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Alternatives to wooden chairs

Wood has been the go-to furniture material for centuries, but, in the past years, because of growing environmental concerns, more and more responsible homeowners are considering other materials, not necessarily because of the price, but because of the negative impact that the wood industry has on the environment. Wooden items that we take for granted every day, such as chairs, cabinets and tables are manufactured at great environmental cost. Most of the world’s biggest manufacturers have factories based near tropical rainforests and these serve as the primary source of their materials. Excessively cutting down trees in tropical rainforests and ant other area leads to land chances and it could cause landslides. In addition, the local flora and fauna is affected and pollution rates may rise because there are less plants to absorb carbon dioxide.

What other materials can be used for furniture?

Although it is a classic choice, wood is not the only material that furniture can be made of. Plastic, glass and faux leather are other great options and they are currently gaining popularity among designers. In fact, wooden furniture is no longer as coveted as it once was, because it is very expensive and high maintenance. The above mentioned alternatives are not only cheaper, but also more modern and practical. One excellent example is the Eames molded plastic rocking chair, which provides great comfort and is also eco-friendly.

 

Benefits of plastic chairs

 

Did you know that you could save the planet by buying a plastic chair? It might sound surprising, because plastic has a bad ecological reputation, but it is possible. First of all, plastic chairs do not require wood, so you are saving two or three trees by buying them. Secondly, plastic isn’t always bad for the environment, because you can buy furniture made of recycled plastic and then recycle them yourself after you no longer want them. If you buy chairs from a manufacturer with an environmentally-oriented ethos and dispose of them responsibly, you too can contribute to saving the planet.

 

Practical and aesthetic benefits of plastic chairs

 

What other benefits do plastic chairs have in addition to being affordable and eco-friendly? One essential thing that you should know is that they are very low maintenance and versatile. Plastic allows for a wider colour palette, not just shades of brown and black. You can have chairs in vibrant shades such as neon green, blue and yellow, unlock limitless décor combinations and experiment with more styles. In addition, plastic is very easy to maintain. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on special cleansing solutions for the material to keep its shine. You can usually clean them with just a piece of cloth and a basic cleansing agent. Last, but not least, plastic chairs are extremely lightweight, so you can move them around from room to room and not worry about traces left on the floor.

 

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