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MaterialTypeProblemSolution
Solid woodHardwoodUnsustainable logging, teak, mahoganyFSC certification, local woodlots
 SoftwoodUnsustainable loggingFSC certification, local woodlots
Densified woodHard/SoftwoodLow density, durabilityAccoya
PanelsPlywoodUnsustainable logging, high gradingAppleply, Europly, Roseburg, PureBond, Green T
 MDF/agriboardToxic adhesives, unsustainable loggingArreis, Durum, Medite II, Nu Green MR50, UltraStock-Free, Vesta
 ParticleboardToxic adhesives, unsustainable loggingCollinsPine, Boise Evergreen, Encore, Kirei Board, SkyBlend, Tafipan-Evolo, TemStock-Free, Nu Green SOYA
 LightweightToxic adhesives, unsustainable logging, transport costsDendrolight, Kaurit
Veneer Wood/FibreUnsustainable loggingEcho Wood, Plyboo, Teragren Bamboo
Edgebanding ABSPVC edgebandingGreenLineā„¢
PlasticsHDPE, PP, ABS, PSOil-based polymersUse recycled, Ecopixel (IT), Smile Plastics (UK), Yemm & Hart (US)
PVCToxic polymerUse subsitute
MetalsSteelWaste energy, air/water pollutionUse recycled
 AluminumWaste energy, air/water pollutionUse recycled
Surfaces LinoleumN/AForbo
FinishesWater-based acrylicSolvent-based finishesAcrylacq, Acqua Coat, Adler, Fuhr, Kem Aqua, EMTech
 Water-based polyurethaneSolvent-based finishesAcqua Thane, Varathane, Fuhr, EMTech
FabricsCottonPesticidesUse organic, hemp (UK)
 SyntheticsToxic dyes, pigmentsBrentano, Carnegie, Climatex, DesignTex, Tencel
AdhesivesUrea formaldhydeToxicityUse soy-based formulas
PackagingExpanded polystyreneLandfill disposalRecycle (US)
EnergyLightingOld fluorescent tubesUpgrade ballasts/bulbs

The above list of eco-friendly furniture materials and manufacturing supplies consists primarily of North American sources. furniturelink welcomes to the list.

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