Sustainably-minded furniture brand, Swyft, will be completely offsetting the carbon footprint of purchases made across their site.
How will Swyft offset your carbon footprint this Black Friday?
Swyft has teamed up with Ecologi, who offer transparent packages that invest in carbon reduction projects to offset the carbon footprint of your furniture purchases.
The manufacturing of a footstool produces around 17kg of carbon, an item from Swyft’s furniture collection produces around 25kg of carbon, and a sofa typically 90kg of carbon. We’re offsetting twice the typical amount per product (34kg a footstool, 50kg for furniture and 200kg per sofa).
There are plenty of carbon solutions out there that need support. As Ecologi states on their website, the climate crisis is preventable. It’s up to us to figure out a way to solve it. They aim to do this in two ways:
1. Tree planting
One of the best ways to tackle rises in CO2 and to prevent ecological collapse is to plant trees. Ecologi has teamed up with their planting partner The Eden Reforestation Projects who plant millions of trees around the world every month. Ecologi is currently supporting their work in Madagascar.
2. Carbon reduction
Ecologi invests in carbon reduction projects, such as using waste biomass for electricity generation or producing renewable wind energy. They support a range of projects that are certified at the highest level by the Gold Standard Registry or the Verified Carbon Standard.
Guide to choosing Eco-Friendly furniture
When it comes to buying eco-friendly furniture there are a few factors to take into consideration:
Materials – Try to source sustainable materials that are either renewable or recyclable and non-toxic. Organic cotton or linen will be the best option as they are both strong, natural fibres that can biodegrade over time and don’t require much energy to produce. Avoid any synthetic material such as polyester or vinyl as these are damaging to the planet and produced with highly toxic dioxin.
For vegans, any leather product is completely out of the question, and it’s quite controversial amongst those looking to live an eco-friendly lifestyle too. But, on the other hand, it is a highly durable material and is typically created using a by-product from another industry, meaning no additional land or resource is needed.
Durability – Ensure the design, materials and construction is durable so it’ll less likely need replacing. Wood is a highly sustainable, durable material and you should aim to look for furniture and sofas with wooden frames.
When it comes to the frame of the sofa, look for FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood or recycled steel. Ideally, frames should be designed to be strong, sturdy, durable and easy to disassemble for recycling purposes in the future. All of our products at Swyft are made with FSC certified wood, so you can be confident you’re buying sustainably from us.
Other benefits to using wood as a sustainable furniture choice include: It absorbs carbon dioxide which lowers the overall carbon footprint. It’s perfect for naturally retaining heat meaning you’ll need less energy to warm your home. It’s durable and can last a very long time. It can be reused and recycled easily.
Finishes – Non-toxic ingredients for finishes that produce minimal or no harmful fumes will always be best. You’ll also need to make sure that the sofa has not been treated. This is because stain and fire-resistant chemicals have resulted in multiple different health and environmental risks. It can also be potentially dangerous to any kids or pets you may have so it’s best to steer clear
Production – Research is important. Find out if the company you’re buying from strives to achieve a small-carbon footprint.
Sustainable production is all about how the pieces are manufactured, transported and delivered. When something is sustainable it typically means that the materials have been previously recycled and have been given a new life as furniture, or materials that are renewable and can be regrown easily. It also means that the manufacturing process is as environmentally-friendly as possible and doesn’t produce a high carbon emission. Shopping locally is also much more sustainable to lessen the need to import from other countries and keep the carbon footprint low.
If you’re opting for a leather sofa, be aware that buying leather sustainably can be tricky as most manufacturers produce toxic chemicals for the dye or use child labour. Some companies, however, use vegetable oil to tan the leather as an eco-friendly alternative. There are also eco certifications available that assure low-impact production and protection of employees’ health. Buying used or vintage leather sofas is also a great choice as it means you’re extending the life of the product, rather than investing in the production of a new one with potentially harmful materials.
In need of some new furniture for your living room? Here are some models you can shop sustainably this Black Friday: