5 Eco-Friendly Home Rules

Friday, April 22, 2016

At Cisco Home we believe every day should be Earth Day, but nonetheless when April 22 rolls around we use it as a chance to take stock of our actions and choices, both as a company and as individuals, to see if there are do-able ways that we can live more sustainably.

When you hear the phrase “green home” you might think of big improvements like solar panels and grey water systems, or small daily habits like recycling or turning off the lights. Because you don’t buy furniture all that often, and since your decorating choices aren’t reflected on your electric bill, it’s easy to forget that the furniture and décor you choose has a big impact on the eco-friendly factor of your house. To help you make the best choices for the planet, keep in mind these principles of green home décor:

Choose sustainable wood
When trees aren’t sustainably harvested and forests aren’t responsibly managed, ecosystems can be damaged and climate change exacerbated. That’s why we are very careful to use wood with minimal environmental impact. All of the new wood in Cisco Home furniture—from the alder frames inside sofas and chairs to the visible wood on tables and furniture legs—is FSC-certified. That means that it came from lumber sources that the Forestry Stewardship Council has approved as responsible in terms of environmental stewardship and impact on local communities. In addition to FSC-certified new wood, we are always look for ways to upcycle existing wood into distinctive and stylish one-of-a-kind furniture.

Nix VOCs
By choosing solid wood instead of engineered wood or particleboard, you prevent harmful chemicals from being released into your home and the atmosphere. Although those composite woods are usually less expensive than solid wood, they are generally held together by glues which release formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs). You can also reduce VOCs in your home by choosing low-VOC paint for your walls.

Find beauty in the old
Nothing lends style and substance to a room like a one-of-a-kind vintage find. The Cisco Home team scours flea markets around the globe to find well-traveled, beautifully unique items waiting to be given new life in our stores and in your homes. As founder Cisco Pinedo says, “I’m not interested in design that is unique for the sake of uniqueness. I’d rather create with materials that are already out there waiting to be found.”

Rehab what you already own
There’s a saying we like: “The greenest thing you can own is the one you already have”—in other words, hanging on to a piece of furniture is often a more eco-friendly choice than buying a new one. If your sofa or upholstered chairs are looking shabby, get them reupholstered (maybe in one of our new Cisco Prints textiles) or have slip covers made. Take scratched wood pieces to a furniture restorer to see what can be done.

Buy quality, buy what you love
Investing in high-quality furniture and home accessories that you absolutely adore pays off over time.  Mass-produced products are bad for the planet, and they lack style and soul—two things your home should have in abundance!