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Green furniture from dead elms

Århus

Detailed description of the Good Practice

Green Furniture" is a Danish association of joiners, designers, colleges and timber or furniture traders. Their objective is to promote local development and production of furniture and related products, and to combine ecological concerns, good craftsmanship, traditional and modern technology in doing so. Their idea of a sustainable piece of furniture is that at least 80 % of the materials should be renewable and harvested within 30 km of the place of production.

The project started in 1994 in the city of Århus in Jutland, where Dutch elm disease was taking a heavy toll. The first products were made from dead elms, plus local materials such as organically grown flax and seaweed. People wanting furniture or timber products were invited personally to choose which tree they would like to have theirs made of. Since the elm disease is still ravaging Denmark, "Green Furniture" still use a lot of elm wood, besides sawing and selling a surplus of timber from felled elms, which are available in greater quantity than they themselves can use. In making furniture they have continued to experiment with unconventional raw materials for lacquers and glue as well as upholstery. The venture has been so successful that thay have established a branch office in Copenhagen

sustainable consumption

Objectives of the Good Practice

to promote local development and production of furniture and related products, and to combine ecological concerns, good craftsmanship, traditional and modern technology in doing so

Participants of the Good Practice

Green Furniture" - Danish association

Target group of the Good Practice

citizens

More Details of the Good Practice

Documentation and documents

Available files

Contact details

Det Grønne Møbel (Green Furniture)
Address Jyllands allé 34, DK-8000 Århus C
Telephone +45-22 17 55 98
WEB-address http://www.dgm.dk

Data sources and references

 Stiftelsen Idebanken http://idebanken.no/english/Goodexamples/hoved.html (Accessed April, 10, 2009)