"Fast" Facts About "Fast" Furniture

  • Americans buy $18,000 of furniture every second, which equates to 27,000,000 hectares of forests cut down or burned, 52,000,000 tons of PVC plastics produced, and 26,000,000 tons of cotton produced globally just this year alone
  • According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2018 there were 292.4 million tons of waste, with furniture accounting for 12.1 million tons (up from 2.2 million tons in 1960) 
  • 9 million tons of wood, metal, glass, fabric, leather, and foam end up in landfills
  • Materials and chemicals that make up fast furniture products are nearly impossible to process in a recycling facility
  • The growth in furniture waste has far exceeded the country’s population growth in the past six decades, and global green efforts are dwarfed by fast furniture waste
  • Particle board, which often contains formaldehyde, is a key component of mass-produced items, which requires more energy to manufacture and uses chemical adhesives. In fact, one mass-produced manufacturer uses 600 tons of wood particle board each day.
  • Synthetic fibers used in furniture are made from fossil fuels, which requires huge amounts of energy to manufacture, and requires water and energy to run factories
  • Chemical toxins found in fast furniture include formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, benzene, vinyl acetate, and more. These toxins have adverse effects on humans, and can lead to cancers, reproductive and respiratory system disorders, developmental effects, immune and central nervous system disorders, and kidney dysfunction, just to name a few.