Learn how to choose sustainable furniture for your bedroom that is both non-toxic and made from eco-friendly materials – so you won’t have to worry about breathing toxic chemicals while you sleep. Thank you to Avocado for sponsoring this post. I may receive commissions from purchases made through affiliate links in this article. Full Disclosure Let’s face it – when you finally make it into your bedroom at night, you are READY for peace and quiet. You’ve been super-mom, super-employee and super-wife all day long and FINALLY you get to rest! Your bedroom is the sanctuary you’ve been waiting for and as you climb into bed, the last thing you want to worry about is the health and safety of your bedroom furniture, mattress and bedding. You’ll sleep much better knowing that your bedroom furnishings are non-toxic and sustainably made! (There’s lots more to learn about organic mattresses, pillows and bedding on the blog!)
For furniture to be considered sustainable it should be friendly to both people and the planet. This means that it should not be off-gassing toxic chemicals into the air that you are breathing, and the creation of the furniture should not be destructive to the earth either.
Here are some things to look for when purchasing sustainable bedroom furniture:
Back in the day, furniture made from solid wood was a given, but surprisingly, most furniture these days is made from engineered “wood” products like particle board or fiberboard, or from wood laminates or veneers.
These engineered products are made from wood chips or wood fibers and bonded together with chemical resins or glues. Particle board is known to off-gas formaldehyde, which is linked to health problems, so it’s best to steer clear and opt for solid wood furniture whenever possible.
Clearly solid wood furniture is preferred, but often harvesting wood comes at the expense of the planet. So, it’s important to look for furniture made with wood that has been sustainably harvested and preferably FSC®-Certified .
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide. When you see this certification, you can be assured that the wood has been grown, harvested and processed in the most sustainable manner possible.
The paints, stains, varnishes and glues used on furniture are another source of toxic off-gassing that can have a negative impact on the air quality in your bedroom (remember, we want it to be a sanctuary, not an infirmary!)
So, when shopping for bedroom furniture, be sure to inquire about the types of finishes used, and make sure they only use non-toxic, odor-free glues and finishes that have zero-VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
Avocado may be best known for their amazing organic mattresses, but did you know they sell bedroom furniture too?
Avocado’s solid wood furniture is made from sustainably-harvested American timber or reclaimed wood and finished with only non-toxic, odor-free glues and stains that have zero VOCs.
Avocado Natural Wood Collection – made from reclaimed wood – specifically FSC-Certified Douglas fir from California that has been salvaged from buildings constructed 50 to 100 years ago.
Avocado City Bed – an affordable platform bed made from domestically sourced, sustainably harvested American timber with a choice of brown or blond stains.
Avocado Kids Trundle Bed Frame – made from 100% beech — a sustainable hardwood and using only non-toxic, zero-VOC glues, paint, and varnishes.
Avocado is on a mission to make healthy sleep accessible and affordable. They are also committed to maintaining environmentally conscious, ethical and sustainable business practices, for the benefit of both people and the planet.
Avocado has their own FSC® certified California factory, which is powered entirely with renewable energy, is on its way toward a Zero-Waste certification, meaning almost nothing gets thrown away.
Raising the bar even further, Avocado is a certified B Corp, is Climate Neutral Certified and donates 1% of revenues to 1% for the Planet.
What type of sustainable furniture do you have in your bedroom?