The couch in my living room was literally threadbare and bursting at the seams so I knew we had to replace it. The furniture world can be very daunting for a green-minded mom, however, as toxic chemicals can be present in virtually every part of a couch – the foam, the glues, the fabric, the springs, the frame. Many of the same problems with looking for a bed apply to couches.
If you live in the US, California has a few great sustainable options because it is the state with the most stringent regulations regarding flame retardants.
In Canada, it was really hard to find something that wasn’t going to break the bank. I was thrilled when I found the company G Romano based out of Quebec – and even more thrilled that a local store in Edmonton carried their furniture: Inspired Home Interiors.
G Romano‘s hardwood and plywood are from responsibly managed forests in North America, and they use soy-based foam with no flame retardants. They also use water-based adhesives and stains, 60% recycled steel springs, and eco-friendly fabrics. They have just started making prototypes for their Verde line which will have natural latex foam (which for me would look like the best option) – however it was waaay out of our price point. We decided to go with the Dublin sectional in an Oxford fabric (made from 60% Recycled Cotton, 20% Poly, 19% Acrylic, 1% Nylon) with soy foam (feather seats and back were an optional upgrade).
When we went in to Inspired Home Interiors to look at what they had, I was impressed with the variety of pieces available to look at in their showroom. You could tell almost straightaway that everything had been displayed with a fine-toothed comb, and it wasn’t hard to see what products they wanted to show off. They had only the best retail fixtures acting as the base for what they wanted to show off and it really worked. You were drawn to particular products within the showroom, and I just knew that we would be onto a winner. The associate helping us was very gracious and able to answer all my questions. Because G Romano furniture isn’t mass-manufactured, she informed me about the expected lead time, and corresponded with me via email to confirm details like fabric, footings, and configuration. I was very satisfied with the customer service we received, and so excited when our sectional was delivered to our house! (It took about 3.5 months from order date to delivery to our home.)
And now – do I like this relatively pricey sectional? Goodness yes!! The sectional came in 3 pieces (the corner piece is one piece), so I’m really happy that it is not difficult to move if needed. I LOVE how comfortable it is too. I won’t lie – I fell asleep in the corner the second day of it being in our house. My daughter was excitedly crawling all over me but it was too comfortable so I just fell asleep. I also really like the depth of the seats – even with the cushions as the seat backs, the depth is perfect for snuggling up with my daughter or husband, without feeling like it’s taking too much space. Everyone that has been over at our house since we got it has commented on how beautiful it is, how great it fits in our space, and how incredibly comfortable it is. The removable cushion covers (they all have zippers) mean that it won’t be hard to clean when my daughter inevitably stains it with food, blood, etc. So far anything she has thrown at it has come out pretty easily with my trusty Thieves cleaner (essential oils based cleaner). And the cushions are awesome for making a fort with my kid. 🙂
Inspired Home Interiors will be opening a new showroom at The Shops At Boudreau in St. Albert in August 2015.
Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a great article about couches that don’t have fire retardants as of 2015.
Where have you found sustainable furniture?
(Disclosure: I received a 15% discount on my purchase at Inspired Home Interiors in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received, opinions expressed are my own.)