Green and comfy

How to avoid furnishing your space with toxic trash

Not only is new furniture expensive, but it’s also often irresponsibly made, with pollution-spewing machinery used to assemble unsustainable materials. More companies are offering product lines with the environment in mind, though; some smaller ones—such as San Francisco furniture/cabinetry cooperative Woodshanti (go to to learn more)—even specialize in green furnishings made from sustainable or recycled materials. A little Internet research goes a long way toward avoiding the purchase of a giant piece of waste: Go to to access’s Guide to Buying Green Furniture.