You’ve heard the terms sustainable and organic. But what do they mean? And how can you be sure to act in an environmentally responsible way when choosing student furniture with fabric for the college dorm room? At University Loft Company, we want you to make the best and most-informed decision you can make when it comes to choosing environmentally-friendly college furniture, so read on to find out the answers to these eco-important questions:
The term “sustainable” deals more with the production and manufacturing ends of the supply chain; while “organic” relates to the planting, growing and harvesting of fibers. Even natural fibers like cotton, linen, hemp and bamboo are not sustainable if they contain unacceptable levels of harmful chemicals that could harm the environment in their next stage of life. This is because most of the environmental impact comes from the dyeing and finishing of fabric.
For fiber to be considered “organic”, it must be raised and harvested according to strict standards that ensure there will be little or no impact to the soil in which the plants are grown, the surrounding environment in which they are raised, or to the workers who harvest and bring the fibers to the next level of the supply chain.
So, can you get organic and sustainable fibers in the fabric components of your student furniture? Can you get Environmentally Farmed Timber and solid wood construction for dorm room beds and desks and dressers? Can you get all these attributes from a single college furniture manufacturer? Yes, yes, and yes you can – by choosing University Loft Company for your student residence life furnishings.
The ULoft Blog Team
About University Loft Company and our solid wood modular residence life furniture:
Since 1984, when James Jannetides built a loft configuration for his own dorm room at Southern Illinois University, hundreds of thousands of college students have enjoyed better campus living thanks to University Loft furniture. Today, University Loft serves more than 1,200 colleges, universities and related student housing partners. As Jannetides’ says: “We are always learning, always innovating, and always improving … our environment, our products, and our service. We are University Loft Company.”