In the old days, when it came to purchasing new furniture, consumers would ask themselves a few basic questions; what is the price? Color? Brand? That was the basis of purchasing your furniture, and that's all we really needed to know. Now that society has transitioned into a more and more economically friendly environment, consumers want more questions answered when it comes to purchasing products; what are the materials made of? Are they safe? How environmentally friendly are they?
If you're curious to find out how these materials stack up against each other, which furniture produces the least carbon footprint, or are looking to go green when it comes to purchasing furniture, then we a great MATERIALS SMACKDOWN article on wood vs metal vs plastic furniture.
Author Andrew Michler describes how metal is one of the most environmentally friendly when it comes to health, recyclability and durability.
It is very important to make sure you know what you are purchasing in terms of health. "Poor indoor air quality is often related to toxins in furnitures, and can cause all sorts of health problems like emphysema, asthma, headaches and fatigue." Michler states that metal with no VOC finishes is one of the best materials to use.
The article also describes how "metal furniture is often a great bet in terms of recyclability" and how "steel and aluminum furniture are likely already made of recycled content."
Finally, the article wants people to inform consumer that quality counts so the cheaper the product, the probably less "green friendly" it will be. Over 95% of Competitive Metals products are USA made and of top quality. We pride ourselves in selling the best metal materials to both consumers and businesses.
In the end, when it comes to the material smackdown, we have to say metal takes the lead in terms of your health, the environment and its sustainability over plastic and wood.