What we're made of

Your living space isn’t just your sanctuary—it's a little ecosystem. 

WE BELIEVE

Eco-friendly furniture is not only a plus for the environment, but also for the place you call home.

We want the materials we use to be as clean and sustainable as possible. It’s a constant work in progress, because we’re always finding new things to improve on.

The way we do things is surprisingly different from the rest of our industry. Learning about this stuff can get confusing, but we’re here to make it easy for you.

Your living space isn’t just your sanctuary—it's a little ecosystem. 

Your living space isn’t just your sanctuary—it's a little ecosystem. 

WE BELIEVE

Eco-friendly furniture is not only a plus for the environment, but also for the place you call home.

We want the materials we use to be as clean and sustainable as possible. It’s a constant work in progress, because we’re always finding new things to improve on.

The way we do things is surprisingly different from the rest of our industry. Learning about this stuff can get confusing, but we’re here to make it easy for you.

WE BELIEVE

Eco-friendly furniture is not only a plus for the environment, but also for the place you call home.

We want the materials we use to be as clean and sustainable as possible. It’s a constant work in progress, because we’re always finding new things to improve on.

The way we do things is surprisingly different from the rest of our industry. Learning about this stuff can get confusing, but we’re here to make it easy for you.

Wood blocks in wood shop
wood blocks in wood shop

The Wood

We use kiln-dried alder hardwood for our furniture frames and solid walnut and maple for tables and other hard goods. Backs, bottoms, drawer bottoms, and shelves of our storage pieces are crafted with FSC-certified, low-VOC CARB 2 compliant plywood (strong, lightweight, and smooth, plywood on the inside of our storage furniture helps lighten these sturdy pieces).

Alder, Walnut, and Maple

We use domestically-sourced, kiln-dried alder hardwood for our furniture frames, and solid walnut and maple for tables and other hard goods. It always comes from FSC-certified forests. 

FACT: Good materials take time: our alder wood comes from trees that took 25 years to grow.

Forest Stewardship Council Logo

The Wood

We use kiln-dried alder hardwood for our furniture frames and solid walnut and maple for tables and other hard goods. Backs, bottoms, drawer bottoms, and shelves of our storage pieces are crafted with FSC-certified, low-VOC CARB 2 compliant plywood (strong, lightweight, and smooth, plywood on the inside of our storage furniture helps lighten these sturdy pieces).

Wood blocks in wood shop

The Wood

We use kiln-dried alder hardwood for our furniture frames and solid walnut and maple for tables and other hard goods. Drawer bottoms and sides of our storage pieces are crafted with FSC-certified, low-VOC CARB 2 compliant plywood (strong, lightweight, and smooth, plywood on the inside of our storage furniture helps lighten these sturdy pieces).

Wood pile in wood shop

Alder, Walnut, and Maple

We use domestically-sourced, kiln-dried alder hardwood for our furniture frames, and solid walnut and maple for tables and other hard goods. It always comes from FSC-certified forests. 

Forest Stewardship Council Logo
Hands pressing down on grey fabric
hands pressing down on fabric

The Foam

We offer two kinds of foam cushions: CertiPUR-US®-certified foam and certified organic natural Dunlop latex. 

CertiPUR-US®-certified Foam

All synthetic foams are not created equal. Our 2.5 lb. high-resilience CertiPUR-US®-certified poly foam is the cleanest synthetic choice and is better than other available polyurethane foams because the material consistently meets updated emissions and durability standards. CertiPUR-US® leaves out unwanted chemicals like flame retardants and formaldehyde. This material provides a medium-sit and holds it shape for years and years to come, providing outstanding comfort and durability. 

Organic Natural Dunlop Latex

Made from the sap of rubber trees, this foam is comfortable, breathable, and amazingly durable. It's also mold-resistant, antimicrobial, and doesn’t transfer motion the way cushions and mattresses with coil springs can, making for a smooth and bounce-free lounge. When you choose natural latex foam, it means your furniture is 100% natural from the inside out (which is hard to find!). We use Dunlop latex for its durability and completely natural composition, and it's certified organic by The Global Organic Latex Standard. If you want to know more (like, way more) about our natural latex, we nerded out about it here.

Certipur US Logo
Global Organic Latex Standard Logo
Sheep grazing in green field
sheep grazing

The Wool

Wool is such a magical material. It’s naturally breathable, hypoallergenic, temperature-regulating, antibacterial, moisture-wicking, and stain-resisting (not to mention biodegradable and renewable). 

OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 Wool

Our wool is gently shorn from grass-fed crossbred sheep, and sourced from farmers who genuinely care for the environment, encourage healthy ecosystems, and follow the “five freedoms” for animal welfare.

Our Wool meets the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 international mark of textile quality, indicating that it’s free from APEO, NPEO, pesticides, carcinogenic colourants, and heavy metals. We use it as an upholstery fabric and as a fluffy, comfy filling for chairs and sofas.

FACT: Wool is unexpectedly amazing when it comes to fire safety. Due to the way the wool strands are structured, they are naturally flame-resistant. It’s science!

Oeko-Tex Logo

The Foam

We offer two kinds of foam cushions: CertiPUR-US®-certified foam and certified organic natural latex. If you want to know more (like, way more) about our natural latex, please get in touch. We love to nerd out about it.

Hands pressing on grey fabric

CertiPUR-US®-Certified Foam

All synthetic foams are not created equal. This polyester foam is the cleanest synthetic choice on the market. It’s certified by CertiPUR-US® (which is the highest standard for the industry).

Organic Natural Latex

Made from the sap of rubber trees, this foam is comfortable, breathable, and amazingly durable. When you choose natural latex foam, it means your furniture is 100% natural from the inside out (which is hard to find!). Ours is certified organic by The Global Organic Latex Standard.

Global Organic Latex Standard Logo
Certipur US Logo

The Wool

Wool is such a magical material. It’s naturally breathable, hypoallergenic, temperature-regulating, antibacterial, moisture-wicking, and stain-resisting (not to mention biodegradable and renewable). 

Sheep grazing

OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 Wool

Our wool is gently shorn from grass-fed crossbred sheep, and sourced from farmers who genuinely care for the environment, encourage healthy ecosystems, and follow the “five freedoms” for animal welfare.

Our Wool meets the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 international mark of textile quality, indicating that it’s free from APEO, NPEO, pesticides, carcinogenic colourants, and heavy metals. We use it as an upholstery fabric and as a fluffy, comfy filling for chairs and sofas.

Oeko-Tex Logo

The Fabric

We spend a lot of time obsessing about fabrics, and we’re continually sourcing new options and raising our standards.

Gey fabric pile

Natural Fibers

The all-natural fabrics in our collection are selected for their beautiful textures and durability. We offer several cotton and linen upholstery fabrics, as well as some certified organic textiles. All are GOTS Certified, Greenguard Gold Certified, or Oeko-Tex 100 Certified.

Synthetics

When a fabric is synthetic, it’s a better synthetic, chosen for durability and healthier materials. Synthetics are generally easier to clean (and keep clean), making them a go-to for customers with busy households, kids, and pets. Several of our offerings incorporate plant-based water repellents to counter spills and stains, and are almost all certified eco-friendly by third-parties: Greenguard Gold or Oeko-Tex 100.

Linings

It’s not just the fabrics you can see and touch. All the linings inside our furniture are made of natural fibers like breathable cotton and jute, including some organic cotton certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard.

Global Organic Textile Standard Logo
Greenguard Gold Certified Logo

The Finish

We use a water-based finish that brings out the beautiful contrast of the grain in our wood pieces. It's matte and durable with superior resistance to stains, marring and fingerprint marks.

Wet olive leaves

Safe for people and the planet

Developed with physicians, allergists and environmental medicine specialists, our finish has been developed and recommended for people with chemical or environmental sensitivities, and was formulated to provide the least amount of off-gassing possible.

The finish avoids Prop 65 Chemicals and pollutants on the Environmental Protection Agency's HAPS (Hazardous Air Pollutants) list, and complies with California's Air Quality Management criteria: CDPH (California Dept of Public Health) and SCAQMD (South Coast Air Quality Management District).

Close-up of light grey fabrics
Light grey fabric pile

The Fabric

We spend a lot of time obsessing about fabrics, and we’re continually sourcing new options and raising our standards.

Natural Fibers 

The all-natural fabrics in our collection are selected for their beautiful textures and durability. We offer several cotton and linen upholstery fabrics, as well as some certified organic textiles. All are GOTS Certified, Greenguard Gold Certified, or Oeko-Tex 100 Certified.

FACT: In the world of cotton, organic farming produces around 46% less CO2 than conventional farming.

Synthetics

When a fabric is synthetic, it’s a better synthetic, chosen for durability and healthier materials. Synthetics are generally easier to clean (and keep clean), making them a go-to for customers with busy households, kids, and pets. Several of our offerings incorporate plant-based water repellents to counter spills and stains, and are almost all certified eco-friendly by third-parties: Greenguard Gold or Oeko-Tex 100.

Linings

It’s not just the fabrics you can see and touch. All the linings inside our furniture are made of natural fibers like breathable cotton and jute, including some organic cotton certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard.

Global Organic Textile Standard Logo
Greenguard Gold Certified Logo
Wet olive leaves

The Finish

We seal our case goods, tables, desks, and most of our chairs with a water-based finish that brings out the beautiful contrast of the wood grain. It's matte and durable with superior resistance to stains, marring and fingerprint marks. Furniture legs and bases are coated with a 100% bio-based polish or a self-sealing, waterborne acrylic finish for superior protection.

Safe for people and the planet

Developed with physicians, allergists and environmental medicine specialists, our water-based finish has been created and recommended for people with chemical or environmental sensitivities, and was formulated to provide the least amount of off-gassing possible. It avoids Prop 65 Chemicals and pollutants on the Environmental Protection Agency's HAPS (Hazardous Air Pollutants) list, and complies with California's Air Quality Management criteria: CDPH (California Dept of Public Health) and SCAQMD (South Coast Air Quality Management District).

Our bio-based finish is 100% natural and USDA-Certified, and our waterborne acrylic finish is a low-VOC formula that meets or exceeds AWI & KCMA standards for durability and outstanding quality.

The Finish

Our natural beeswax polish nourishes, protects, and accentuates the beauty of our woods, bringing a matte finish and gorgeous, subtle glow to each piece.

Three simple ingredients

We nourish all our wood with Daddy Van's natural furniture polish, which has just three ingredients: beeswax, carnauba wax, and olive oil. That’s it!

Safe for people and the planet

Breathe easy: Daddy Van’s USDA-Certified, 100% bio-based polish leaves out unwanted volatile organic compounds and is odor-free.  

The Foam

We offer two kinds of foam cushions: CertiPUR-US®-certified foam and certified organic natural latex. If you want to know more (like, way more) about our natural latex, please get in touch. We love to nerd out about it.

Hands pressing on grey fabric

CertiPUR-US®-Certified Foam

All synthetic foams are not created equal. This polyester foam is the cleanest synthetic choice on the market. It’s certified by CertiPUR-US® (which is the highest standard for the industry).

Organic Natural Latex

Made from the sap of rubber trees, this foam is comfortable, breathable, and amazingly durable. When you choose natural latex foam, it means your furniture is 100% natural from the inside out (which is hard to find!). Ours is certified organic by The Global Organic Latex Standard.

Global Organic Latex Standard Logo
Certipur US Logo

The Wool

Wool is such a magical material. It’s naturally breathable, hypoallergenic, temperature-regulating, antibacterial, moisture-wicking, and stain-resisting (not to mention biodegradable and renewable). 

Sheep grazing

OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 Wool

Our wool is gently shorn from grass-fed crossbred sheep, and sourced from farmers who genuinely care for the environment, encourage healthy ecosystems, and follow the “five freedoms” for animal welfare.

Our Wool meets the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 international mark of textile quality, indicating that it’s free from APEO, NPEO, pesticides, carcinogenic colourants, and heavy metals. We use it as an upholstery fabric and as a fluffy, comfy filling for chairs and sofas.

Oeko-Tex Logo

The Foam

We offer two kinds of foam cushions: CertiPUR-US®-certified foam and certified organic natural latex. If you want to know more (like, way more) about our natural latex, please get in touch. We love to nerd out about it.

CertiPUR-US®-Certified Foam

All synthetic foams are not created equal. This polyester foam is the cleanest synthetic choice on the market. It’s certified by CertiPUR-US® (which is the highest standard for the industry).

Organic Natural Latex

Made from the sap of rubber trees, this foam is comfortable, breathable, and amazingly durable. When you choose natural latex foam, it means your furniture is 100% natural from the inside out (which is hard to find!). Ours is certified organic by The Global Organic Latex Standard.

The Fabric

We spend a lot of time obsessing about fabrics, and we’re continually sourcing new options and raising our standards.

The Wool

Wool is such a magical material. It’s naturally breathable, hypoallergenic, temperature-regulating, antibacterial, moisture-wicking, and stain-resisting (not to mention biodegradable and renewable). 

OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 Wool

Our wool is gently shorn from grass-fed crossbred sheep, and sourced from farmers who genuinely care for the environment, encourage healthy ecosystems, and follow the “five freedoms” for animal welfare.

Our Wool meets the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 international mark of textile quality, indicating that it’s free from APEO, NPEO, pesticides, carcinogenic colourants, and heavy metals. We use it as an upholstery fabric and as a fluffy, comfy filling for chairs and sofas.

FACT: Wool is unexpectedly amazing when it comes to fire safety. Due to the way the wool strands are structured, they are naturally flame-resistant. It’s science!

Grey fabrics piled up

Natural Fibers

The all-natural fabrics in our collection are selected for their beautiful textures and durability. We offer several cotton and linen upholstery fabrics, as well as some certified organic textiles. All are GOTS Certified, Greenguard Gold Certified, or Oeko-Tex 100 Certified.

FACT: In the world of cotton, organic farming produces around 46% less CO2 than conventional farming.

Synthetics

When a fabric is synthetic, it’s a better synthetic, chosen for durability and healthier materials. Synthetics are generally easier to clean (and keep clean), making them a go-to for customers with busy households, kids, and pets.

Several of our offerings incorporate environmentally-safe Fibreguard yarn or plant-based water repellent to counter spills and stains, and all are certified eco-friendly by third-parties: Greenguard Gold Certified or Oeko-Tex 100 Certified are the standards for almost all of the synthetics we offer.

Linings

It’s not just the fabrics you can see and touch. All the linings inside our furniture are made of natural fibers like breathable cotton and jute, including some organic cotton certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard.

Global Organic Textile Standard Logo
Greenguard Gold Certified Logo

The Finish

We seal our case goods, tables, desks, and most of our chairs with a water-based finish that brings out the beautiful contrast of the wood grain. It's matte and durable with superior resistance to stains, marring and fingerprint marks. Furniture legs and bases are coated with a 100% bio-based polish or a self-sealing, waterborne acrylic finish for superior protection.

Wet olive leaves

Safe for people and the planet

Developed with physicians, allergists and environmental medicine specialists, our water-based finish has been created and recommended for people with chemical or environmental sensitivities, and was formulated to provide the least amount of off-gassing possible. It avoids Prop 65 Chemicals and pollutants on the Environmental Protection Agency's HAPS (Hazardous Air Pollutants) list, and complies with California's Air Quality Management criteria: CDPH (California Dept of Public Health) and SCAQMD (South Coast Air Quality Management District).

Our bio-based finish is 100% natural and USDA-Certified, and our waterborne acrylic finish is a low-VOC formula that meets or exceeds AWI & KCMA standards for durability and outstanding quality.

The Fabric

We spend a lot of time obsessing about fabrics, and we’re always sourcing new ones and trying to raise our standards. We offer natural fabrics like cotton, hemp, and wool, as well as some certified organic textiles.

Linings

It’s not just the fabrics you can see and touch. All the linings inside the furniture are made of certified organic cotton by the Global Organic Textile Standard.

Synthetics

When a fabric is synthetic, it’s a better synthetic, chosen for durability and healthier materials. Greenguard Gold Certified or OEKO Certified are the standards for almost all of the synthetics we offer.

FACT: In the world of cotton, organic farming produces around 46% less CO2 than conventional farming.

What we're *not* made of

Some of the things that don’t go into our furnishings:

Fire Retardants:

pentaBDE, octaBDE, decaBDE, perchloroethylene, bisphenol A and triclosan.

Ozone Depleters:

chlorofluorocarbons and hydrochlorofluorocarbons.

Heavy Metals:

lead, mercury, cadmium, and nickel.

Pesticides and Wood Preservatives:

pentachlorophenol and atrazine.

Known Carcinogens:

formaldehyde and azo dyes.

Phlalates:

diisononyl phthalate (DINP), diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP), di-n-pentyl phthalate (DPENP), di-n-hexyl phthalate (DHEXP) and dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP).

Yikes! What is all this stuff? So glad you asked.

Most furniture right now is industrially mass-produced (there’s a 98% chance that you’re sitting on mass-produced furniture while you read this). Most of that furniture is manufactured, dyed, spill-proofed, etc., using chemicals like these.

When you start to do some research (like we did), you find out: this is stuff you’d rather not have around the house, and for pieces such as our sofas and sectionals, we make sure of it.

Here’s what we think: What’s not in your furniture is just as important as what is. If you’re curious about what this stuff is and how Medley keeps it out of your home, give us a shout!