From sofa and dining tables to mattresses and home decor, shopping for sustainable furniture can be an arduous exercise. But if you know where to look, there are plenty of eco-friendly options for all kinds of budgets. That’s why we created this list, to help you identify the real environmentally ethical brands from greenwashing marketing.
How to choose your sustainable furniture?
We analyzed dozens of eco friendly furniture brands based on two criteria:
- The materials used for both products and packaging. Are they organic, natural, non-toxic, sustainability sourced, or recyclable?
- The processes and values of the brand. Are they socially and environmentally ethical? Do they give back? Are they part of green initiatives or programs?
Several not-for-profit organizations deliver certifications to brands that meet their high standards for sustainability. Because they are independent, those agencies provide great unbiased information to the customers. Please note that a company can still be sustainable even if it doesn’t possess the following certifications.
Here’s a simplified glossary of the best eco-friendly certifications.
- CertiPUR-US: Non-toxic foam.
- Greenguard Gold certified: Products with low chemical emissions and higher air quality.
- FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified: Wood from responsibly managed forests.
- Oeko-Tex certified: Ecologically safe textile.
- GOTS or Global Organic Textile Standard certified: Organic textile.
- GOLS or Global Organic Latex Standard certified: Organic latex.
To know more about sustainable fabrics and green materials, you can read our article.
Here’s our top pick for the best eco friendly furniture brands on the market now and why we chose them.
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Sustainable Furniture Companies
#1 Maiden Home
Sustainability: CertiPUR-US and Greenguard Gold certified, made in USA, handcrafted furniture, sustainably sourced wood, and recycled materials.
Furniture categories: Sofa, benches, bed frames, tables, and chairs.
Price: The Crosby Sofa – $2225 & The Allen Dining Chair – $485
Maiden Home creates long-lasting and highly comfortable pieces of sustainable furniture covered by a lifetime warranty. Its mission is to provide handcrafted and design-driven luxury items for modern homes. They comply with the highest standards of sustainability. Their pieces are certified non-toxic and organic. They also follow sustainable processes using eco-friendly and ethical materials to handcraft their item. There is no showroom, it’s an online-only brand.
Sustainability: CertiPUR-US and Greenguard Gold certified, FSC certified wood, handcrafted in the USA, organic and non-toxic textile.
Furniture categories: Sofa, Bed Frames, Storage.
Price: Bramo Bed – $2295 & Idan Storage Ottoman – $859
Medley furniture comes from their Los Angeles workshop. Their goal is to create premium pieces that are not only clean but also eco-friendly. They hold most of the organic – non-toxic – sustainable certifications in the furniture industry. From bed frames to ottomans Medley displays a high level of craftsmanship that delivers uniquely comfortable pieces. They provide a lifetime warranty and the possibility of customization. Medley is an online-only company.
Sustainability: Greenguard Gold certified, GOLS and GOTS certified, climate-neutral processes, handmade in California, use renewable energy in their factories, 1% for the Planet program.
Furniture categories: Mattresses, bedding, bed frames, furniture.
Price: City Bed Frame – $695 – Avocado Green Mattress – $1199
Founded in 2016, Avocado’s mission was to create the “true” non-toxic green and affordable mattress made with natural and organic materials. And they have more than achieved it! They constantly work on improving their already high standards for sustainable, ethical, and conscious practices. They started with mattresses but they now offer a range of clean and organic bedding, pillows, and other green furniture. They provide a 25-year warranty and have received multiple awards from established brands among which AD, US news, and Glamour. They have shops in California, New York City, and Washington DC.
#4 West Elm
Sustainability: GOTS certified, FSC certified wood, non-toxic and sustainable materials, handcrafted, assembled in the US, Fair Trade practices.
Furniture categories: Seating, bed frames, tables, lighting, outdoor, home decor.
Price: Andes Bed – $899 & Luz Pendant $149
Launched in 2002, the sister brand of Poetry Barn offers mid-century modern furniture and home decor. Their pieces are highly qualitative yet affordable and sustainably produced. Each season, West Elm collaborates with independent designers to bring one-of-a-kind home furnishing items. The popular brand has more than 100 stores in the US. Their motto is “Good for people, Goor for the planet. Good for you”.
Sustainability: FSC certified wood, CertiPUR-US certified, Repair don’t replace Initiative, second-hand shop, recycled & up-cycled materials, plastic-free shipping, ethical production, locally produced in North Carolina.
Furniture categories: Table, Seating, Home decor.
Price: The Essential Sofa – $1395 & The Essential Ottoman – $395
Sabai’s mission is to bring “comfortable, affordable, and comprehensively sustainable furniture” to you. To produce beautiful pieces, they source sustainably managed wood and non-toxic and eco-friendly fabrics. But they don’t stop here, they go the extra mile and are part of multiple ethical programs and initiatives. Their couches are easily assembled and broken down. They don’t have a showroom but some of their products are displayed at ‘The Canvas Bowery” NYC.
#6 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Sustainability: FSC certified wood, Oeko-Tex certified, natural materials, made in the USA, eco-friendly and recycled fabrics, and ethical initiatives.
Furniture categories: Dining furniture, seating, bed frames, storage & office, outdoor, lighting, home decor.
Price: Hunter Outdoor Ottoman – $928 & Vintage Washed Cotton Percale Set – $584
Since 1989, MGBW has been the master in crafting American-made furniture. If you are looking for comfortable unique eco-friendly furniture, you are at the right place. From luxurious seating to office furniture, you have a broad choice. Their process of fabrication includes non-toxic and organic materials paired with various ethical and environmental initiatives. You can purchase their product online or in-store. Their iconic piece is the Alex Sectional Sofa.
#7 The citizenry
Sustainability: FSC certified wood, Oeko-Tex certified, GOTS certified, Fair Trade practices, handcrafted, low carbon emission, zero waste processes, and fair wages.
Furniture categories: Rugs, bedding, pillow, mirror, home decor.
Price: Tejal Area Rug – $775 & Agata Pillow -$165
The Citizenry originality is to have partnered with multiple master artisans across the world to offer unique reasonably priced creations. The company focus on small-batch handmade goods and sustainable methods. The premium value of their green furniture does not only come from the organic and safe materials they use but also from their ethical initiatives such as zero waste, fair wages, and low carbon emissions. Choose between exclusive furniture, home decor, and even tableware or accessories. Their shop is located in Soho, NYC.
Sustainability: CertiPUR-US certified, FSC certified wood, recyclable materials, renewable energy, second-hand shop, almost carbon neutral.
Furniture categories: Sofa, table, storage, outdoor furniture.
Price: The Table – $625 & The Outdoor chair -$315
Floyd’s design is mid-century modern and impressively minimalist. Their goal is to produce qualitative, easy to assemble, and long-lasting furniture. The company also focuses on sourcing non-toxic and recyclable materials as proven by its multiple sustainable certifications. Their bed frame for example is extremely easy to store due to its “flat-pack” design and is covered by a 10-year warranty. It’s also worthy to note that the brand has launched a resale and refurbishment program to top its other eco-friendly commitments.
Sustainability: Greenguard certified, CertiPUR-US certified, One tree Planted, carbon-neutral shipping, recyclable paper for packaging.
Furniture categories: Bed, mattress, nightstand, side table.
Price: The Bed – $1095 & The Night Stand -$445
The mission of this San Francisco-based brand is to create a “perfect combination of functionality, minimalism, and luxury design while being mindful of our environmental impact every step of the way.” Thuma sells four pieces of furniture: the bed, the mattress, the nightstand, and the side table. Easy to assemble with a modern design, the pieces benefit from a lifetime warranty. Certified organic and non-toxic, their products are also sustainably made with recyclable packaging and carbon neutral shipping. Features in Forbes, New York Magazine, and Business Insider, Thuma is definitively a brand you need to know.
#10 Live Outer
Sustainability: FSC certified wood furniture, climate-neutral certified, organic and sustainable materials, 1% For The Planet program.
Furniture categories: Outdoor seating, outdoor table, rugs, fire pits.
Price: Charcoal Aluminum Outdoor Armless Chair – $1250 & Teak & Aluminum Outdoor Dining Table – $2950
Founded in 2017 by Jiake Liu and Terry Lin, Live Outer’s mission is to “reinvent outdoor furniture”. Using sustainable and responsible sourced materials, they create high-quality, incredibly comfortable, and simple pieces that will last forever. Their products are recyclable and covered by a warranty, you can leave them outside all year. They also offer fair wages and a safe work environment for their employees. Live Outer doesn’t have an in-store location.
#11 Room & Board
Sustainability: FSC certified wood furniture, recycled steel and fabric, reclaimed wood, 90% of products made in the USA, and ethical initiatives.
Furniture categories: Bed, table, seating, outdoor, home decor, lighting, office.
Price: Nyla End Tables – $599 & Ella bed -$1499
Since 1980, Room & Board has been focused on creating sustainable furniture with American craftsmanship. The brand displays a modern style with moderate to high prices and offers a wide range of furniture such as beds, tables, outdoor, home decor, and even lighting and accessories.
The materials used include ethically managed wood, recycled steel, and fabric. Room & Board also supports various environmental initiatives. The brand has many locations across the US.
Sustainability: FSC-certified, non-toxic materials, made in the USA, 1% for the Planet, carbon-neutral, One Tree Planted program, and compostable packaging.
Furniture categories: Dining tables, coffee tables, benches.
Price: prices are not available at the moment, Simbly is working on its new collection.
Created by award-winning environmental entrepreneur Josh Dorfman, Simply creates minimalist and eco-friendly furniture. The brand is working on reaching 100% recycled packaging. An original design is the base for all the brand products. Their operations are based in the US and the company partnered with various environmental and ethical programs like 1% for the Planet and the One Tree Planted Program.
#13 Made Trade
Sustainability: Fair Trade, handcrafted, made in the USA, sustainable & recycled materials, vegan, woman-owned shops, climate neutral.
Furniture categories: depends on the vendor.
Price: depends on the vendor.
Made Trade is not just a shop but a platform gathering ethically elevated products. From furniture to home decor or silverware and even apparel, you can find anything that qualifies for eco-friendly and ethical on Made Trade. You will find brands such as Looma, Korissa, and Soil to Studio but also many affordable sustainable furniture. The brand also includes a very useful reviews-verified system for each piece sold on the website. This is an online-only shop.
Sustainability: Eco-friendly bamboo, ethically sourced and non-toxic materials.
Furniture categories: Bed, seating, table, storage.
Price: Caramelized Currant Solid Wood Platform Bed – $1800 & Danica Chair – $696
Created in 2004, Greenington is a bamboo furniture brand. The brand only uses Moso bamboo for its sustainability and ethical production. Bamboo is a durable material 100% stronger than oak. It also grows very quickly and releases more oxygen into the atmosphere than other trees. For those reasons, bamboo is the ultimate sustainable material for furniture. In addition, the company values eco-friendly production processes.
Greenington furniture range from tables to beds and storage pieces. Their design is clean and modern with a clear focus on the quality of the products.
#15 Alabama Sawyer
Sustainability: Reclaimed locally sourced trees, made in the USA, non-toxic materials.
Furniture categories: Tables, accessories, benches.
Price: Beam Bench – $950 & Fossil Coffee Table – $600
The brand is an Alabama-based brand founded by a married couple. Alabama Sawyer originality is to use for their creations, fallen trees that would otherwise be destroyed. The company focuses on creating sustainable, ethical, and elegant furniture with a modern design. They only use natural eco-friendly materials and most of their wood comes from Alabama.
Choose between unique furniture such as dining tables, kitchen accessories, or benches. They also sell a selection of home decor pieces from environmentally committed companies.
#16 What We Make
Sustainability: Reclaimed and sustainably sourced wood in the US, eco-friendly non-toxic materials, family-owned business, handmade.
Furniture categories: Table, seating, bed, storage, home office.
Price: Modern Windsor Chair – $795 & Reclaimed Wood Platform Bed – $2945
Founded 10 years ago, What We Make is a family-owned business creating handmade customizable furniture from reclaimed wood. The wood used comes from old barns located in the Midwest. They focus on sustainability and use eco-friendly non-toxic finishes to create unique and durable furniture.
The company is committed to providing quality sustainable products at a fair price. They have a selection of unique tables, benches, and beds. Their only showroom is located in Illinois.
Sustainability: Reducing their carbon footprint, fair wages and benefits for workers, One Tree Planted.
Furniture categories: Table, seating, storage, outdoor, decor and home office.
Price: Lewis Sofa – $2513 & Doheny Lounge Chair – $770
Joybird manufactures custom-made furniture with a mid-century style. Their focus is to create unique high quality and durable pieces. Furthermore, the brand provides fair wages and benefits for the workers. Joybird is committed to preserving the environment and supporting reforestation projects with the One Tree Planted program. The brand was featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and Elle Decor.
They offer a lifetime warranty on most of their furniture. They have showrooms all over the US, in Brooklyn, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
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