10 “Green” Furniture Companies (well, actually 11 :)…..

by Sabina Maier Smith

Good Design constructed with renewable materials – without sacraficing style or color!

~ Domino magazine 2007

ciscobrothers.com Its “Inside Green” collection offers modern, handcrafted upholstered
sofas, chairs and ottomans made of pure, chemical-free latex and sustainabley
harvested wood. Made locally right here in SF!

furnature.com An extensive line of classic sofas and other upholstered pieces, all
available in chemical-free wood finishes and organic fabrics. Plus, crib mattresses
produced from orgainic cotton. Located in Massachusetts.

leeindustries.com The “Natural Lee” package includes furniture with frames constucted
from Sustainable Forestry Initiative wood, armrest padding from reclaimed fibers and
water-based finishes. Located in North Carolina.

palecek.com For more than 30 years, this company has relied only on renewable
natural sources like wicker, rattan, hardwood, grasses and bamboo. Located in
Richmond, CA 🙂

qcollection.com Launched by an interior designer and an environmentalist, this high-
end line boasts well-researched eco-friendly materials, finishes and even
biodegradable textiles! I especially love the case goods, crafted from sustainable
woods. Located in NY.

vivavi.com Find cool, contemporary furniture and accessories by such hot green
designers as Lannone Sanderson, Material Furniture and Mio Culture. Also located in

the following resources are companies which I worked with will managing Eco Design
Resources, a “green” home improvement showroom which used to be located in San
Carlos, CA (it’s now located in Redwood City, CA).

woodshanti.com This SF based, worker owned cooperative builds high quality custom
furniture and cabinetry from responsibly harvested lumber and uses natural finishes.

thewoodenduck.com This Berkeley company specializes in furniture made from
recycled wood. It also imports & restores antiques from Indonesia, Europe and China.

bamboocabinets.com AlterECO creates unique and beautiful custom bamboo cabinets,
made with ecologically responsible materials. Tom, the owner (a super nice guy), even
has birdsong as his cell pone’s ringtone 🙂 AlterECO currently serves only our local San
Francisco Bay Area. They are located in Sausalito.
Sabina Maier Smith

pacificrimwoodworking.com This company hand crafts solid maple furniture from well
managed forests and then finishes them with beeswax and tung oil. My 2 year old sons
each sleep and jump and jump and jump in a Pacific Rim crib on a daily basis… these
puppies are built to last!

whitmcleod.com This company creates hand crafted furniture from reclaimed
materials. Their folding wine barrell chairs are especially cool. They are located just
north of us in Arcata, CA.

Happy sustainable shopping and blessings,


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April 3, 2008


by Kirk Fuller

Pacific Rim Woodworking, Inc http://www.pacificrimwoodworking.com/

Is it Local? Eugene, Oregon and Bozeman, Montana. Sold local in San Francisco, California

Is it Fair trade? sustainable wood frames, pure latex foam and pure wool batting. http://www.ecoterric.com/information/pr-pacific-rim-commitment.html

Is it organic? The company uses Western Maple grown in ecologically managed forests in Washington and Oregon. http://www.pacificrimwoodworking.com/ The wool is grown in Montana and comes from a certified organic sheep farm. http://www.lambandwool.com/

Is it non-toxic? Each bed features a non-toxic, oil-based, hand-rubbed finish — or they can be ordered unfinished.

Is it green? This company strive’s to use every possible board foot of maple, donating the smallest off-fall to local schools and community centers for woodshop projects or low-income families for heat during the winter months. Recycling bins can be found in our offices, lunchroom and shop. Their sawdust is recycled into compost at a local lawn and garden center. They have a strict maintenance schedule for our machinery to minimize replacement needs and often opt to fix a machine rather than replace it. In cases where replacement is necessary, the company states that they scour the secondary markets for the perfect “gently used” tool. Note: Cost of fuel to run mills and farm as well as other transportation issues not available at time of this report.

In conculsion, based on the company’s commitment statement my impression is their approach to

producing furniture products is a noble effort especially in a market that is very competitive.

However I believe that the pricing of the product is so high that it will exclude the mass market that

truly needs these products produced in this manner in order to have a greater impact. Perhaps with

time and greater support pricing will begin to be more affordable.

Try the lists of products that have been third-party certified by Greenguard ( www.greenguard.org), Green Seal ( www.greenseal.org) and Scientific Certification Systems ( http:// www.scscertified.com). Greenguard and SCS deal specifically with air quality, while Green Seal also examines environmental impact. The Sustainable Furniture Council ( www.sustainablefurniturecouncil.com) is an industry partner without independent testing, but its 120 or so members represent a good place to start shopping and asking questions; all of their links are on the council’s site. Some of the better-known names include American Leather, Century, Harden, Lee Industries, Palecek and Room & Board.






Surf for furniture on the search engine TheFindGreen.com.


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