LEATHER-The Lure of Leather

When looking for furniture the ultimate question appears when deciding on the upholstery, leather or fabric? There is a lot to be said about leather and its qualities. Leather has always held the status of being more expensive and creates the worry of whether it will withstand the test of children and pets. We may have some tips that would set these myths at ease.

One of the outstanding lines of leather furniture that is offered at Houseworks is American Leather. With a diverse selection of colors and grades of leather you are bound to find a combination of these factors that fit your wallet and taste.

Busting the myths about Leather

  • Leather is a low maintenance product
  • Under normal usage/conditions, regular dry-cloth dusting and vacuum cleaning in crevices or along the bottom is all that is necessary to clean your furniture.
  • The use of a good leather conditioner is recommended every 6-12 months.
  • Protect your furniture from sun and direct light. Like any upholstery material, leather can fade to some degree if exposed to the sun.
  • Although it is a mixed opinion on whether Leather is a green product new methods are in place in how leather is manufactured.
  • Leather is a sustainable product-it is biodegradable and is not processed with any chemicals that are harmful to the earth
  • Leather beauty increases with age

  • Leather lasts four times longer than fabric
  • It is a natural, breathable material, making it cool in the summer and warm in the cool months
  • Distinctive marks on the leather are natural markings and show character-these do not indicate flaws in the product-Rather highlighting the integrity and beauty of a natural product

  • American Leather offers two types of Eco Leather
    • Elmo Soft-Swedish full top grain, know for its supple hand and no visible natural markings. With an even heavier protection, this leather has an organic, contract-grade finish that withstands heat and fire testing
    • Eco-taken from Northern European hides, uses a chrome-free process for a soft, natural feel, free of chemicals. Eco leathers are best know for their use in cars such as Bentley and Ferrari-Vroooom!

GREENWASH-What that means for Customers

Everyone has heard about green-so much to the point it makes you green in the face. However, Green is here to stay and for many good reasons. As a consumer, it is very important to understand the meaning of Green washing. Each individual plays an important role in every purchase that they make. There are some companies that are taking advantage of this responsibility. Many companies use tactics such as environmental images and phrases on their packaging to make the consumer think they are doing something great for the environment. However it is knowing the correct facts about how the product was produced and its long term affects on human health that are important.

When looking for furniture-these same green washing tactics are used. It is the responsibility of the consumer to ask questions to make sure they are making the right decisions. Our physical well-being is affected by the finishes and furnishes that we select for our homes.

According to Furniture World magazine, Furniture is the third largest user of wood products. The carbon emissions that are produced for these woods to be deforested cause 25% of carbon pollutants. It is very important to look for furniture that has the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) stamped on the wood used. This indicates that there was responsible use of forest resources used for the furniture.

Another barrier in the furniture buying process is looking at the finishes on the furniture pieces. Varnish, lacquers and shellac are listed as natural finishes however they contain thinners with Volatile Organic Compounds. These are the compounds that are being lowered and removed from paint because of the off gassing into the air that we breathe in our homes and work. Looking for finishes that have a water base contain fewer harmful solvents and reduce your exposure to harmful vapors.

When looking for products that you can trust in sustainable practices Houseworks suggests Copeland. We have included a video that really describes the heart of the company and why it is a trusted company in the industry. Stop in our store and experience yourself as well.

Copeland Furniture

There are several companies that Houseworks is proud to carry in the store.  Ecofoam is a brand of mattress that we carry that is made from bamboo. Bamboo is a sustainable product. When the ecofoam mattress is made it produces no carbon emissions and it is biodegradable. It is packaged using minimalist practices to help keep the waste factor down. Our customers have compared the ecofoam mattress to other large, major brands and said that Ecofoam far surpasses competitors promoted benefits. The comfort of the mattresses from Ecofoam is beyond belief! Below are some comments from our customers who have purchased the ecofoam mattress.

“Hi David,

I have to say- I love this mattress!! Since I bought this bed, I have slept like a baby every night!! I no longer have pain and numbness in my arms as I did before I purchased this bed. I really am very pleased with it. Thanks again for your superb service!”

-Lisa R.

“FYI – we LOVE our new mattress.  Sorry that we’ve not called back about it, but you have two VERY happy customers! Thank you for helping us with our purchase.  We’ve been telling everyone we know about how lovely you were to work with, David.

Thank you, again!”

-Tia A.

You can read more about the Ecofoam mattress on our website at http://houseworks.biz/products.php?subid=38&page=1&prodid=1380