-friendly products around your home? There are plenty of ways to re-use materials without picking up an old piece of furniture from the trash.

How, you may ask? Lucky for you, many manufacturers are now churning out furniture with pre and post- consumer recycled content. Many of these products contribute greatly towards LEED credits in green projects, and more and more designers are finding them valuable. Now the everyday homeowner can bring a piece of this green trend into their home.

Let's take a look at some environmentally sustainable furniture.

Herman Miller's Embody Chair contain 42 percent recycled content, and 95 percent is recyclable! There is no better way to divert waste from the landfill than to use it in the manufacturing of a product that will last you many years. Better yet, the chair is GREENGUARD certified. What is GREENGUARD certification? This label identifies products that contribute to a better indoor air quality (IAQ). Look for GREENGUARD certifications to distinguish products that are more sustainable. GREENGUARD products tend to have lower VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions, contributing to better less indoor air pollution.

Check out Ecowork's Bambora's collection, featuring products made from a rapidly renewable material bamboo. Bamboo is a beautifully textured finish and will bring a warmth to any interior space! Moreover the coating on this piece of furniture is of low VOC.

Knoll's Life Chair is another great addition to your home. This manufacturer is FSC certified (meaning that the wood comes from sustainably managed forests and that environmental stewardship played a great role). The chair features 55-60 percent recycled content. Better yet, the product is created in an ISO 14001 (environmentally managed) facility.

I know what you may be thinking — how much will this cost me? For those of us who need to save up but would like to contribute to a green investment, Ikea offers economical green solutions! With a line of energy efficient appliances, lighting, textiles, and more, you can give less 'green' and 'go green!'

Topics: Certification / LEED, Indoor Air Quality, Interior Design, Sustainable Products

Farah Ahmad

Farah Naz Ahmad was born in New York City and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from The City College of New York. She is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design + Construction. Her career goal is to make an impact on the field of sustainability in design and construction. Her past roles as President of CCNY's American Institute of Architecture Students and as a team leader for the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon have increased her passion for eco-friendly design.

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