As more and more people turn to ethical products for interior design, The Living Rooms in Norwich tip Mango Wood furniture to be the sought-after material for 2013.
Global Warming. Sustainability. Fair Trade. Ethical Living. They're all words and phrases we will recognise and the media is pushing them more and more into the limelight to try to encourage us to do something before the world falls around our feet. Living sustainably and reducing your carbon footprint is an aim for many and it isn't as difficult as it may initially seem.
The Living Rooms, with the tag line 'beautiful furniture that doesn't cost the earth' is promoting mango wood furniture, offering a sustainable option to those looking to furnish their house. In addition to being sustainable, the manufacturing company pay above local wage rates, provide healthcare insurance and paid holiday, effectively 'fairly trading'.
We've heard the fact that our woods are disappearing and that the rainforests are rapidly disappearing - over 50% of the worlds total rainforest acreage has been destroyed in the past 50 years. Yet we still are all looking for hardwood furniture to place in our homes. Many are unaware that there is a sustainable option. "Mango wood furniture offers a sustainable option to those furniture hunting" says Jill Roberson of The Living Rooms "and the best thing is that it is beautiful too."
Mango wood is a by-product of the mango industry. After a certain amount of time, mango trees don't produce fruit as effectively so the trees are harvested and used in the furniture industry which also offers a second income stream to mango farmers. Mango wood varies in colour and the grain makes each piece individual.
"Online images cannot do this beautiful furniture justice" added Jill, " we often get plenty of compliments about the furniture as people wander around the show room, and once you've got one piece it's difficult to resist another."
A report by the guardian looked into high street furniture retailers before Christmas to see if retail staff were aware of ethical timber sourcing programmes, and it appears that, categorically, the answer was no. In the mid-1990s, Greenpeace campaigns exposed the illegal origins of some timbers in Vietnamese factories, which led many leading retailers to jump on the bandwagon. More talk about sustainability in the media may catch more people's eye - mango wood furniture might become a more highly sought after item as ethical living hits people's priorities.