With Australians becoming more environmentally conscious and the global food service contributing on a massive scale towards global warming, it’s hardly surprising that consumers looking to dine out are shifting towards eateries doing their bit for sustainability.
Whether it’s a café, pub, restaurant, or hotel, in order to be considered an ethical choice for consumers, sustainability has to be in evidence everywhere, and that includes the choice of furniture. There’s simply no point in serving local produce and advertising zero waste and sustainable ethics, if the tables and chairs you’re providing for customers have come from unethical areas.
Sustainability is a rapidly growing market, and if you want your share of the pie, then every area of your business needs to radiate sustainability in all that you do.
What your furniture is made from may seem a relatively small detail, but it’s important for many reasons.
What exactly is sustainable furniture?
It comes under many different guises including green furniture, ethical furniture, and eco furniture. While the names are very different, the characteristics of the furniture remain the same.
Firstly, the material the furniture is made from needs to be sustainable. It should also be durable and have an ethical manufacturing and deliver process for it to be truly sustainable. These considerations appeal to consumers who are socially conscious, which is why considering each detail is important.
What sort of material to choose?
There are several materials to consider, including:
- Wood – This can be sustainable providing you source it from the correct suppliers. It’s also a great way of creating that natural, inviting appearance which the majority of sustainable environments try to achieve.
- Steel and aluminium – These materials are both widely used, especially in café furniture, and steel is in fact the most widely recycled material in the whole world. Cast iron is another good option which is very durable. Plastic furniture, unless it’s made from recycled plastic is best avoided.
It goes without saying that leather isn’t a wise choice but if you love the appearance and low maintenance of leather, then choose a faux leather option instead.
In terms of upholstery, cotton is both durable and biodegradable which makes it a good choice. Linen too would be suitable.
Wood is often the most popular choice for café and restaurant furniture so it’s important to check that it comes from a sustainable source before you buy it. Here at Café Chairs Melbourne our sustainably sourced wood furniture is clearly marked with a green symbol.
Sustainable forests are those that are managed responsibly in a fashion that avoids damaging the ecosystem, wild animals, and even the trees themselves.
Long lasting and durable
One thing that’s often overlooked when buying sustainable furniture is its longevity. It stands to reason that if you’re supporting sustainability, then you don’t want furniture that is going to fall apart and need replacing within a year.
Upcycling your furniture
If you simply fancy a change of furniture because you’re tired of it, rather than it needs to be replaced, then why not consider upcycling it by giving it a fresh coat of paint or changing the seat covers, giving them a new lease of life?
We try and include as many details as we can about our café furniture but please, if you need answers to your questions then don’t hesitate to call the team at Café Melbourne or take a visit to our furniture showroom to speak to someone face to face.