Another informative sustainable webinar yesterday
Uh oh. I'm already behind on one of this year's few resolutions. It's been over a week since my last blog post!
Yesterday, again at 1pm was another very informative GreenLeaders class on sustainability, given by the Sustainable Furnishings Council. This session was on "sourcing green products". Wonderful information that buyers need to know about thoughtful purchasing of furniture products and various issues related to each. A few of the topics were:
Certified wood, plantation grown wood, rapid renewables, recycled content, VOC finishes, Bio cushioning, leather tanning as well as shipping and deforestation concerns and organic textiles.
It is quite interesting that in leather (very much like in purchasing wood) purchasing a locally sourced product resolves several of the primary issues/problems associated with it. That is, with the BIG exception of the tanning process that's still a big concern. Bottom line, if you are going to purchase leather, try to make it US leather, rather than the common (and cheap but with MASSIVE issues) Brazilian leather.