At Homemakers, we care about the environment. Between recycling our own materials and buying eco-friendly furniture for our showroom, we’re working hard to reduce our eco footprint.
Unfortunately in the furniture industry, there’s a lot of cardboard and paper packing materials involved in shipping pieces from the factories to our store. We try to recycle as much of this material as we can, and in 2016 we recycled 567.1 tons of paper and cardboard! To put that in perspective, our recycling and reusing conserved these materials:
- 9,641 trees
- 3,969,711 gallons of water
- 2,325,100 kW hours of electricity
- 1,871 cubic yards of landfill space (the equivalent of 24 shipping containers)
This shattered our record from the year before, and we can’t wait to do it again in 2017! But, recycling and reusing in our company isn’t the only way we’re striving to improve our planet. We’re also empowering furniture shoppers, just like you, to create a sustainable home with our collection of eco-friendly furniture.
Keep reading to discover sustainable and environmentally friendly furniture that you can feel good about bringing home.
Eco-Friendly Furniture from Homemakers
One of the fastest growing plants, bamboo is a smart choice for eco-friendly furniture. Bamboo plants grow to maturity in just 5 years, compared to 70 years for oak trees. This makes it an extremely sustainable material. Bamboo also produces almost 35% more oxygen for the environment compared to equivalent sizes of trees.
At Homemakers, we’re proud to carry bamboo furniture from Greenington. When harvesting, they never use clear cutting and leave the bamboo root systems intact, allowing new bamboo shoots to grow. Greenington also operates on a no waste policy. In their manufacturing process, 100% of the bamboo material is used, even the sawdust!
Reclaimed Wood Furniture
Get an organic look with this eco-friendly material. Reclaimed wood furniture is both green and aesthetically stunning. It gives new life to wood salvaged from barns, warehouses and other sources, adding your home to the next part of its story. We have a wide variety of reclaimed wood furniture, with everything from coffee tables to dining sets.
Constructed of recycled plastics like milk jugs and detergent bottles, our Amish Outdoors polywood is a great example of eco-friendly furniture. It’s also extremely durable, making it the perfect material for outdoor furniture. Polywood won’t warp, fade, crack, split or deteriorate. Plus, you have countless colors to choose from!
Meet the Prius of fireplaces. Electric fireplaces are a fantastic, green heating source. They provide warmth with 100% energy efficiency and give off absolutely no emissions. When using an electric fireplace, you’re also preserving natural resources by reducing wood and fossil fuel consumption.
We carry a wide variety of electric fireplaces from brands like Dimplex, Aspen and Classic Flame. Find the perfect fit for your home from our electric fireplace collection!
Recycled Upholstery and Metal
Wood isn’t the only furniture material that can be reused! There are countless eco-friendly upholsteries made of recycled materials. For example, this multi-colored rug is hand-knotted from recycled sari silk. We also carry Flexsteel NuvoLeather furniture, covered in an eco-friendly performance fabric that is made of recycled leather.
We even have eco-friendly furniture that you can sleep on! You’ll find recycled steel in the springs of our Serta mattresses and the frames of our Glideaway beds. After you’ve chosen the perfect new mattress, we’ll even haul away your old mattress to be recycled at no cost to you!
How Are You Going Green?
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