Sustainability and Environmental friendly products are today’s trend.

bambooplantsSustainability and Environmental friendly products are today’s trend.

This is my simple 4 step guide to “Thinking Green”

1. Quality and Longevity

2. Transportation and Distance

3. Environmental Impact

4. Social Conscience

Quality and Longevity

People are becoming more and more concerned about their carbon footprint. My suggestion to help curb that footprint is to buy quality as it will last longer. A quality sofa will stand the test of time, sit better, and can be reupholstered when you want a change or you decide to hand it down to your university bound child.


The distance a product travels to get to your home is a key factor when determining “green”. Exotic woods come from exotic places. Furniture from the Far East travels across oceans. By supporting Canadian manufacturers you support local jobs and make the world healthier.

Environmental Impact

Is the product free of harmful pollutants? Are waste products disposed of in an environmentally healthy way? Does the company recycle? Are environmentally friendly materials used in the manufacturing? What about “green energy” in the plant? Corporate leaders are adopting healthier more sustainable operating standards for their companies because the reward is less waste, a better finished product, and often remarkably more profitable.

Social Conscience

Is the want of a particular product harming the ecosystems in the region it comes from? What about working conditions, fair wages and the use of a voluntary labour force. Fair Trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach that aims to help producers in developing countries make better trading conditions and promote sustainability. The movement advocates for higher social and environmental standards, I am sure we can all agree with this approach.

One of the most visible green products on the market today is “Bamboo”. But have you ever wondered how green it is?

Actually, bamboo is a grass, not a wood but it grows quickly and matures in 3 to 7 years. The bamboo fibers are glued together to make it into flooring. Carbonized bamboo is less hard than hard maple, ash or red oak.  As much as 20% of the product is glue and many types of glue contain formaldehyde, a proven health risk. The ability to renew is what gives the bamboo its “green” designation. To meet market demand, major forests are bulldozed, burned, and local biodiversity decimated. To get the bamboo to mature faster pesticides and fertilizers are used further impacting the land and wildlife. We then ship it halfway around the world increasing its carbon footprint. Not so green after all!

Some alternatives to bamboo flooring

Reclaimed Wood flooring could be from a home being torn down, an old commercial building or a barn.

Salvaged Wood is one of the latest trends. Managed forests must remove any tree that has been plagued by insects or beetles to control the infestation. Instead of destroying the wood, it is put into the kiln to be dried at a high heat killing everything. Ambrosia Maple makes beautiful floors and furniture. Logs salvaged from a bog or lake offer a unique story and a great look.

Refinishing your Floors

Bring your old floors back to life using an ecofriendly coating that is VOC free (Volatile Organic Compounds) in the finishing process. This will minimize off-gassing which has become a major air quality concern in our homes.

“Thinking Green” makes

life healthier while helping the environment.