Earth Day Every Day

Happy Monday one and all! I hope you’re all doing ok out there (in there?).

As some of you may already be aware, last Wednesday, 22nd April, was Earth Day. In fact it was the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Obviously, every day should be earth day, but it’s always good to have a specific prompt to get you thinking about things.

Poster from https://www.earthday.org/

By switching to renewable energy, a few years ago, we know that every light bulb, staple gun and electric sander at happy HQ is powered by either sun, wind or water. And of course, when you get right down to it, the very nature of The Happy Chair Company is eco friendly – reducing the amount of furniture going into landfill, reusing those existing beautiful pieces, minimising the consumption of newly produced stuff. Then there’s the way we actually work on those rescued pieces of furniture – always with sandpaper and elbow grease over harsh chemicals (no Nitromors here).  We also try to be aware of our paint usage – over half of our painted items are created with low VOC paints.

When it comes to upholstered pieces, we try to use as much deadstock fabric as we can – again, reducing the amount of material headed for landfill, and also saving gallons and gallons of water, by not using newly produced fabric – Amo Threads, a website which specialises in selling deadstock fabric, has a handy little water saving calculator. We save on average 890 gallons of water per chair when we use deadstock fabric!

The most difficult thing to dispose of is old sofa or chair foam – so if anyone out there has any tips on that, I’d love to hear from you!

And then, there’s going plastic free – it’s a big trend, but also a long game.  Throwing out all the plastic you currently have is not only wasteful (where’s it going to go?) but also expensive – replacing everything all at once is just not an economic option for most people, and especially not a micro business like mine.  Instead, as things run out and need replacing, I’m making a conscious effort to use that opportunity to switch to a more environmentally friendly option.  Take bubble wrap, for instance –

We’re recently made the switch to paper wrap (a bit like corrugated card), which is both fully recycled and fully recyclable. And I’m happy to report, so far, so good! Thanks to the wrap and our careful couriers, all you lovely pieces are still arriving with you in perfect condition.

At the moment, we still use plastic tape to hold all the green bubble wrap in place, because I still have rolls of it to use up.  But when they’re gone, I’ll be searching out more eco minded alternatives, for sure.  The long game, my friends.

There is of course always more to do on the green front. But doing the best you can with what you have is a great place to start.

For some green and eco inspiration, check out @sustainableish , @notbuyingnew, and of course, @earthdaynetwork on Instagram! Oh, and us of course @thehappychair 😉

Have a great, green week,

H xxx

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