Our furniture is made from various compounds both from the plant and mineral kingdom, such as wood, metal, glass, plant fiber, minerals and synthetics. It is mainly the synthetic chemicals that we have to oppose. Not only can the off-gassing  of certain chemicals such as formaldehyde be harmful, but can also impact the environment in other devastating ways.

More than 100,000 chemicals are used in all kinds of production in the world today and many have not been tested or investigated with regard to health, environment, etc.  What can be harmless in small quantities can become harmful in abundance or as part of compounds containing other chemicals.

If the kitchen table is taken as an example, it is important to note whether the wood is derived from a sustainably cultivated forest. Cabinets which are labelled by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) are definitely not made from rainforest wood but are derived from sustainable forests.

Cork is one of the materials onsidered environmentally friendly, especially if it is recycled. PVC-flooring material can under no circumstances be considered healthy or environmentally friendly.

The  environmental friendliness of the home and workplace is a large issue. Health matters and environmental issues related to environmentally friendly building practices and design are approached widely on nature.is in many different contexts.

Oct. 28, 2011
Guðrún Arndís Tryggvadóttir „Eldhúsborð“, Náttúran.is: Oct. 28, 2011 URL: http://www.nature.is/d/2007/06/22/eldhsbor/ [Skoðað:Feb. 22, 2024]
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