In the Market for a New Sofa? Here Are 6 Sustainable (and Seriously Comfy) Options
With a big investment like a new couch, you want to make sure it checks all your must-have boxes: comfortable, stylish, easy to clean, and made from materials that will help—not hurt—the planet. Throw quality-made and affordable into the mix and it might start to seem impossible that you’ll find options for sustainable couches that will meet all your criteria.
Helping people check all those boxes was the ethos behind the launch of Designer Looks Furniture's new Eco-Performance fabrics made from REPREVE fibers, which are created from landfill-bound plastic bottles and used to cover the brand's signature style of built-to-last, designer furniture without the designer prices. (P.S. Lots of the sectionals are lookalikes for popular sofas at high-end retailers, but made from sustainable materials for a fraction of the cost.)
“REPREVE collects and retrieves plastic bottles from landfills and from waste areas all over the world and then cuts [them] up into small plastic flakes,” says upholstery merchant Rachel Anderson. “These plastic flakes are then processed, melted, and formed into resin, which is then re-melted in a secondary process to create fiber that will then be spun into yarn.”
This yarn is used in at least 30 percent of the fabrics used in the Make-It-You Eco-Performance collection, Anderson says, which means a three-piece sectional is responsible for upcycling up to 319 plastic bottles.
Plus, Anderson notes that the collection contains more than 20 stain-resistant, eco-friendly fabrics to choose from, so it's easy to find a texture, color, and design that will fit your decorating aesthetic, no matter which style boxes are on your checklist.
Scroll down for 6 sustainable couches you'll want to add to your living room ASAP.
If your idea of a perfect day is sinking into a squishy sofa and cocooning yourself in a blanket with a good book or a rom-com, this lounge-y sectional is for you. The style is reminiscent of the iconic cloud couch (sustainable dupe? Yes please!), while the moisture-repelling, eco-performance fabric makes it easy to clean so you don’t need to worry about dropping crumbs during your movie marathon.
This cushy, jewel-toned piece makes an automatic statement in any room. Its modern look and curved arms create a flawless mix of elegance and comfort, plus you can customize the seat depth and fabric color to meet all your comfort and style requirements.
This simple-yet-classic sectional is the perfect pop of color in any small to mid-sized space. Not only can you decide if you want it oriented right- or left-facing, but there are also two cushion options: foam comfort for medium support or hybrid comfort for a soft, memory foam feel. Either way, this sofa will retain its sleek shape after sitting (which means no sagging in sight).
Kick your feet up on the matching ottoman to the couch of your dreams. With extra deep seats and cozy, padded sides, this will be the sofa everyone grapples for during movie nights. Plus, it comes with six accent pillows (each of which equates to 16 upcycled bottles) for max comfort from every angle.
Looking for an effortlessly fashionable couch in a stunning, earthy-tone? The clean-cut Winston Sofa will look good in any room. Not to mention, the reversible cushions can easily be flipped to extend their life, ensuring this homey couch will stand the test of time.
After a long day, can you think of anything better than flopping into this thickly cushioned chair? This gorgeous seat will give your space the refresh you’ve been looking for, and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that it’s made with up to 65 recycled plastic bottles, making your relaxation time work double time.
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