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Recycle Your Sofa With The Help of Slipcovers

Written by green1 on Mar 3rd, 2009 | Filed under: green projects

Recycle Your Sofa

It always amazes me when I see an unwanted couch left in the street with the garbage, destined for landfill.  Unfortunately, in today’s disposable society, it’s all too common for people to throw out perfectly usable sofas and chairs just because the pattern is no longer fashionable or the color doesn’t match their newly decorated walls.

This is where slipcovers come in.  Slipcovers are a green option because they can extend the life of old furniture, saving it from landfill.  I don’t know exactly how much energy is used to manufacture and deliver a new sofa, but I imagine a sofa’s carbon footprint to be quite high.  By using a slipcover on your old furniture, you can give your room a smart new look and do your bit for the planet at the same time.

surefit-riverstone-organic-cotton-slipcover Recycle Your Sofa With The Help of Slipcovers

Having a “make do and mend” philosophy is a big part of an eco-friendly lifestyle, but having said that, we all like our homes to be inviting and to look nice.  We don’t really want tatty-looking furniture on show.  Slipcovers are a good compromise as they can “mend” the problem of faded, stained or worn upholstery, saving you the unnecessary cost of buying new furniture.

Of course, new slipcovers aren’t made from recycled materials and have their own carbon footprint. However, given the alternative of disposing of a sofa or armchair, using slipcovers is the greener option for the house-proud environmentalist.  It’s encouraging to see that one of the leading slipcover companies, SureFit, has introduced a range of organic slipcovers- which makes them an even greener choice.  I know how hard it can be to furnish your home using fabrics made from purely natural or organic materials, so this is a welcome step in the right direction.

surefit-aspen-organic-cotton-slipcover Recycle Your Sofa With The Help of Slipcovers

These slipcovers are made from washable, 100% organic cotton and are easy to fit over your existing upholstery.  They have a straight skirt style, with decorative ties at the front of each arm.  The Aspen is in a solid color, either linen or sage, while the Riverstone has a striped pattern in a choice of blue or brown.  Currently they are only available in sofa and loveseat sizes, but I hope SureFit extends the range in the near future to include sizes to fit other furniture, such as armchairs and recliners.

Another plus point is that these SureFit slipcovers are priced fairly, so they are no more expensive than their non-organic counterparts.  So, if you want an affordable and environmentally kind way to give your room a makeover, why not consider using slipcovers to give your seats a green new look?

Note- This article was submitted by:  Caroline Smith

2 Responses to “Recycle Your Sofa With The Help of Slipcovers”

  1. I personally freecycle old furniture if I can’t use it myself. Another great way of avoiding sending furniture to landfill.

  2. That is a great idea. You could redesign your living room with spending very little money.

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