Eco furniture design – first part

Eco furniture design - first part

When we think about ecology, often the first thought is the environment and its preservation… when we ask ourselves who are these people who take care of ecology, we rarely think about ourselves… maybe this is the time to start asking where we are and what ecology means to us…

Living according to ecological principles is not new, it is not something unknown… it is enough to remember the life of our grandparents and thoughts will become much clearer. We need to return to ecology, it is not an invention of modern times.

When we think of the application of ecology in our homes, we will first think of saving energy or sorting waste. Have we ever thought about ecological furniture? What does he mean?

Furniture can be made of different types of materials, such as wood, chipboard, metal, plastic. Each of these materials has its own impact on the environment. In Croatia, as well as in the entire European Union, most of the furniture on the market is made of chipboard or varnished MDF. Very briefly and succinctly, here we will summarize what scientists have confirmed many times: chipboard contains adhesives that emit formaldehyde, a colorless gas, while lacquer emits organic compounds and heavy metals. These compounds evaporate at room temperature, and in addition to furniture, they are also present in floor coverings, fabrics, and coatings. The side effects of these radiations are rashes, allergic reactions, eye and nose irritations, i.e. a threat to health.

The aim of the production of ecological wooden furniture is to reduce the environmental burden related to the production and use of the product itself. Already in the design, care is taken to ensure that the wood has an FSC certificate that guarantees responsible forest management, the use of hazardous substances is avoided as much as possible, waste in production is reduced to a minimum, raw materials that can be recycled are used, and it is introduced multifunctionality of the product. Ease of cleaning and maintenance, simple assembly and long service life are the characteristics of wooden ecological furniture. Replacing certain parts of the furniture is simple, and the number of elements within the product is minimal.

Ecological furniture, for easier navigation, can be marked with eco-labels that guarantee compliance with certain criteria and standards. The main purpose of signs is to inform customers about a product or service with regard to its overall importance for the environment and individual aspects of the environment, thus facilitating the choice.