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Eco Friendly Furniture – Green Bar Stools Anyone?

Please give a warm welcome to our guest writer, Caroline Smith!   She is a writer, environmentalist and interior design enthusiast.    Please enjoy her article!

Eco Friendly Furniture – Green Bar Stools Anyone?

By Caroline Smith of

barstool_1Green living is all very well when it comes to everyday activities. We all know we should turn off the tap when brushing our teeth, put our groceries in reusable bags and recycle everything we can. Earth friendly cleaning products, organic food and non-toxic toiletries are becoming commonplace in stores. But when it comes to one-off big purchases, such as furniture, it can be difficult to know where to look for green options.

When making any eco friendly purchase, there are always several factors to think about. What is a product made of? Where do the raw materials come from? What is the manufacturer’s attitude to sustainability?

Encouragingly, I’ve recently managed to find three furniture companies that manufacture eco friendly bar stools. So, if you’re looking for some green bar stools for your breakfast bar or games room, read on…

Conventionally made new furniture can be detrimental to indoor air quality as it off-gasses over time. Off-gassing occurs when VOCs are released into the air and has been associated with sick building syndrome. Many conventional adhesives and finishes have high VOC levels and off-gas to some degree. The intensity is greatest in new furniture. Formaldehyde, which can cause skin and eye irritation and breathing issues in some individuals, is often used in new furniture. Therefore, it’s advisable to check before you buy that a product has a non-toxic, zero VOC finish. Look for the Greenguard Certification label. Knoll bar stools are Greenguard certified, which means they are classed as being low-emitting and therefore better for healthy indoor air quality.

Another consideration is the sustainability and lifespan of the materials the bar stools are made from. For example, metal stools made from recycled aluminum drink cans, such as those made by Emeco, are a good green choice. The aluminum has been recycled rather than sent to landfill, plus the stools come with a lifetime guarantee. Emeco even claims the stools are such high quality they will last over 150 years! At least you won’t have to worry about them falling apart after a few years of use.

bar-stoolIf you’re thinking about buying wooden bar stools, look for items that carry the FSC logo. This globally recognized symbol certifies the wood has come from a sustainably managed source. Calligaris is a well-know Italian company that makes bar stools from FSC certified wood.

All of these bar stool manufacturers – Knoll, Emeco and Calligaris – have demonstrated a strong commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. If you want to buy some eco bar stools for your home, you can see a selection of their products at Get Bar Stools.

Please feel free to leave comments as all are welcome! 🙂

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31 Responses to “Eco Friendly Furniture – Green Bar Stools Anyone?”

  1. Says:

    Eco Friendly Furniture – Green Bar Stools Anyone? | Forced Green…

    Conventionally made new furniture can be detrimental to indoor air quality as it off-gasses over time….

  2. Karen Says:

    I had never thought about trying to buy furniture that is green. That is a great idea that the manufacturers are trying to make our world better.

  3. Linda Says:

    Hi Karen … It is and if we are replacing an item in our homes, maybe we will all look towards a green product to purchase.

  4. Lynn Says:

    Wow. a bar stool that will last 150 years? That could become a family heirloom enjoyed by generations.

    Lynns last blog post..I heart Bobby Flay

  5. Shane Says:

    Fabulous info. Too bad restaurants do not go green as well in their furniture selection! Maybe someday…

    Shanes last blog post..Carbon Offset Programs in the US

  6. Leanne Lonergan Says:

    Wow I never realised something like a bar stool could be a hazard to your health.
    An interesting read as always! : )

  7. Linda Says:

    Hi Lynn … I imagine that they will say, they really sat on those back in the day?

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Shane … some of them are really looking at changing to the eco friendly furniture. It may take some time, but it will get there.

  9. Linda Says:

    Hey Leanne! … How the heck are ya! It is amazing how ungreen the stuff we use, even barstools. 🙂

  10. Solo Ad Explosion Says:

    I certainly could use some new barstools for my dining area. I will have to go and look!

    Solo Ad Explosions last blog post..The Keys to Budget-Based Lead Generation

  11. IM Product Niches Says:

    I find it amazing that manufacturers are changing directions and going green. Why have they not done that all along?

    IM Product Nichess last blog post..Amazing Smoothie Recipes

  12. cady Says:

    i’ve never thought to buy green furniture either. that’s something i’ll need to start looking at.

  13. spygrrl Says:

    What a wonderful article. kudos to this guest blogger!

    I would love to get those bar stools. This is for sure the wave of the future— going green with your furniture is such a beautiful step in the green direction.

    thank you

  14. Linda Says:

    Hi Solo … Have fun selecting your new furniture.

    Hi IM … To be honest, it is all about greed. Like how green is your money versus how green is your product.

    Hi Cady … You might be pleasantly surprised.

  15. Linda Says:

    Hi spygrrl … Thank you! back to basics may be the answer.

  16. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Linda,

    Thank you for introducing Caroline to us. This is a fabulous posts on increasing our awareness.

    I like the thought of things (bar stools included) being made with recycled cans. I can’t begin to imagine how many end up in the landfills, even though many states have can recycling programs.

    Barbara Swaffords last blog post..Writing Without A Blog

  17. Diane Scott Says:

    These are really cool! We’ve got a kitchen counter that’s not exactly a kitchen island per se, but it has room for stools. I’ve always wanted to get some and it looks like the height might be right. So when I get done, I’ll head over. Fingers crossed the price(s) are right 🙂

    Diane Scotts last blog post..Turning 18 Is This Serious?

  18. Sen and Qi Says:

    Oh my dayz Rofl. When I strike it rich I have to have some of hose to serve at my non alcoholic juice bar. I am glad to be back visiting you again. I love your blog too much.Oh just to mention by the way Sqip has launched so you better go and put your blog up on the Be the Change site over there so more readers can come and visit you. I am there as Qiwoman in BTC and Biz Space.

    Sen and Qis last blog post..Our Internet was playing up and Other News.

  19. Maureen Says:

    This is a great article Linda. Very helpful to keep this type of thing in mind. Purchases like furniture and other bigger things are not made as often so it’s easy to forget there are good options out there!

    Maureens last blog post..123 Power System: Is 123 Power System For Real?

  20. Sadie Says:

    Those are really neat looking! I really like it when I can find stuff that’s ‘green’ and good looking. It makes it so much easier to buy. 🙂

    Sadies last blog post..Sweet Home Alabama!

  21. wilson Says:

    Oh, Linda. Those green bar stools are so stylish and sophisticated, I don’t mind to buy it and give it to my cousin!

    wilsons last blog post..Eat Less Salted Products, Having a Longer Healthy Lifestyle!

  22. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … There are many cans on the sides of the roads and some of these make it to the recycling programs. Some make it to the furniture companies and new furniture. it is pretty cool!

    Hi Diane … My fingers are crossed! 🙂

  23. Linda Says:

    Hi Qi … Thanks for all of the info, and I need a lending hand from you on the information you have provided.! LOL

  24. Linda Says:

    Hi Maureen … You are correct! Pretty soon, we will all be thinking of any purchases we do, is it green? That would be really great!

    Hi Sadie … You bet it does and lasts a long time!

    Hi Wilson … I am so sure your cousin will take it but why not put it in your place?

  25. mannoy Says:

    hi. thanks for all this info.

    mannoys last blog post..YOU MAY POISON YOURSELF ACCIDENTALLY

  26. Linda Says:

    Hi Mannoy …. you are welcome.

  27. philly5113 Says:

    I learned a lot here. Thanks I now know how to choose eco friendly.

  28. Linda Says:

    Hi Philly … thanks for stopping by and please come back again.

  29. ConnieFoggles Says:

    Never would have considered green furniture. Love learning new ways to help out the environment.

    ConnieFoggless last blog post..Lots Of Giveaways 5/17/09

  30. Linda Says:

    Hi Connie … Hang on as there is more coming about green furniture!

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