Furniture constantly touches our skin and can emit VOCs directly into our breathing zones. These five steps will help you make safer, greener choices.
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We already have plenty to think about when it comes to the environmental and health profile of basic materials like wood and plastics. Complex assembled products like furniture multiply all those considerations.
What’s more, new products come out all the time, and their features can be radically different. And the nuanced interplay of function, aesthetics, ergonomics, and cost already choreographs a delicate dance for designers and specifiers. That's not even mentioning compliance with LEED IEQc4.5: Low-Emitting Materials: Furniture & Furnishings in LEED-CI or LEED for Schools. How do you stay on top of it—and still manage to pull green considerations into the mix?
One way is to step back a bit and think through what are the top green priorities for furniture.
1. Put health first
Desks, chairs, cafeteria tables: these interior products are in regular, close contact with building occupants, so human health has to be the top priority among many green considerations.