We’ve all heard of eco-friendly technology, cars and even homes, but eco-friendly furniture is probably something that hasn’t quite popped up on our radar yet. Imagine if you could actually do your part for the environment and be a green advocate while shopping and picking out alluring pieces of furniture for your home.
Ali Abdulwahab Al Mutawa Commercial Co. (AAW), the leader in the furniture industry in Kuwait since 1947 gives you the option to do just that through their range of products that are in harmony with the environment like Europe’s Nolte, CSSchmal and Express Mobel.
Nolte is the first German brand to acquire both the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certification which are internationally recognized certification systems only given to products that are environmentally-friendly for their source and manufacturing process. CSSchmal and Express Mobel are also both FSC-certified.
So what does eco-friendly furniture actually mean? First and foremost, the wood used in eco-friendly furniture comes from protected forests that are certified wood harvesting sites. This means that as soon as a certain tree is cut down in these forests, a new tree is immediately planted, increasing the sustainability factor. Producers of eco-friendly furniture also ensure that their manufacturing process has minimal impact on the environment and this includes the production of harmful byproducts as well. In addition, these producers also have strict guidelines to ensure that their waste management system is also safe for the environment.
Eco-friendly products are also free of toxic substances that can be found in certain types of furniture. These toxic substances tend to release harmful chemicals into the air and is especially dangerous for those who live in houses or apartments that aren’t well-insulated.
This is something that we need to be aware of especially in a dusty country like Kuwait where we often have to keep our doors and windows closed. Therefore, switching to eco-friendly furniture will be able to improve the overall quality of air inside your home, protecting your family’s health and overall well-being.
The easiest way to ensure that you are purchasing eco-friendly furniture is to ask your retailer if the product is FSC or PEFC certified or look out for either logo on the product. This way, you will be assured that you are purchasing items that are environmentally friendly.
Another interesting tip is to consider purchasing furniture made from bamboo. Bamboo, which is in fact a type of grass and not wood, is typically grown with few to no pesticides. Bamboo also grows rapidly which means that sustainability isn’t an issue or concern.
Nolte, CSSchmal and Express Mobel features a range of immaculately-designed furniture pieces which are also eco-friendly to satisfy the green interior designer in you. We have picked out a few favorites from their collection this season that are available at the AAW furniture showrooms. We think that this is the perfect combination of being tastefully-crafted and environmentally-friendly.
Soft Plus – Soft Plus Kids/Teens Bedroom Set
Introduce your children to the eco-friendly way through an eco-friendly bedroom set which comes with a single bed, two nighstands, dresser, desk with pedestal and a hinged door wardrobe. This set comes in both silver oak and white.
SOFT plus Shoe Cabinet & Shelving Unit
Choose an FSC-certified and eco-friendly shoe cabinet and shelving unit from CSSchmal which is the perfect storage solution for your home. The shoe cabinet is available in five different colors – maple, white, oak, beech, walnut and silver oak.
Want to know more about AAW’s eco-friendly products? Follow Ali Abdulwahab Al Mutawa Commercial Co. on Instagram @AAWFURNITURE or contact their hotline 180 4449 or the following AAW showrooms – Al Dajeej: 2226 1720 / Al Shuwaikh: 2226 1890.