Furniture is made of various chemicals both from the plant and the mineral kingdom such as wood, metals, glass, plant fibers, minerals and from various synthetics. It is mainly the synthetic chemicals that we have to learn to avoid. Not only can the evaporation of certain chemicals be detrimental to health the environmental impact can be considerable. More than a 100,000 chemicals are used in various types of production in the world today, and many of them have not been adequately tested before being put into production. Also it is valid that things that are harmless in a certain quantity can be harmful in connection with other chemicals or in larger amounts.
If we take furniture made of wood as an example, then it is important from an environmental view that the forest has been sustainably cultivated. Furniture marked with the label of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is certainly not made from rain forest timber, but have their origin in sustainably managed forests. Cork is considered to be one of the natural materials that can be considered environmentally friendly, especially when it is made from recycled cork. PVC-floor material is however under no circumstances to be considered a healthy option nor environmentally friendly.
When it is intended to buy furniture for the office it is advisable to buy solid objects that last. As a buyer you have the right to know where the materials the furniture is made of comes from. Upholstery can contain toxins and fake leather can contain PVC. It is not rude to ask questions in stores. In order to change the market, consumers have to start asking questions and making demands. Otherwise nothing will ever change.See gueidelines on hazardous chemicals and synthetic chemicals.
Guðrún Arndís Tryggvadóttir „Húsgögn“, Náttúran.is: Feb. 16, 2012 URL: http://natturan.is/d/2007/06/26/hsggn/ [Skoðað:July 11, 2020]Efni má nota eða vitna í samkvæmt almennum venjum sé heimilda getið með slóð eða fullri tilvitnun hér að ofan.
skrifað: June 26, 2007
breytt: June 13, 2014