We especially don’t want a flimsy coffee table that barely makes it to the second cup, which is why we’d rather stick with long-lasting and non-toxic eco friendly coffee tables. Image by Burrow #ecofriendlycoffeetables #sustainablecoffeetable #sustainablejungle
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We especially don’t want a flimsy coffee table that barely makes it to the second cup, which is why we’d rather stick with long-lasting and non-toxic eco friendly coffee tables. Image by Masaya & Co #ecofriendlycoffeetables #sustainablecoffeetable #sustainablejungle
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We especially don’t want a flimsy coffee table that barely makes it to the second cup, which is why we’d rather stick with long-lasting and non-toxic eco friendly coffee tables. Image by Beyond Vintage Home on Etsy #ecofriendlycoffeetables #sustainablecoffeetable #sustainablejungle
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7 Eco Friendly Coffee Tables: Misplace the Remote, Save the Planet


Who actually puts coffee on a coffee table?

Why we do! 

Of course, that’s in addition to stacks of sustainability books, the occasional bowl of popcorn, and a collection of organic baby toys

Regardless of what goes on them, we’re worried about what goes in them.  

Wood associated with deforestation isn’t a great look for any interior designer. Not to mention we’re hesitant to rest our feet (or coffee) on a table that releases toxins like benzenes, acetaldehyde, hormone disruptors, PFOAs, or formaldehyde. 

We especially don’t want a flimsy coffee table that barely makes it to the second cup, which is why we’d rather stick with long-lasting and non-toxic, eco friendly coffee tables.

Like testing-backed durable tables made of sustainable hardwoods from Burrow, for example:

Female-founded Urban Wood Goods makes wood goods out of good wood (try saying that five times fast!). That means their materials are reclaimed, down to the salvaged metal pipe accents.

Good materials and ethical supply chain practices make a living room even better with a good-looking finish—so we’re thankful Masaya & Co. only uses a low-VOC, water-based poly finish in their gorgeous sustainable coffee tables.

Why would these types of coffee tables make it into our living room? Head to the bottom to see how we decided

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1. URBAN WOOD GOODS

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About Urban Wood Goods

Urban Wood Goods is a female-founded furniture shop that was indirectly inspired by a DIY salvage magazine article. After founder Erin True made a bench for herself, she didn’t stop! 

Urban Wood Goods now produces tables, desks, shelves, and more. 

There are several reclaimed wood coffee tables to choose from, all in different shapes, thicknesses, and sizes.

Urban Wood Goods’ Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Every year, around 30 million tons of wood waste ends up in landfills. Fortunately, some of it ends up in these eco friendly raw coffee tables!

We say ‘raw’ because, while each coffee table is smooth and safe to touch, the reclaimed wood is not over finished. This being said, you can expect to see some warps, textures, and nail holes in the tables.  

Salvaged metal pipe accents and steel (made in the USA) finish out the designs. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Most of the reclaimed old growth lumber comes from salvaged beams, roof boards, and floor joists from the Midwest (close to UWG’s Chicago studio).

A small team of 20 craftspeople transform the wood into 100% American made furniture.

Green business practices: 

To keep shipping emissions down, Urban Wood Goods only ships to the US and Canada. 

Available:  Etsy

2. BURROW

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About Burrow

With Burrow, we can burrow up in a home that’s stylish and sustainable. 

Between eco friendly sofas, chairs, benches, eco friendly rugs, home storage, tables, and more, they’re like the Ikea of the sustainable furniture brands (but obviously way better!).

Their mid-century modern coffee tables are designed to complement their award-winning seating. They also have an eco friendly coffee table with a lift top that features a convenient hidden storage compartment. 

Burrow’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Many of these eco friendly coffee tables are made with sustainably-forested solid hardwood ash, Italian marble, or glass.

Some have a powder-coated steel or a spun steel, electroplated base. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

The wood is sourced from FSC-certified forests near the brand’s Poland factory. 

They specifically write, “Our coffee tables are ethically sourced without the use of child or forced labor. When choosing partners, finding manufacturers who are committed to upholding the highest standard of labor ethics is a primary concern for us.”

Other factories utilized by the brand are located in North Carolina and Vietnam.

Burrow transparently shares how they keep their prices so affordable—namely, by creating modular pieces that are easier to ship and using vertically integrated operations to cut out middlemen.

Green business practices: 

Burrow designs furniture to be used… for a long time. Quality, durability, and a lifetime of use mean fewer furniture replacements. They even have the durability tests to prove it! 

Plus, with tool-less assembly and disassembly, moving your Burrow coffee table from home to home will be a breeze.

Available:  Burrow

3. MASAYA & CO.

We especially don’t want a flimsy coffee table that barely makes it to the second cup, which is why we’d rather stick with long-lasting and non-toxic eco friendly coffee tables. Image by Masaya & Co  #ecofriendlycoffeetables #sustainablecoffeetable #sustainablejungle
Image by Masaya & Co.
About Masaya & Co.

We think end-to-end sustainability will look good in your living room, and so does Masaya & Co. 

From responsibly-sourced materials to ethical manufacturing, they don’t leave any stone unturned when it comes to feel-good furnishing with a modern twist.

This includes their diverse coffee table range. Available in all shapes and styles, some feature shelves, and others are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. 

Masaya & Co.’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Sustainably-harvested Rosita Walnut, Royal Mahogany, and Teak treated with a low-VOC, water-based poly finish creates these modern but eco friendly coffee tables.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Artisan craftsmanship goes into each and every chair and table, all the while supporting more than 250 artisans in Managua, Nicaragua.

These coffee tables bear the following Made Trade ethical badges: fair trade, heritage, sustainable, and vegan.

Green business practices: 

Initially started as a reforestation project, Masaya & Co. got involved in Nicaragua by planting trees to combat clear-cutting and deforestation.

They continue this mission (now with the added step of making beautiful furniture) and plant 100 trees for every purchase. So far, more than one million trees.

The hardwoods used in their pieces are dried using eco friendly solar kilns.

Carbon neutral shipping is free, courtesy of Made Trade. 

Available:  Made Trade

4. WHAT WE MAKE

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About What WE Make

What WE Make is a Chicago-born Etsy shop, also specializing in handmade, American furniture. 

You’ll also find their signature “natural-industrial” aesthetic in their coffee tables, of which they have a very impressive selection—some round, some rectangular, some with shelves, all stunning and functional in any home. 

We’re not the only ones oohing and aahing over their tables, chairs, desks, and vanities; they are one of Etsy’s featured shops.

What WE Make’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

These eco friendly coffee tables are made with either reclaimed wood or sustainable hardwood (specifically walnut and white oak sourced in the midwest).

Their plant-based finish is made with flaxseed oil. It’s non-toxic and VOC-free, meaning no chemical off-gassing! 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

The reclaimed wood comes from barns in Kentucky and Tennessee and features all of the uniqueness of these storied woods, such as nail holes, splits, and weathering. 

Brothers Dan and George Quinn handmake many of the pieces themselves. 

Green business practices: 

WWM does what they can to not send anything to landfills. Their cut-off materials are donated to local hobbyists and their sawdust is sent to local farms. 

Available:  Etsy

5. GREENINGTON

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Image by Greenington
About Greenington

Greenington is a sustainable furniture brand that has a bit of an obsession: Moso Bamboo.

This sustainable material is combined with fair trade practices to make tables, bed frames, chairs, dressers, desks, and coffee tables. 

When it comes to the latter, several different shapes, styles, and colors are available. The Rhody Lift Top storage coffee table lifts into a table to reveal hidden interior storage. 

Greenington’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

A quick look through Greenington’s furniture range might have you thinking they use several different materials, but it’s really just 100% Moso bamboo—either in strips or strands.

The different Caramelized, Amber, Ruby, Exotic, and Tiger colors are not simply surface stains. Thanks to a hydraulic press and an innovative caramelization process, a combination of heat, steam, and pressure transform the solid bamboo material into the array of colors.

All are CARB-2 certified and low-VOC. Very low levels of formaldehyde (well below the European and US standard requirements) are found in the adhesives.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Chinese artisans are responsible for these bamboo coffee tables. They work in ISO 9001 certified factories and are paid fair wages.

Green business practices: 

Bamboo is an excellent wood for furniture because it reaches maturity quickly (just 5 years) and can absorb more carbon dioxide than a similar amount of trees.

The heat used to transform Moso bamboo into a beautiful color is generated through clean and energy-efficient sources and all sawdust gets recycled into other bamboo products.

Available:  Lumens | Greenington

6. SIMBLY

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Image by Simbly
About Simbly

When you combine Simple + Assembly you get Simbly, a top sustainable furniture brand that bridges minimalist, modern design with maximum function. 

All of the company’s desks, benches, dining room tables, bedroom furniture, and sustainable coffee tables have been carefully constructed to serve multiple functions. 

In no time at all, you can have an easily-assembled place to rest your feet or vegan charcuterie board. 

Simbly’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

ApplePly is the apple of Simbly’s eye. ApplePly is a FSC-certified hardwood plywood made in Oregon.

While plywood can be problematic, theirs isn’t. It’s made using formaldehyde-free and soy-based glues. This makes it stronger and safer—especially when combined with food-grade finishes that meet or exceed LEED and CARB standards. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

The USA-made furniture is produced in Henderson, North Carolina, just down the street from Asheville.

In addition to the local, family-owned factory, Simbly strives to boost their local economy by working with other Appalachian suppliers. 

Green business practices: 

As a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, Simbly sets a green example, as outlined in their Beyond Sustainability report.

By choosing a factory local to their HQ and using efficient truck packing for shipping, they cut shipping emissions at both production and fulfillment stages. 

They also use vegetable inks and recycled cardboard for their packaging, and are on their way to becoming the world’s first climate-positive furniture company.

Available:  Simbly

7. ETSY

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Image by Cali Vintage USA on Etsy
About Etsy

Want something that likely won’t be found in many other homes AND prevent the making of something new?

Etsy is an excellent place for unique, vintage coffee tables

It’s really a win-win, for you, for our planet, for a small Etsy seller, and for your living room!

If you’re interested in something a bit more 21st century, reclaimed wood coffee tables make old materials feel new again. 

PS: Looking for eco friendly coffee table decor? 

Sure, you can find something from a sustainable home decor brand OR you can find all sorts of neat things from Etsy’s endless array of small makers and artists.

Etsy’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Vintage pieces and reclaimed wood mean no new materials are sourced and processed.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Etsy shops are often owned by individuals or small businesses, so you’re supporting small-scale production (or vintage sourcing), as opposed to mass-production. 

This leaves you with a unique, sustainable coffee table and our planet with less manufacturing impact! 

Green business practices: 

Etsy is 100% powered by renewable energy, and offers carbon neutral shipping. 

Available:  Etsy

HOW WE FOUND THESE ECO FRIENDLY COFFEE TABLES

We didn’t want to leave any glass rings on the planet, so here’s what we considered to find these eco friendly coffee tables. 

Materials: 

Wood is the go-to material for a coffee table, which is why we prioritized brands that use reclaimed wood.

Virgin wood isn’t necessarily bad, but sourcing really matters. In these cases, we look for sustainable harvesting practices (ideally certified by the FSC) and brands that don’t use endangered woods that are known to lead to deforestation (rosewood, for example).

Alternatively, Moso bamboo is a fantastic virgin material choice, as it grows rapidly, can be harvested without harming hungry pandas, and can be treated in a way to make it appear in different colors.

Low-VOC, VOC-free, and plant/water-based finishes were the creme de la coffee table on these sustainable materials. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Since many of these brands are small, we saw lots of small-scale production (often in one workshop). This also means few emissions as things aren’t getting shipped from far away.

Even larger brands were transparent about who makes their goods and how they are protected.

Green business practices:

Put your feet up and relax, thinking about how your coffee table might mean trees planted, carbon-neutral shipping, and practices to cut down or reuse waste.

Bumping your shin on the corner is far less painful when practices like these are involved!


FINAL THOUGHTS ON ECO FRIENDLY COFFEE TABLES

A coffee table is one of the most ubiquitous pieces of furniture in a home. 

It’s a place where take-out food can get cold while you binge-watch your favorite zero waste documentary series, where wine glasses can be rested on a first date, and where the remote ALWAYS escapes from.

It can also be associated with a lot of global good through sustainably sourced materials and ethical supply chain practices. 

If you’re in need of a coffee table and want to consume more consciously, consider checking out your favorite thrift stores or secondhand shops first. If none of those are your cup of tea (er, coffee), these eco friendly coffee table brands might just be.

Similarly, give a friend or family member the BEST eco friendly housewarming gift by sharing this article with them.  


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