The Premium Eco Materials We’re Made Of
Your living space isn’t just your sanctuary – it’s also its own little ecosystem. Non-toxic, 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. Here’s what we’re made of.
The Premium Eco Materials We're Made Of
Your living space isn't just your sanctuary – it's also its own little ecosystem.
Non-toxic, eco-friendly furniture isn’t just 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. Here’s what we’re made of.
Solid wood (not plywood) is what makes furniture that will be around for the long haul. So you’ll be able to grow old together (but we prefer to think of it as “mature”).
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.
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).
FACT: Bamboo plants generate 35% more oxygen than an equivalent planting of trees. Thanks for the breath of fresh air, bamboo.
We nourish all our wood with a natural furniture polish. It has three ingredients: beeswax, carnauba wax, and olive oil. That’s it!
We offer two kinds of foam cushions: CertiPUR-US®-certified foam and certified organic natural latex.
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.
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). We use it as an upholstery fabric and as a fluffy, comfy filling for chairs and sofas. Wool outperforms any synthetic or natural fiber in virtually any category.
Cruelty-Free, Eco 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.
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!
FACT: Fifty per cent of the weight of wool is pure organic carbon.
FACT: A single wool fibre can be bent over 20,000 times without breaking and still bounce back to its original shape.
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.
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.
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
Here are 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. And 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!