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9 Eco Friendly Sofas & Couches For The Perfect Sustainable Staycation

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2020: Year of the Couch.

Between Zoom meetings and Netflix binges, I think it’s safe to say that we’ve spent more time on our sofas this year than ever before. And while there are obvious reasons to stay put on that couch, there are other reasons that suggest we should jump right off!

Not to cause panic, but between flame retardants and a plethora of toxins associated with polyurethane foam, many of us are lounging about on piles of chemicals that are bad for our health and that of the planet’s. 

Before you relegate yourself to sitting on the floor, know that being eco-conscious and comfortable are not mutually exclusive. Let us share a few of our favorite eco friendly sofas that will have you feeling better about that GoT binge. As always, you can head to the end to see how we picked these brands. 

Before you dim the lights, draw the linen curtains, recline, and get stuck into that full-length feature, here’s a sneak peak of some fave sustainable sofa picks: 

Floyd has potentially the most sustainable customizable sofa on the market made of top grade birch or pine wood. While Burrow’s recycled and upcycled sectional couches, love seats and sofa beds are perfect for…well, burrowing. Etsy is the go-to platform for giving second hand sofas a second life, from upscale to low key repurposing, the options are endless. 

1. ETSY UPCYCLED FURNITURE

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About Etsy Upcycled Furniture

Etsy does it all. They’re the ethical global marketplace that gives small brands a loudspeaker, uses carbon-offset shipping, and was even a B-Corp in their early days. 

Etsy isn’t just one of our favorite places to find great zero waste beauty products and support Black-owned art and jewelry shops, they also happen to be one of the best places to look for a sustainable sofa. Not only will you find a huge range of unique pieces, but a large percentage of those are made from upcycled and repurposed materials. 

For starters, we’d recommend checking out Sustainable Salvage. They’re relatively new to Etsy but have found a great way to repurpose one type of waste we’re all responsible for—coffee sacks. Turns out your morning cup of joe produces a great eco friendly fabric for sofas!

Another creative re-purposer is Aikin Innovations, who’ve transformed old baby cribs into loveseats. 

For an upscale upcycled eco friendly sofa that’s as unique as you are, we also love the bespoke vintage vibe of Jane Hall Design’s recycled upholstered chairs and settees.

Etsy Upcycled Furniture’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

As you can see from some of the materials mentioned above, the innovative materials used by Etsy shops are just as unique and creative as the two million sellers are. 

When looking for sustainable sofa furniture, check for reclaimed or salvaged wood, upcycled fabrics, and sustainable sofa filling (like organic latex).

Supply chain & labor practices: 

One of the best things about Etsy is that it allows us to connect with the people who make the products we purchase. In most cases, the sellers are up-front about their sourcing and production practices, but there’s always an opportunity to directly connect with them to ask any additional questions. 

With these small-scale operations, we’re also cutting out middlemen and helping to promote smaller supply chains that have a greater transparency and less opportunity of human rights abuses.

Green business practices: 

When you’re looking into recycled, upcycled, or reclaimed furniture, you’re already preventing a couch or sofa from ending up in a landfill.  

Not only that, but with Etsy, you can easily find a seller located locally (or at least in your country) so you can minimize shipping emissions. 

Even better, most sellers welcome custom made-to-order options, which help reduce your costs and prevent excess stock / material that would normally go to waste. Those that don’t still tend to make in small batches.

Community & charitable giving: 

Etsy as whole does not provide any charitable contributions, but many of its sellers do. In fact, they even have a Donate to Charity section where a certain portion of the seller’s proceeds will be donated to the charity of their choice.

Available:  Etsy Upcycled Furniture


2. FLOYD

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About Floyd

Floyd is responsible for “the world’s most take-apart-able Sofa.” If you’re looking for a sustainable modular couch, you can’t get any more modular than this. 

They keep it simple, too. When you head to their website, you’ll see things like: The Shelf, The Bed, The Chaise, and The Sofa. While a seemingly small selection at first glance, they more than make up for it with customizable options. 

In fact, we haven’t found a more sustainable customizable sectional sofa.  The sofas are available in two-seater, three-seater, and three-seater + chaise options, all in a range of colors.

Floyd’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Starting from the bottom, the legs are powder-coated steel, which is the world’s most recyclable material

Then, you’re able to choose from either an all-natural, top-grade birch plywood or an upholstered frame atop radiata pine plywood. Both are TSCA Title VI and CARB-2 certified free of formaldehyde.

The stain-resistant exterior fabric is 95% polyester and 5% nylon. While these aren’t our favorite fabrics, we can respect the fact that they’ve been thoughtfully chosen for their durability. 

Beneath that is polyurethane foam, which is also derived from oil but requires less chemicals than others in its production process.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Floyd designs all of their products in Michigan and works with factories around the United States. That means these are 100% made in the USA sustainable sofas.

Green business practices: 

We’ll let Floyd speak for itself here:

“Floyd began because we were tired of disposable furniture. So we set out to design products of lasting quality for how people live today. Furniture should be made for the home not the landfill. Made with materials that last. It’s a different way of making furniture. We call it furniture for keeping.”

Available:  Floyd


3. BURROW

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About Burrow

Started by friends Stephen and Kabeer, Burrow is committed to “building clever, comfortable furniture for your life and living room.” They do so by minimizing the steps in their supply chain, sourcing durable and sustainably-sourced materials, and using thoughtful designs that would create couches perfect for those multi-hour Netflix binges. 

Going well beyond the offering of a single sustainable couch, Burrow has a range of comfy and eco friendly seating that you’ll surely want to burrow into. Their selections include customizable sofas, loveseats, sectionals, and even sustainable sofa beds.

If that doesn’t charge your excitement, these couches will at least charge your devices, because they come with a stealthily built-in USB charger & 72” power cord.

Burrow’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Aside from a Baltic Birch frame and steel hardware, Burrow sofas come with choices. First of all, you can choose plated steel legs (which are recyclable) or sustainable wooden legs sourced from responsibly managed American forests. 

You then get to choose which fabric you want for the upholstery. Upcycled olefin is the best choice. While olefin is actually polypropylene, theirs is created from upcycled polymers and is responsible for less waste than other fabrics. Not only is it recycled in this case, but it’s also processed with no chemical additives and is free of PFCs. Its tight weave olefin is inherently resistant to scratches and stains.

If you’re into velvet, you can get an eco friendly couch topped with performance velvet—which is admittedly not-so-sustainable, but in this case, is designed to last. 

They also have an ethical leather range that has been sourced through partnerships with the agricultural industry. While it certainly isn’t vegan friendly, it is made from hides that have been diverted from the meat industry (a good way to prevent waste) and processed using recycled water. 

With Burrow, your comfort won’t compromise the planet. Their foam cushions are made with minimal VOCs, and 100% free of ozone depleters, heavy metals, flame retardants, phthalates, and formaldehyde.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Burrow is about transparent pricing. They highlight how they compare to average industry prices, and how they make their products more affordable (i.e. shipping, design, testing). 

We don’t know much about their workers (we’ll be reaching out), but we do know that they have a workshop in North Carolina, import their leather from Italy, source handcrafted pillows from India, and use artisans in Poland to make their furniture.

Green business practices: 

All of Burrow’s wood suppliers are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, as well as the American Tree Farm System and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, which ensures that responsible land management strategies are used. 

Importantly, they are built to be “durable enough for everyday drama”. Aside from choosing durable fabrics and wooden legs, the Baltic Birch frame is warp resistant and everything is held together using galvanized steel pins and latches. These sofas are sure to last… even if your kiddos treat them like a trampoline.

Available:  Burrow


4. MADE TRADE

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About Made Trade

Made Trade is a woman-owned and family-operated collection of all things ethical and sustainable. They set strict standards in terms of ethics and the environment and then welcome independent makers and artisans from around the globe to their platform. 

Ethical furniture is one of Made Trade’s many fortes. In fact, if you’re looking for the best sustainable sofa companies, you’ll find what you’re looking for on Made Trade (considering they only sell the best of the best).

Speaking of which, we’ve fallen in love with the floating loveseats from Made Trade’s solo sofa specialist, Masaya & Co. They’re minimalist yet multi-purpose in design with built-in end tables, not to mention that any one of the three versatile color options would match your existing home decor.

Made Trade’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Masaya & Co. uses sustainably harvested hardwood for the frame, a low-VOC natural oil finish, and hand-made Sunbrella® fabric for the upholstery. 

Sunbrella® is unfortunately acrylic-based—meaning that it’s a synthetic fabric made from plastic similar to polyester. However, it’s designed to last, is water and stain repellent, and produced in a way that minimizes energy and water waste.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Made Trade has seven core values: fair trade, heritage, made in the USA, people-of-color-owned, sustainable, vegan, and woman-owned—and every single one of the products on their platform has to meet at least one of these values. 

In Masaya & Co.’s case, their products are fair trade, heritage, sustainable, and vegan (pssst, if you’re looking for a vegan sustainable couch, this could be it!). Plus, you can see where their couches have been produced (Nicaragua) along with the rest of the product information.

Green business practices: 

Not only does Masaya & Co. source sustainably harvested Teak, Rosita Walnut, and Royal Mahogany, but they also dry them in solar-powered kilns and plant 100 (no we didn’t accidentally add a couple of extra zeros there) trees for every sofa sold!

You can feel even better about your purchase because Made Trade is carbon neutral and offsets all shipping through Carbon Credit Capital.

Community & charitable giving: 

Made Trade joins our list of favorite brands as a contributing member of 1% for the Planet.

Available:  Made Trade


5. ABC HOME

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About ABC Home

We’ll let ABC Home take it from here:

“We aim to serve by manifesting a shift in the retail paradigm, one in which beauty, experience, and magic are composed onto a revolutionary platform of cause-related products that guide creative expression, celebrate individuality, and cultivate sacred space.”

Sounds like everything you’d want from an eco friendly couch brand, doesn’t it? Good thing they can satisfy any new-house need with their eco friendly sleeper sofa, eco friendly leather sofa, and much more.

ABC Home’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

When you look at ABC Home’s extensive range of sofas, you’ll see materials like cotton velvet, cotton, linen, leather, and Sunbrella performance fabric (which isn’t eco friendly but prioritizes durability for use in outdoor furniture). Happily, their website allows you to search for specific materials so you can be sure to choose the most eco friendly. 

These fabrics are combined with sustainable Goodwood frames and recycled metal legs. They also cover cushions made of foam core or recycled fibers, supplemented with organic feathers or Responsible Down Standard down.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Social issues are as important as sustainability for ABC Home. They support fair labor and makers around the globe who create furniture by hand using artisanal traditions they hope to preserve.

Green business practices: 

In addition to being handcrafted, the products sold by ABC Home are designed to endure the rigors of daily life; they don’t deal in disposables.

Community & charitable giving: 

ABC Home shares how they value digital inclusion (i.e. through their AudioEye Certification), and they also have their very own charitable foundation. 

The ABC Home and Planet Foundation is committed to building a better world through supporting global and local causes. Some of their past and current partners include Mercy Corps, V-Day, and the Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary.

Available:  ABC Home


6. VIVATERRA

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About VivaTerra

VivaTerra translates to “living earth,” and it’s clear to see that the brand wants to keep this planet alive. The Virginia-based company does so by offering a collection of sustainable furniture that combines global inspiration with natural materials and modern design. 

In addition to nearly anything you could need for your home, VivaTerra’s got an impressive selection of environmentally friendly couches (like the modern eco friendly sofa pictured above). Whether you’re looking for a sectional or a sofa, you can rest easy (literally) knowing that VivaTerra has the right type of seating for you. 

Rest even easier knowing VivaTerra is a Good Trade partner, so they’ve gone under the ethical microscope and gotten the Good Trade seal of approval.

VivaTerra’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

First the filling, because we’re filled to the brim with good news on this one.  VivaTerra combines renewable, soy-based BiOH polyol core with a regenerated fiber fill made from recycled plastic bottles. 

This can be topped with an eco-friendly linen or another of the many fabrics from Lee Industries—including cotton, a cotton-viscose blend, a polyester-linen blend, jute, acrylic, modal, to name just a few. In order to get the most sustainable sofa, be sure to choose natural or recycled fabrics, like jute, cotton, linen, and modal. These fabrics are dyed using chemical-free dyes.

The sofa is mounted on a Sustainable Forestry Initiative compliant frame, which is also durable, eco-friendly, and finished with natural lemon oil.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

The couches sold by VivaTerra are handmade in the USA by talented crafters, carpenters, and artisans. Made-in-the-USA is but one of many different ethical and sustainable labels you can shop on their site.

As for their many other home furnishings, these are sourced globally from mostly Fair Trade partners in over 20 countries. If you’re wondering where a specific piece comes from, just read the product description.

Lastly, we like what VivaTerra has to say about ethical manufacturing: “We believe that ethical and sustainable conduct should be prioritized—not sacrificed—in an effort to achieve our goals. We are always concerned with the who, what, where and how surrounding our products.”  There’s a sentiment we’ll raise our footrests to.

Green business practices: 

Buying a sofa made in the USA means a reduction of transportation emissions. VivaTerra also partners with TerraPass which allows customers to select “climate-friendly shipping” and pay an additional $1 at checkout to offset their carbon emissions.

Available:  VivaTerra


7. SABAI

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About Sabai

We love Sabai for their conscious furnishings that turn an apartment into a home. Sabai’s mission is simple, yet impactful. They want to design furniture that keeps costs low for customers and the planet. 

Sabai takes the cake for the best affordable sustainable sofa. Their Essential Sofa is customizable and super easy to assemble. They’ve also got an eco friendly sectional sofa that comes with a convertible chaise. 

Being customizable means all products are made-to-order, but even so you’ll only need to allow about two weeks for manufacturing. Once it arrives, they promise you’ll be able to assemble it in under 10 minutes (sans tools).

Sabai’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Sabai raises the b-armrest(?) pretty high with the materials they use. All of their sofas are customizable in not only what color they are, but also what fabrics are used. 

If you’re dreaming of a sustainable eco friendly velvet couch, you can choose OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and Global Recycling Standard (GRS) certified recycled velvet (made from 100% recycled water bottles). 

If velvet isn’t your jam, you can choose 100% upcycled Greenguard Gold-certified .olefin polyester.

Both fabrics are scratch-proof and stain-resistant (and obviously designed to last). They sit atop FSC certified wood frames (adhered with VOC-free water-based glue, of course) and CertiPur certified foam cushions (made without all of the nasty toxic chemicals usually found in foam). 

Even the pillows feature recycled fiberfill stuffing.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Sabai works with ethical production partners that are based in High Point, North Carolina (three cheers for USA sustainable furniture sofa!).

Green business practices: 

Sustainability is important to Sabai, they use 100% recycled boxes for packaging, zero plastic, and suggest that you give your couch leg bags a second life as produce bags.

They also offset all shipping emissions, manufacture very near their distribution center to further cut back on emissions, and are hoping to introduce repair-don’t-replace and buy back program programs in the future.

Available:  Etsy


8. MEDLEY

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About Medley

Medley—and the two brothers who founded it—have some pretty good advice: “Your home is your cozy little nook of the universe. Whatever you bring into it better be made of good stuff.” Using premium materials, high standards, and old school techniques, they help us do exactly that. 

Looking for a sectional sustainable sofa? They’ve got that. Looking for an eco friendly sleeper sofa with a chaise lounger design? They’ve got that, too. They might not be the most affordable eco friendly sofa, but their extensive range and level of quality simply can’t be beat. 

They also have a Tailored to Your Space service, which is perfect for living in apartments and urban dwellings. Basically, they can custom make anything to fit whatever space you have available, which is a rather unique offering.

Medley’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Unlike most other eco friendly sofa brands, the couches from Medley start out with solid wood (not plywood). They only use USA-sourced and FSC-certified kiln-dried alder hardwood for their frames. The wood is finished with natural furniture polish made from just three ingredients—beeswax, carnauba wax, and olive oil.  

Customers have two environmentally sound choices for foam: CertiPUR certified foam or GOLS certified organic natural latex. They also use natural OEKO-TEX eco wool as a comfy filling because it outperforms synthetic materials and is great for fire safety. 

Medley lines all of their fabrics with GOTS certified organic cotton. When they use synthetics (like polyester, recycled polyester, and polypropylene), they use those that have been certified by OEKO or Greenguard Gold and are free of azo dyes, ozone depleters, heavy metals, carcinogens, and anything else you wouldn’t want to welcome into your home. 

As for the cushioning underneath, choose between Global Organic Latex Standard certified organic latex or, if you’re allergic to latex, CertiPUR-US®-certified foam (the cleanest foam on the market).

Supply chain & labor practices: 

When you see a Medley couch, you’re taking a peek into the past. They use their Los Angeles-based workshop to go back to the crafting practices of 150 years ago—before mass production and before mystery chemicals. 

Working with American artisans means “hand to home craftsmanship”  and a combined 170 years of production experience from the Medley team.

Green business practices: 

Because everything is manufactured in the US, carbon emissions from shipping are kept at a minimum. They also take a tailor-made approach to minimize waste and allow their customers to get exactly what they want. Which means each piece takes 4-6 weeks to create, but they promise you’ll love it by offering a 100-day free trial period.

Available:  Medley


9. WEST ELM SUSTAINABLY SOURCED COLLECTION

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About West Elm Sustainably Sourced Collection

If the fact that West Elm is housed under the Pottery Barn conglomerate makes you nervous about their commitment to sustainably, quell those concerns. West Elm may be a big brand, but they are trying to reduce their impact, and have been making big strides toward that end over the last few years. 

As a whole, the brand still looks much like a generic furniture brand using toxic and unsustainable materials, that is until you see their Sustainably Sourced Collection. They’ve sourced better materials (including organic cotton bedding and towels) and invested more than $200 million in local artisans. 

In this collection, you’ll see a range of sofas, sectionals, and chaises (including what appears to potentially be the most comfortable eco friendly sofa!).

West Elm’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Here’s what you can expect to find in West Elm’s more eco friendly sofas: fabrics like eco weave (made from recycled plastic bottles), canvas (made from 100% cotton), animal leather, vegan leather (which is unfortunately made from 100% nylon) and pure cotton. Most of these are GREENGUARD Gold or OEKO-Tex 100 certified. 

These fabrics are stuffed with a mixture of polyester fibers, duck feather, and duck down. They’re also combined with reclaimed or FSC-certified wood frames that have been treated with low-VOC finishes.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

If you’re someone who likes to “shop your values,” you’ll love their website. You can choose from drop-down menus to find Fair Trade, Organic, Handcrafted, Locally Made, or Low Emissions sustainable sofas. 60% of all West Elm products support at least one of these sustainability initiatives.

First and foremost, this brand works with local American craftspeople through the launch of West Elm LOCAL’s in-house designing and investment in small American-made businesses.  

West Elm also works with 15 Fair Trade factories, which support more than 13,000 workers and their families by paying fair wages and extra perks through Fair Trade premium funding.

Green business practices: 

They partnered with the Better Cotton Initiative which helps to train farmers in organic practices. Through this initiative, they’ve helped more than 1,500 farmers make the switch to organic. This has allowed them to save more than 1.5 billion liters of water and 2.1 million kwH of energy at the sourcing level.

Community & charitable giving: 

Over the past 15 years, West Elm has partnered with several charities and donated more than $50 million dollars. Some of these partners include St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Vision Spring, HERproject, ASPCA, Nest, and the Human Rights Campaign.  

Available:  West Elm


WHY CHOOSE ECO FRIENDLY SOFAS AND COUCHES

One of the most dangerous aspects of the furniture industry is that it is responsible for products that are quite literally dangerous to our health. Furniture finishes and fabrics can contain tons of chemicals formaldehyde, neurotoxins, carcinogens, and even heavy metals.

The same can be said of lots of homewares, which is why items like eco friendly bedding, pillows, and even curtains should be considered carefully. 

Even the foam of couch cushions and mattresses contains dangerous chemicals known to cause nerve damage, especially if they contain PVC.

All this contributes to “Sick Building Syndrome” and indoor air pollution, which the EPA actually maintains is worse than outdoor air pollution. An air purifying apartment garden is probably sounding pretty good right about now. All this can lead to chronic illness and severe health issues.

If those chemicals aren’t good for us, they’re not good for the planet either. Beyond that, however, the furniture industry is making our earth look like something straight from Hoarders. The California Integrated Waste Management Board estimates about 28% of the solid waste stream is furniture alone.

Most “build-it-yourself” box furniture and futons from the likes of Walmart and Ikea are cheaply made and designed to die. Sure they may satisfy an immediate seating need, but when the moving trucks arrive, they probably won’t make the cut. And Amazon may offer free shipping but the environmental cost of lugging these heavy, made-in-China pieces is far far higher.

Speaking of cutting, many furniture pieces (including couch frames) are wood, but not the sustainably sourced kind. Instead, it’s wood that encourages illegal logging, rainforest deforestation (since many desirable hardwoods grow there), and eventually biodiversity loss.


HOW WE FOUND THESE SUSTAINABLE SOFAS & COUCHES

When it comes to eco friendly furniture, sofa considerations are of utmost importance. Unfortunately, sofas and couches are a little more complex than other types of furniture. Their sustainability is mostly connected to what they’re made with (or in our case, what they steer clear of). 

That said, your average sofa contains a lot of different materials —much like mattresses, in fact. Most of these are pretty abysmal from an environmental and health standpoint. 

Materials:

When looking for sustainable sofas, we first looked for materials and fabrics that were free of things like flame retardants, formaldehyde, and heavy metals. We also opted for eco friendly couches with low-VOCs. Those toxins are some of the most concerning, because you can’t keep the planet safe if you and your family aren’t. 

Beyond that, the same sustainable materials that have made it into sustainable and ethical fashion were also prioritized. These include natural materials like cotton and organic cotton, responsibly sourced down, linen, jute, and modal. We were also down to be a couch potato if it was made from recycled materials like polyester. 

For the filling, it was great to see that some brands are using alternatives to traditional foam, like CertiPur certified foam, natural organic latex, recycled polyester filling, eco wool, and responsibly-sourced down. Since foam isn’t easy to entirely escape, any brands that did use foam, we ensured it was PVC-free.

Lastly, sustainably harvested wood frames were important to us, and we were happy to see that it was important to most of these brands, too. 

Supply chain and labor practices:

Overall, a lot of these brands had relatively small supply chains, which made it easier for them to ensure that their workers were supported. 

Even better, many of these brands are located in the USA, and so are their factories. Not only is this better for workers (the US has labor standards that are higher than in other countries, though we still need to assess them with proper scrutiny), but it’s also better from an emissions standpoint, too, since it means less shipping back and forth at the manufacturing level. 

Green business practices:

Going beyond sustainable materials, we were happy to see that many of these sofas were handcrafted (less reliance on machinery = less energy consumption). We were also happy that some of these brands used carbon offsets and recycled/recyclable packaging. 

More than anything, however, we looked for brands that made sofas designed to stand the test of time. The longer your sofa lasts, the greener it is.

Community & charitable giving:

While it isn’t possible for all of these brands to donate their money or time, we’re happy to see that some of them are doing exactly that.


FINAL THOUGHTS ON SUSTAINABLE SOFAS & COUCHES

Whether you’re looking for an affordable sustainable sofa or a high end reclining couch, we hope this list inspires you to green up your living space. 

These brands are reason enough to jump for joy on our cushions because they’re paving the way for a sustainable furniture future. Don’t get us wrong, there’s still a lot of (living) room for improvement, but we’ve come a long way. 

And before you plop down on your (probably) less than sustainable faux leather sofa to research eco friendly couches, use this list as a friendly reminder and only replace your current sofa when it needs to be. Also consider checking out an online thrift store and giving a second hand couch a second life.

Now, we’d love to hear from you…where are you sitting right now?! If you’ve got sustainable sofa suggestions, let us know about them in the comments.


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