Sustainable furnishing for a comfortable home

by tine sintermann on March 10, 2021

Show me how you live - and I'll tell you who you are! Because your own home is as individual as a fingerprint. Puristic and tidy with lots of space and few pieces of furniture? Or surrounded by books and accessories in a cozy living cave? Some keep their furnishings for a lifetime. For others, it's part of the dynamics of life to keep rearranging the apartment. No matter what the apartment looks like - it should definitely be furnished in a healthy and sustainable way.

Choosing sutainable products for the home


Pollutant-free, ecological, and certified


One's own "four walls" should be a healthy place of well-being where one can live, love and work. This includes a good room climate, a factor that is not always directly measurable. When furnishing their homes, consumers are increasingly paying attention to sustainability: they choose eco-friendly furniture, preferably made without plastic or toxic additives, such as designer furniture and interior design items from D3CO.



While furnishing: Think about tomorrow!

When buying furniture, you should think carefully:

  • What do I really need, what do I want to purchase?
  • What materials do I want to surround myself with in my everyday life?
  • How long should the furniture last?

In the same way, you should already think about the disposal when buying:

  • Can it still be used in 20 years?
  • What materials is it made of?  With which additives is it treated?
  • Can it be recycled?

It doesn't have to be the next move when you ask yourself these questions. Every time you purchase a new piece of furniture, a home accessory or just the new wall color for the hallway, you should think about it.

 

The following tips will help you to furnish your home sustainably

  • Furnish with reason. Question your consumer behavior. Which furniture really needs to be bought new, and which one can you continue to use?
  • If you buy cheap, you pay twice. This sentence is especially true for furniture. A cheap shelf made of chipboard will probably not survive the next move. A bed made of solid wood will last a lifetime.
  • Why not give your old furniture a new life? Often, a new paint job or upholstery is all that's needed to spruce up old dressers or sofas. If you are handy, you can build completely new furniture from pallets or other waste materials. On the Internet you can find endless possibilities to furnish your apartment DIY.
  • Take care of your old furniture, then it will last longer. Especially leather and wood want to be cared for at regular intervals. Both can be cleaned well with soft soap and a damp cloth. Gentle wood polishes are available on a beeswax basis, for leather it is best to use leather milk. Always look for organic products. 
  • When buying wooden furniture, make sure that the wood comes from sustainably and ecologically managed forests. These are indicated by seals such as FSC and PEFC. Avoid tropical woods altogether. Bamboo, on the other hand, is trendy because it is durable, flexible and robust. In addition, bamboo grows back quickly and hardly needs any treatment.
  • Choose plastic-free materials and natural fibers for upholstery, curtains and carpets, for example cotton and linen, sisal, jute and wool felt. For cotton, the Fairtrade Cotton seal indicates fair trade and organic cultivation; for carpets, the GoodWeave seal.
  • Mattresses in particular should be sustainable and free of harmful substances. Here, too, look for good quality and ecological production methods, they should be sustainably produced, low in pollutants and largely recyclable.
  • When it comes to wall paint, pay attention to the ingredients and the Blue Angel seal. Certified wall paints contain significantly fewer plasticizers, solvents and preservatives and are free of carcinogenic and mutagenic substances and lead. Especially allergy sufferers and families with children should definitely pay attention to a healthy wall paint.