3 Reasons You Should Buy Environmentally-Friendly Furniture:

(Not-so) Newsflash: It’s the 21st Century - we’re grappling with global overpopulation, resource depletion and climate change. Making environmentally-conscious consumption choices is no longer a whimsical hippie indulgence, but a real lifestyle requirement if we plan on comfortably staying on this planet for a few more generations.

Here are the 3 most pressing environmental issues today and how your furniture choices can help:


Declining Biodiversity and Diminished Ecosystems   It’s a vicious cycle - environmental degradation ( coral bleaching, overfishing etc ) leads ( has already led ) to the endangerment and extinction of many species of flora and fauna, which in turn upsets the natural balance in our ecosystems, leading to further decline in our biodiversity leading to diminished ecosystems, ad infinitum.   How your furniture can make a difference:  Make it a point to purchase only responsibly-produced furniture.  There are various certifications and regulatory bodies that help to ensure that the materials used in your furniture were cultivated/ harvested/ acquired and processed with methods that are designed to minimise harm to our environment.

Declining Biodiversity and Diminished Ecosystems

It’s a vicious cycle - environmental degradation (coral bleaching, overfishing etc) leads (has already led) to the endangerment and extinction of many species of flora and fauna, which in turn upsets the natural balance in our ecosystems, leading to further decline in our biodiversity leading to diminished ecosystems, ad infinitum.

How your furniture can make a difference:
Make it a point to purchase only responsibly-produced furniture.
There are various certifications and regulatory bodies that help to ensure that the materials used in your furniture were cultivated/ harvested/ acquired and processed with methods that are designed to minimise harm to our environment.


Pollution and The Global Waste Problem   Since the Industrial Revolution that started in the late 18th century, mankind has worked steadily to improve the efficiency and productivity of our manufacturing systems, yet overlooked the environmental diseconomies that have arisen from these processes. Among other pollution issues like excessive carbon emissions and oil spills, we now have  landfills operating at capacity  and the  dumping of plastic waste into the oceans , leading to  turtles with straws in their noses  and  baby dugongs dead from plastic ingestion .   How your furniture can make a difference: Make it a point to purchase with the long-term in mind . With growing consciousness of our global waste problem, many furniture retailers now offer the option to customise higher-quality products that are built to last. By taking your time to make a conscious decision about the furniture you buy, you minimise your contribution to the landfill problem by reducing the likelihood of having to dispose of an item that you no longer enjoy within a few years.   Opt for natural materials.  Part of the landfill problem is the sheer amount of time needed to naturally breakdown synthetic materials like plastic and glass. In contrast, most natural materials like wood and stone are easily restorable, giving your furniture greater overall longevity while ensuring that when the time comes, the piece will be able to decay naturally and return to the earth.

Pollution and The Global Waste Problem

Since the Industrial Revolution that started in the late 18th century, mankind has worked steadily to improve the efficiency and productivity of our manufacturing systems, yet overlooked the environmental diseconomies that have arisen from these processes. Among other pollution issues like excessive carbon emissions and oil spills, we now have landfills operating at capacity and the dumping of plastic waste into the oceans, leading to turtles with straws in their noses and baby dugongs dead from plastic ingestion.

How your furniture can make a difference:
Make it a point to purchase with the long-term in mind
. With growing consciousness of our global waste problem, many furniture retailers now offer the option to customise higher-quality products that are built to last. By taking your time to make a conscious decision about the furniture you buy, you minimise your contribution to the landfill problem by reducing the likelihood of having to dispose of an item that you no longer enjoy within a few years.
Opt for natural materials. Part of the landfill problem is the sheer amount of time needed to naturally breakdown synthetic materials like plastic and glass. In contrast, most natural materials like wood and stone are easily restorable, giving your furniture greater overall longevity while ensuring that when the time comes, the piece will be able to decay naturally and return to the earth.


Deforestation and Global Warming     Trees are the earth’s natural equaliser   - being the only life form on this planet that converts carbon dioxide to oxygen instead of the other way around, trees sustain life and the inhabitability of our planet. With the accelerated rates of deforestation seen in recent centuries, all other efforts at mitigating and even reversing climate change are greatly handicapped by the loss of tree cover.   How your furniture can make a difference:   Wood is a popular material to use in all types of furniture, both for its aesthetic and restorable properties, which ensure the lifetime longevity of the product. To ensure that the wood used in your furniture is sustainably-sourced, look out for certification labels from the country of procurement. As a retailer, The Table Guy chooses to work only with suppliers who have the necessary certifications to assure us that their supply chain is sustainable and responsible.

Deforestation and Global Warming

Trees are the earth’s natural equaliser - being the only life form on this planet that converts carbon dioxide to oxygen instead of the other way around, trees sustain life and the inhabitability of our planet. With the accelerated rates of deforestation seen in recent centuries, all other efforts at mitigating and even reversing climate change are greatly handicapped by the loss of tree cover.

How your furniture can make a difference:
Wood is a popular material to use in all types of furniture, both for its aesthetic and restorable properties, which ensure the lifetime longevity of the product. To ensure that the wood used in your furniture is sustainably-sourced, look out for certification labels from the country of procurement. As a retailer, The Table Guy chooses to work only with suppliers who have the necessary certifications to assure us that their supply chain is sustainable and responsible.


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