Our furniture consists of many different chemicals both from the plant and mineral kingdom, such as from wood, metals, glass, fibers from plants, minerals and from the various synthetics. It is mainly them that we have to have the eyes open against. Not only can the evaporation of certain chemicals be detrimental to health, but the environmental impact can be immense. More than 100.000 chemicals are used in all kinds of production in the world today. Many have not been investigated enough before they become part of the production process. It is also valid that some chemicals which are harmless in a certain amount, or in connection with other chemicals.

If we take as an example furniture made of wood, then it is important from an environmental standpoint that the forrest has been cultivated in a sustainable manner. Furniture labelled with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label are most certainly not made from rainforest wood, but from sustainable forrests. Cork is considered one of the natural chemicals which are environmentally friendly, especially if it has been recycled from used cork. PVC – vinyl floor materials can however under no circumstances be considered healthy or environmentally friendly.

When buying furniture for the office it is advisable to buy durable and well-made products. As a buyer you have the right to know where the materials in the furniture come from, and how and where they were produced. Note that even the upholstery can contain toxic chemicals and that fake leather can contain PVC. It is not at all rude to ask questions while buying products. In order to change the products put on the market all consumers have to start asking questions and making demands, otherwise nothing will ever change.

June 26, 2007
Guðrún Arndís Tryggvadóttir „Skrifborð“, Náttúran.is: June 26, 2007 URL: http://natturan.is/d/2007/06/26/skrifbor/ [Skoðað:Sept. 25, 2022]
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breytt: June 13, 2014