Written by Margaret Schell, Arhaus Interior Designer
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When Arhaus first opened its doors in 1986, founder John Reed made a commitment to offer high quality furniture and home décor, while sustaining the earth’s natural resources. This is our ongoing quest—to create innovative designs using industry byproducts, being responsible in the way we source our natural materials, and find cherished beauty in discarded objects.
In honor of Earth Day 2019: Protect Our Species, we’d like to share the many ways Arhaus lives up to the commitment we made 33 years and 70 stores ago.
Sustainable Upholstery Construction
Arhaus sofas, sectionals and chairs are bench made in America using sustainable materials. Our frames are constructed from locally harvested wood certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, our spring suspension systems are made from recycled steel, and our eco-friendly foam cores are wrapped in soy based casings.
Sustainable Easy Care Fabrics
Our Easy Care Performance fabrics are made from eco-friendly upcycled fibers and recycled leathers. Upcycled is the method of taking discarded materials and reusing them in a way to make an even higher quality product. These fabrics are virtually unstainable, easy to clean and best of all, free of flame retardant and other chemical treatments. Who says you can’t have nice things without the chemicals?
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At Arhaus, we pride ourselves on our sustainable practices. We remain committed to never using wood from endangered rainforests. Instead, our reclaimed wood materials are salvaged from torn-down structures and trees that have fallen naturally or cut down due to development. Some of our reclaimed favorites include our Live Edge tables, the Sullivan office collection, and Baumann media unit.
One may see piles of metal scrap—we see beauty. Devoted to both their craft and their environment, our Mexican artisans transform mere copper and zinc alloy scraps into luxe metal masterpieces.
Glass is fully recyclable and can be recycled over and over again—so why shouldn’t it be? We make it a priority to use recycled glass in our decor as often as possible. Our Mexican Artisans find unique ways to breathe new life into these resources for everyone to enjoy in their homes.
Each year, Arhaus buyers travel the world in search for one-of-a-kind antiques. We bring these unique pieces straight to our showrooms and into your homes. By salvaging these one of a kind relics, we are providing a second life for these pieces—the most sustainable process anything can go through—Reuse.
This Earth Day, we celebrate the commitment we’ve made to help sustain our home, the earth. We hope our efforts inspire you to join the cause! Share your story with us @arhaus #arhausinmyhouse.