Knowing what I know now from my Hippocrates training and years devoted to all things organic and planet saving, it was time to retire my current high end sofa and look specifically at eco friendly and non toxic choices. This was hard! My search led to companies no longer in business, or they stopped making what I wanted. Being of particular taste, I found the task daunting at best. Most of us spend a ton of time on the sofa. Most are filled with fire retardants, toxic glues, stain resistant chemical treatments and foam that out-gas into our environment. As the chemicals break down, it doesn’t get any better. Being the couch sloth that I sometimes am, I wanted to avoid all this.
Some sofas use natural latex rather than foam, and this is brilliant. The seat is super comfy (my bed is made of natural latex) and the stuff lasts forever. Other manufacturers use eco foam, a better choice than the regular high density off gassing variety and then there is the fill, perhaps eco feather and the fabric itself along with any stain inhibiting chemical stew du jour. Below are my findings on a few places you can go to find a more eco friendly choice and with style. I will leave it to you just how far down the rabbit hole you choose to go.
This sofa, the Kardiel Woodrow Mid-Century Modern Box, is both reasonably priced and gorgeous, while doing some things right, such as the hardwoods and mostly natural fabric choice. Did I mention it is drop dead gorgeous and made entirely by hand? Less than half price, truly a bargain. For those with kitties, I LOVE that there is nothing to scratch on the back and arms of this thing! We currently have claw marks all over the back of our leather sectional I paid $6500.00 for.
If you are more into cashmere wool, this Kardiel option, the Jackie, comes in a sofa or sectional
Or perhaps you like it real funky? Check out the Kardiel Cubix Modern
Another place to go shopping is Stem Goods, where they make everything with the reduction of toxins at the forefront. You can get latex cushions here as well as a good choice of natural fabrics. https://www.stemgoods.com/our-story
Yet another cool spot to shop is Eco First Art, where you can find artists who have designed pieces ranging in price and materials as well as styles. There are numerous nods to the MCM designers of the day. http://ecofirstart.com/
West Elm has one eco focused sofa, The Harmony, where the eco-weave fabric, is made from spent plastic bottles. It’s got non-eco foam, but it is super comfy, we sat in it at the store.
We finally ended up at Mitchel Gold + Bob Williams where the company, since inception, has held a focus on sustainable, planet healthy practices with an eye on high design. Oh and the products are made in America. (proudly waving my flag)http://www.mgbwhome.com/
My husband insisted we sit on whatever we were going to buy so rather than taking this online which was my plan, we went local. I wanted latex but I…this is very hard to say… compromised with eco foam and feather. We sat in every sofa and sectional at MGBW and finally chose the Hunter. It will look lovely floating over our terrazzo floor and hopefully be a sink in comfortable as our old sofa.
Good luck in your choices and happy shopping!