I'm getting very frustrated with my search for an eco-friendly recliner. Can you help?

Asked by Rex Thomas
San Francisco, CA

I live in a very eco-friendly area, but I'm having trouble finding furniture that isn't full of all kinds of toxic chemicals. The few green furniture outlets I've found charge outrageous prices that I find insulting. Most furniture stores look at me like I'm nuts when I ask about the materials that go into their furniture. Please, do you have any advice? I'm willing to spend up to $2,000 for a recliner.


Molly McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS

Answered by Molly McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS

Bainbridge Island, WA

A Kitchen That Works LLC

July 14, 2011

Dear Rex,

Your best bet may be finding a gently used model in a consignment shop, auction house, Craigslist, or a garage sale.  

  • Have it refinished with a low-VOC finish, and
  • re-upholstered with natural latex cushions and sustainably harvested/dyed fabric.

Also, when I did a Google search on eco-friendly recliners, I came up with these sites: "Four Places to Get Eco-Friendly Recliners" , EcoComfort recliner by La-Z-Boy, and Ecovian's listing for "San Francisco Sustainable Furniture Stores".

Good luck!


For more information:

Read "Can you recommend sources for green furniture?" a Q&A answered by Miriam Landman.

Also, read "How can I reupholster furniture sustainably?" a Q&A answered by Kirsten Flynn.

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