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.

Drawings of beehive, olive leaves, globe, and sheep

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

Drawings of beehive, olive leaves, globe, and sheep

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
Drawing of wood

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.

Bamboo

We also use solid bamboo which is great because it grows fast—it’s technically a “woody grass,” so it’s rapidly renewable. Bamboo is super strong (and not just for a grass).

FACT: Bamboo plants generate 35% more oxygen than an equivalent planting of trees. Thanks for the breath of fresh air, bamboo.

Forest Stewardship Council Logo
Drawing of wood

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
Drawing of wood

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. 

Bamboo

We also use solid bamboo which is great because it grows so fast – it’s technically a “woody grass,” so it’s rapidly renewable. Bamboo is also super strong (and not just for a grass).

Forest Stewardship Council Logo
Hands pressing down on grey fabric
hands pressing down on fabric
Drawing of foam

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 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 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
Drawing of sheep

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
Drawing of foam

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
Drawing of sheep

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
Drawing of fabric swatches

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.

Gey fabric pile

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.

Global Organic Textile Standard Logo
Greenguard Gold Certified Logo
Drawing of beehive and olive leaves

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.

Wet olive leaves

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.  

USDA Certified bio product
Close-up of light grey fabrics
Light grey fabric pile
Drawing of fabric swatches

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 natural fibers like cotton and jute, including some organic cotton which by the Global Organic Textile Standard.

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. Greenguard Gold Certified or OEKO Certified are the standards for almost all of the synthetics we offer.

Global Organic Textile Standard Logo
Greenguard Gold Certified Logo
Wet olive leaves
Drawing of beehive and olive leaves

The Finish

Our natural beeswax and plant-based polishes nourish, protect, and accentuate the beauty of our woods, bringing a matte finish and gorgeous, subtle glow to each piece.

Simple ingredients

Made of just beeswax, carnauba wax, and olive oil, we use Daddy Van's furniture polish on our case goods, chairs, and sofas, and linseed oil-based Rubio Monocoat finish on our desks and tables. 

Safe for people and the planet

Breathe easy: our Rubio Monocoat oil and Daddy Van’s USDA-Certified, 100% bio-based polish are odorless and leave out unwanted volatile organic compounds.  

USDA Certified bio product

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.  

Drawing of foam

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
Drawing of sheep

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.

Drawing of fabric swatches

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.

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

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.

Global Organic Textile Standard Logo
Greenguard Gold Certified Logo
Drawing of beehive and olive leaves

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.

Wet olive leaves

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.  

USDA Certified bio product

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!