Studies across the globe have shown that sustainable educational furniture is the best choice for students and also the planet. It is also a better option in terms of overall health of the students and also for the budget. Recent studies conducted by world health organizations have shown that even in the developed countries more than 40% of the schools have poor environmental and infrastructure condition. This compromises on the health of the students. This leads to more and more students falling ill and developing some or the other medical complications due to poor furniture selection by the school.
Sustainable furniture is a great alternative to the traditional school furniture and it is also beneficial for the student health wise. So what makes this furniture so unique and important?
It Uses Recycled Steel:
Furniture made with the betterment of the planet in mind is always beneficial and harmless. The sustainable furniture uses reused steel—which requires just 74% of the vitality that new steel requires. Reused steel additionally produces 86% less air contamination and 76% less water contamination than new metal.
It Uses Powder Coating:
The VOC which is harmful is not used in powder coating, which is good for children’s health. It is also more reusable then the regular paints. The powder coating also does not mix with the steel and thus never hampers recyclability. These are also non-hazardous when disposed of, so are ideal for any school furniture.
Manufacturing process and laminates: The manufacturing process used in making sustainable furniture is also very eco-friendly. The process has least possible waste and pollutants as output. It utilizes laminate that can be recouped and is produced using sustainable materials. The base of the material can be produced using trees—and utilize 95% of the tree—rather than dimensional wood, which just uses 63% of the tree.
It Is Good For Health:
The unsustainable furniture is made with toxic materials which is harmful for children and can cause many health complications in them. These can cause asthma, skin irritation, allergies and even cancer in children and staff. The sustainable furniture does not contain any toxic materials in its manufacturing and hence is safe for the children.
The Budget And Durability:
The sustainable furniture if taken in the long term prospective can be cheaper than the non-sustainable or traditional furniture as the sustainable ones last long. The life time of the wood is much lesser than of steel. The powder coating used in the sustainable furniture makes it last long and durable. It makes it hard and scratch and peel resistant. The sustainable furniture uses laminates that are high pressure tested. Which makes it last even longer and extends the duty cycles.
Thus we see that sustainable furniture is the need of the hour and a must have for any school. It not only makes the health of the students better but also gives them correct gestures, which would be beneficial for the rest of their lives.