Making a big-ticket purchase like a couch can be intimidating enough, but trying to do so from ethical, sustainable sources can feel downright overwhelming. Building a home comprised of only eco-friendly furniture may require some thorough research and patience, but the results are well worth it. In the end, you'll have high-quality, earth-friendly finds that will not only look beautiful in your space, but that you'll be proud to purchase.
When sourcing an eco-friendly couch, you'll need to consider what materials it is made of. Is it crafted from FSC certified wood? Is the upholstery non-toxic? Has it been built to last so that it doesn't wind up in a landfill? Finding pieces to tick off some or all of these boxes will take you that much closer to crafting the sustainable living room of your dreams!
Medley offers a wide range of sofas crafted from FSC certified solid wood or solid bamboo (which is technically a "woody grass" thanks to its ability to grow rapidly), and only uses natural furniture polish alongside CertiPUR-US® certified foam and organic natural latex. Many of their fabrics are also certified organic textiles. The Meera Sofa lends an effortless, vintage appeal to your decor while using modern, eco-friendly technology.
The Essential Sofa by Sabai allows for easy customization with several fabric options, light or dark finishes for the wood legs, and the choice between a single or three-piece cushion. The frame is made of FSC-certified wood, the foam is CertiPUR certified, and the pillows come from recycled fiber fill.
One of the best ways to furnish your home sustainably is to shop vintage. Rather than allowing old pieces to end up in the landfill, offer them a new lease on life in your own home. Chairish has endless options for high-quality vintage sofas, like this curved off-white number that will add the perfect art deco vibe to your living space.
As if the ultra-cozy design wasn't reason enough to add the Bryant Sofa by Joybird to your living room, the company's ethical practices will absolutely win you over. Each piece is made from responsibly-sourced solid wood, and for each item sold, Joybird will plant more trees than were used in the manufacturing of that item.
Floyd has come on the home design scene with affordable, modern designs that are built to stand the test of time. Their three-seater sofa comes in a handful of colors, from quiet neutrals to bold, statement-making hues, making it a foolproof addition to any living room.
Campaign's eco-friendly furniture is made of truly enduring materials that will allow your sofa to be passed on to the next generation. Their steel frames come with a lifetime guarantee and last 10 times longer than your typical sofa frame — over 100 years! Not to mention, this material choice has a low impact on the environment. Their sofa collection includes a spacious sofa sectional, a three-seater sofa, and a loveseat for homes with a smaller footprint.
If you're in the market for an eco-friendly couch that can also double as a guest bed, the Clara Sleeper Sofa by West Elm may be just the ticket. With a sleek, low-profile design and FSC certified materials, it will add a modern sensibility to any home.
Just because sustainable materials use modern technology doesn't mean your sofa has to feel that way. This velvet number by Cobble Hill boasts a traditional silhouette and ethically sourced materials, including wood from responsibly managed forests and sofa fill using 75% recycled fibers and 25% RDS certified down.
Experience living on a cloud with this luxuriously eco-friendly couch by Cisco Home. The frame is sourced from FSC certified wood, and the lush cushions are made of non-toxic padding, including 90% organic feathers. Sounds pretty dreamy if you ask us.
Caitlin is the former social media manager and staff writer of TheEverygirl.com in Chicago, now working as a freelance writer from her laptop in New Zealand. She loves soulful, collected interior design that feels like a warm hug, English Breakfast tea, and trips to the theatre.