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Being Eco-Friendly at The Roomplace

Make your choice Green!

What do you consider when you are choosing a place to buy furniture from?  I’m sure you probably think about the quality, cost, delivery options, financing, warranties, selection and reputation of the brand and/or furniture retailer. Is it fair to say that those are the most important factors?  Maybe not, have you ever considered not purchasing furniture from a retailer because they aren’t green, as in eco-friendly? 

With the changes in the earth’s atmosphere the concept of “going green” has gone from being a craze to being a lifestyle change for many people.  Blue recycling bins can be found virtually everywhere, along with people who are willing to play their part to save our environment. However, saving our environment only begins with the small things that can fit into a can.  What about larger items, such as a mattress, living room furniture or bedroom furniture?  Do you think recycling furniture is eco-friendly? Here’s an interesting fact:

While mattresses are one of the most difficult items to recycle, “95% of the material in mattresses is recyclable.  Metal springs can be recycled and the steel reused.  Polyurethane foam can be shredded and used for carpet pads and insulation. Wood in foundations can be processed by wood chippers used for fuel or mulch. (Source:  Enviro-Recycle)” Powered with that knowledge, let me ask what do you think about recycling your old mattress?  Or better yet, “will your furniture retailer recycle your old mattress?”  Silence is golden and it’s ok not to know, but my answer is The Room Place will.

While many companies prefer just throwing away that old mattress, The Room Place and their 300,000 square foot Distribution Center is playing their role in protecting our planet by being eco-friendly and recycling it.  In fact they are not only recycling mattresses, The Room Place also recycles the packing materials such as the cardboard, Styrofoam, and the plastic that is used to protect your Bedroom or Living room furniture prior to delivery. Now, this is no small feat as the Distribution Center is responsible for supporting 21 stores within the Chicagoland and Indiana area.  That means literally tons of recyclable material enter and exit those doors daily.  For a better understanding of how much is recycled on a monthly basis, let’s review the numbers:

The Room Place recycles 41.835 tons of cardboard per month on average.

Fun Fact:  Recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves 9 cubic yards of landfill space and 46 gallons of oil. (Source: Earth911)

Monthly The Room Place recycles 675 pounds of Styrofoam per month on average.

Fun Fact:  A male Siberian Tiger (Amur Tiger) typically weighs between 450 – 675 lbs. (Source: Pittsburgh Zoo)

1,116 pounds of plastic is recycled through The Room Place’s Plastic Bailer Per Month.

Fun Fact:  1,116 pounds is equivalent to lifting 11 couches or 13 love seats from the Bravado Collection.  By the way, the Bravado Living Room Collection is made of eco-leather and from an eco-friendly manufacturer.

So while other furniture retailers are filling our landfills with countless numbers of mattresses and recyclable material. Consider the Eco-Friendly alternative and go Green with The Room Place!

1 reply »

  1. I’m glad establishment such as those support green living. I also recently read this post about green furniture. Very interesting read.

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