Emily Kroll, CEO and founder of upholstered furniture company EKLA HOME, has furniture design and environmentalism in her blood. The granddaughter of a furniture designer on one side, and an architectural and scrap metal recycler on the other, Kroll says she is "passionate about changing the way the furniture business works in the United States." She plans to do this by eliminating toxins, limiting waste and using sustainable materials. And EKLA certainly has a very impressive list of sustainable practices, perhaps one of the most impressive on the green furniture market today.
ELKA is a member of the Organic Trade Association, Sustainable Furniture Council, and Co-Op America. They have third-party certifications by FSC, Oeko-tex, KRAV, SCS Gold, and GREENGUARD. Their practices include using raw materials sourced as close to manufacturing facility as possible, producing all products in the U.S., and using only organic and non-toxic materials and the lowest VOC finishes possible. EKLA also uses reclaimed wood whenever possible and, otherwise, the wood is FSC Alder, a sustainable crop.
Other small details are paid attention as well such as recycling packing materials and operating the workshop on as much natural light as possible. One aspect that I particularly like is that no chemical flame-retardants are used, which can be highly toxic and are found on products ranging from pillows to children’s pajamas.
Their website is currently only displaying five style options at this time, but the pieces are modern and attractive, especially the Camille, Kristina, and Milano (pictured in this article). I have listed the specific eco-elements of some pieces below the photo. EKLA is certainly making an outstanding effort to create green furniture. A sentence on EKLA’s website states their goals beautifully : "Our devotion to craftsmanship and quality produces pieces that last a lifetime, and are lush and luxurious but never compromise our dedication to the environment." Visit their website for more information.
MILANO SOFA ROUGE – 100% organic wool, dyed with fiber reactive low impact, non-toxic dye. Construction: Natural Rubber, 100% organic US grown and milled wool, 100% organic cotton barrier cloth, FSC alder frame and legs, recycled steel springs, Safecoat no VOC stain.
KRISTINA SECTIONAL CITRUS – 100% organic wool, dyed with fiber reactive low impact, non-toxic dye. Construction: Natural Rubber, 100% organic US grown and milled wool, 100% organic cotton barrier cloth, FSC alder frame and legs, recycled steel springs, Safecoat no VOC stain.
Image credits: Elka Home.