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The use and the passage of time always takes its toll on furniture, even if its quality is the best on the market. The same thing happens with eco-friendly furniture: wear and tear also occurs. In addition, in the case of ecological furniture, it must be taken into account that they are made with environmentally friendly raw materials, such as chemical-free wood or materials that have been recycled and processed for a new use, so they may require more specific furniture cleaning care and maintenance.


In Pau we manufacture our furniture under an ethical and sustainable concept offering our customers the best products convinced of their durability. Therefore, in this post we are going to give you some tips on how to care for and clean your ecological furniture.

Commitment to green cleaning

Green cleaning is a concept that promotes the use of products that have a lower impact on the planet and on the health of consumers.

The vast majority of cleaning products we have at home contain toxic and chemical substances such as ammonia, phenol or perborate, which are highly polluting and harmful to the environment.

On the other hand, cleaning products formulated in an environmentally friendly way aim to boost sustainability: they are made with biodegradable, easy-to-recycle and less polluting packaging. On the other hand, they do not generate strong odors or vapors, are not abrasive and rarely generate an allergic reaction when in contact with the skin. In addition, they are not tested on animals.

Thus, choosing ecological products for the care of our furniture not only favors our health but also the care of the planet.

Tips on eco-friendly furniture care and cleaning

Buying eco-friendly furniture implies that we also treat them in an environmentally friendly way in their maintenance: only in this way can we ensure that they have a long useful life. In addition, if we contribute to a low environmental impact care we are ensuring that, once their life cycle is over, their reintegration into the circular economy will be easier, always betting on sustainability.

Here are some basic tips on furniture care and cleaning of eco-friendly furniture:

Day to day life in the home

The daily life of a home makes the furniture suffer wear and tear, so it is important to take certain guidelines to promote the care of ecological furniture. It is necessary to ventilate and open the windows every day to avoid the excess of humidity since this expands the toxic elements. Plants also help to absorb these toxics, in addition to providing a decorative touch.

Use environmentally friendly products for cleaning

Many times we can find products sold as organic that in reality are not, as they contain some kind of toxic substance. It is therefore very important to check that these products meet three fundamental criteria: they have 100% biodegradable components, their design and manufacture have little environmental impact and their ingredients come from organic farming.

Natural cleaners

Some natural products that we have at home have an important cleaning power, although it may seem otherwise. For example:

  • Vinegar: excellent ecological grease remover due to its high acetic acid content.
  • Natural soap: cleans and disinfects any surface easily.
  • Lemon: antioxidant that acts as a stain remover and also has a very good smell.
  • Ethyl alcohol: it is the natural multipurpose par excellence that not only disinfects but also removes stains
  • Glycerin: a non-toxic cleaner that helps to preserve fabrics and gums.
  • Sodium bicarbonate: works against grease and as a disinfectant.


Wood care

Wood is one of the surfaces that suffers the most wear and tear, as well as one of the most delicate, so it is very important to maintain proper care. To obtain a natural shine the best thing is to apply a mixture of olive oil with lemon juice on the surfaces that we want to highlight. If we add beeswax to this mixture instead of industrial wax, we will be able to maintain the surface in perfect conditions as well as to enhance its shine.

When applying the cleaner it is advisable to do it always in the direction of the grain of the wood and with a microfiber cloth that does not scratch.

As for the atmosphere in the house, too much humidity causes the wood to expand; on the other hand, if it is too dry, it can cause shrinkage or slight cracks in the panels.

Fabric cleaning

Before applying any product, dry cleaning with a brush or vacuum cleaner is recommended to remove dust and dust mites that have accumulated. Then it is best to apply steam or hot water to soften the area, always using a sponge or soft cloth so as not to wear the fabric.

To clean fabrics it is best to use natural soap, a mixture of water with baking soda and lemon juice or vinegar, always depending on the type of fabric to be treated. To finish the cleaning we rinse the surface with a damp cloth and let it dry in the air.

As you have seen, ecological furniture requires specific cleaning and daily maintenance in order to keep it in the best possible conditions. From Pau, as sustainable furniture manufacturers, we recommend you to take into account the tips and guidelines of furniture cleaning care and maintenance that we have mentioned above in order to care for your furniture and extend its useful life as many years as possible.

Visit now our website and take a look at the design furniture catalogue to know what is the composition of each one of them, so you will know better how to carry out their daily care.

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Betting on sustainability and respect for the environment in the world of furniture does not only mean buying green furniture or those based on the circular economy, but other aspects must be taken into account, for example, the manufacturing process or the purchase of furniture from inhouse manufacturers.

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If you want to know what inhouse manufacturers are and why it is more sustainable to buy from this kind of company you can’t miss this post from Pau’s blog.

What are inhouse manufacturers

Inhouse manufacturers are those that cover the entire manufacturing process of a product: from design, choice of materials, manufacture of each part of the furniture, assembly and assembly, to preparation for sale. In this way, products can be customized more easily, a great advantage to take into account when developing a decorative project.

Within the inhouse manufacturing process, the manufacturers themselves are the ones who select the raw materials to be used in each item, as well as the fabrics or the type of wood to be used. Once the materials have been chosen, it is time to shape the design of the product and start manufacturing the different pieces that, when ready, will be assembled to give the final shape to the furniture.

Reasons why it is more sustainable to buy from inhouse manufacturers

Below we are going to list some of the reasons why it is more sustainable to buy from inhouse manufacturers when developing your decorating project:

Complete manufacturing process

As mentioned above, inhouse manufacturers develop the entire manufacturing process: from the choice of raw materials to the final assembly of the product. Controlling the manufacturing of a piece of furniture from start to finish means that there are no intermediaries in between and it is possible to know at all times how the product is evolving.

Raw materials from local and national producers

One of the best ways to promote sustainability is to buy raw materials from local and national producers. When we bet on proximity when purchasing raw materials, we are contributing to increase their reputation not only within our community but also abroad. In addition, it also benefits them not only economically but also allows them to hire more labor, creating new jobs for local residents. Finally, buying raw materials from local and national producers reactivates the local economy and small businesses as the expense is reinvested in the community itself.

Allows for greater customization

Having control over the entire manufacturing process allows companies to allow their customers to customize any part of the product. Since no parts are purchased from third parties, the manufacturers are present throughout the production of the furniture, providing customers with complete customization. For example, in the case of the Archie sofa covers, Pau offers our collection of 100% cotton and linen fabrics or, if you prefer, you can send us your own.



Pollution is reduced because there is less transportation

Purchasing raw materials from local or national companies and taking over the entire production process means greater sustainability, as it avoids the pollution emitted by the transportation of goods, one of the most environmentally damaging services in the current scenario. Buying products from geographical areas outside the national territory involves long journeys with the consequent energy cost of fuel and an increase in polluting gases.

Reduction in the use of plastics

Products that travel short distances have less need for protection with packaging and other types of plastic containers. Therefore, when we consume locally, we are helping to significantly reduce the use of plastics and cartons.

Increased recycling

Recycling is one of the foundations on which the manufacture of ecological furniture is based. For example: leftover wood is reused to make boards, thus giving it a new use; in the case of fabrics, all those that are no longer used are sent to a foundation that turns them into new pieces and whose profits go to the AECC of mama.

At Pau, we recycle more than 90% of what we produce, giving a new use to the by-product we generate.

Quality products with a long service life

Manufacturing products with quality materials, such as sustainable wood or ecological fabrics, considerably extends their useful life, thus favoring the circular economy.

How we at Pau are becoming more sustainable

In Pau we take into account the entire manufacturing process of a piece of furniture in order to be as sustainable as possible.

For example, the base of the sustainable sofas in the Archie collection is upholstered with elastic webbing recycled from rubber tires. In the case of the insoles used for manufacturing, they are not plastic and can be reused and recycled when they degrade or are no longer used.

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When it comes to wood, we always use wood from sustainable forests, which promote the replanting of trees without contributing to deforestation. All surplus wood is recycled and used to generate new products such as panels, and what is no longer useful is transformed into biomass.

As you have seen, Pau’s commitment to sustainability and the environment is not only about recycling materials or purchasing raw materials from local companies.

For this reason, we are currently installing 103 solar panels at our production center, which will enable us to produce between 60 and 65% of the energy we use. Specifically, we will avoid the annual emission of 16,170 kgs of CO2.

From Pau, as a sustainable furniture brand, we will continue our commitment to respect nature whenever it is in our hands, making furniture as sustainable as possible. Check now our catalog and discover the wide range of sofas we have available.

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Ecological and environmental awareness is making its way into interior design to such an extent that, nowadays, many are opting for a green interior design projects to give a differentiating point.

In this Pau’s post we are going to list some ideas to achieve an ecological and natural design giving it a fresh atmosphere and in connection with nature.

What is eco-design?

Ecodesign is based on a methodology that seeks to identify the environmental impact of a product or service during all phases of its life cycle in order to try to minimize any negative effects on the ecosystem.

If we apply it to interior design, eco-design will allow us to create a natural environment with refined and elegant finishes using all kinds of recycled and sustainable materials. Ecodesign is cheerful, bright and allows us to see life from another perspective while respecting the environment.

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Tips for a natural and green interior design

Next we are going to see how to achieve a natural and green interior design to have the most sustainable home possible:

Natural style materials

The most commonly used materials to create an eco interior design are those that remind us of nature itself and with which we will achieve a fresher environment: rope, wicker, bamboo or jute are the most recommended.

For example, jute is used in carpets of which we can find models of braided carpets, with cotton or colored ribbons, among others. In the case of bamboo the most common is to see it in blinds to dress the windows. With bamboo blinds we will get the light in, but reaching the necessary degree of intimacy. Wicker armchairs also give that natural touch to any space in your home.

Natural fabrics

If we talk about fabrics, we recommend the use of natural and organic fabrics, for example for bedding, curtains or bath linens such as bathrobes and towels, among others.

In the sustainable sofas we can also find natural fabrics in the upholstery, such as our Archie sofa. The covers of the Archie sofa are made of 100% natural cotton and linen fabrics, as well as completely removable and machine washable with water at less than 30 degrees. The frame of this sofa is made of pine and beech wood from sustainable European forests, and its base is upholstered with elastic webbing recycled from rubber tires.

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Examples of natural fabrics are organic cotton or linen, such as those in our Archie sofa, which are grown free of pesticides or artificial fertilizers and spun without chemicals, resulting in a fabric that is natural for both health and the planet. Organic wool is also used in these cases, as it is free of environmentally harmful bleaches.

Play with color

Colors are very important when it comes to giving personality to our project, however it is important to emphasize that, if we want to create an interior as ecological and natural as possible, we can not choose any type of paint, but we must opt for the so-called eco-paints.

This type of paints must be of natural, mineral or vegetable origin, that is, from renewable or biodegradable sources. To achieve this, minerals such as talc or iron oxide are used, as well as resins or oils that come from the bark, roots and leaves of trees. In addition, ecological paint is biodegradable and its life cycle is much more sustainable, always respecting nature.

As for colors, we recommend using green shades in all their variations, as well as whites, grays, ochers, terracotta or beige ranges. Vibrant colors show character and joy, so, if you want, you can also give some touches of blues or browns a little darker.

Reuse products for a new use

In our review of the best decotips to create a natural and eco interior we could not miss the reused and recycled furniture. The furniture is essential in any project and if we opt for furniture made from natural materials such as wood or cardboard, we will be contributing to improving the environment.

So, we can use pallets to create outdoor furniture, wooden boxes to make shelves, glass bottles to make lamps, dried tree branches to make coat racks, among many other ideas. Try not to throw away your old objects to give them a second life.

Take advantage of natural light

Light is a natural resource that must be maximized. To enhance this natural light it is best to use light color palettes, especially in curtains and main walls, to reflect and multiply the brightness.

If, for some reason, your home does not have enough natural lighting, the best way to try to be as eco-friendly as possible is to reduce energy use. And this is achieved by using LED bulbs that will not only help us to lower the electricity bill but also favor the reduction of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

Create life with plants

Plants bring us closer to nature in the best possible way, so we recommend that you use them to decorate any room of your interior design project.

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With plants we can make different compositions, for example: you can create a composition of hanging pots in an interior space with different types of plants or a collage with cacti of various shapes.

If you have little space, we recommend creating a natural wooden pole on which you can place 4 to 6 different plants, or use pallets hung on the wall as a planter to include a wide range of different plants.

Indoor plants not only bring great health benefits but also provide positive energy and allow you to create different decorative compositions.

Decorative elements evoking nature

Ornaments that reproduce forms of nature will bring us much closer to it.

Therefore, you can use dried flowers that, besides giving a vintage touch to your home, will never deteriorate. In addition to dried flowers, dried leaves, pine cones or shells also serve as a decorative complement. Use them on a plate or tray or create a collage with them, it will look amazing!

As you have seen, achieving a natural and green interior design is within everyone’s reach and we can do it in a simple way. In Pau, as sustainable furniture manufacturers, we want to help you complete this process, so in our catalog you will find products made in a sustainable way contributing to the improvement of the planet while respecting the environment.

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More and more people are opting for a sustainable and environmentally friendly way of life, using eco-friendly products in their daily lives. In the case of the furniture industry, there are also many companies that have taken the big step of manufacturing furniture based on eco-design and circular economy, not only because of the fact of making a sustainable product, but also because of the many advantages of eco-friendly furniture.

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In this post by Pau we are going to see what are the main advantages of ecological furniture and why choose this type of furniture over industrially manufactured furniture.

Advantages of eco-friendly furniture

They help create a fairer and more sustainable world

Every time we choose to buy an eco-friendly piece of furniture we are making a commitment to make our world a better place, not only on a socio-environmental level, but also on a social level.

Therefore, at Pau we recommend abandoning the linear economy model in which low-quality, single-use products are manufactured, and choosing the circular economy model based on making the most of resources and manufacturing with quality materials to maximise their useful life.

Preventing deforestation

The role of forests is fundamental for the conservation of the planet, not only because they retain 45% of the carbon of the earth’s surface, but also because they contain a large amount of flora and fauna that we must protect. That’s why choosing eco-friendly furniture prevents massive deforestation and illegal logging of endangered species.

It is very important to make sure that the wood used to make this type of furniture comes from sustainably managed forests, which promote the replanting of trees without contributing to deforestation. In this case, to ensure that the wood comes from such forests, look for the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) labels.

Create a healthy and harmonious home

As far as possible, it is advisable to avoid the furniture we buy being manufactured using elements that are harmful to health. In this case, this type of element not only affects the manufacturer, but also the end consumer.

Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to ensure that the lacquers and varnishes used are non-toxic, or that the upholstery and textiles are from ecological plantations without chemical treatments, among other aspects.


Its manufacture is harmless

Eco-friendly furniture not only creates a harmonious home, but its manufacture benefits both the person who makes it and the ecosystem itself.

And we say it is harmless because it is made from recycled materials, products from plantations or ecological farms, which have no CO2 emissions and help to conserve the environment.

Encourage recycling and reuse of materials

Another advantage of eco-friendly furniture is that it encourages and favours the reuse and recycling of materials. And this happens, for example, because when manufacturing an eco-friendly piece of furniture, all the material used are recycled pieces, as well as the surplus material is recycled for new uses. In other words, it is based on the circular economy mentioned above.

By choosing eco-friendly furniture we can make any space look different, as well as reusing items and pieces, giving them a second use and giving them a new life.

Extensive product catalogue

Just because they are eco-friendly and made from recycled materials does not mean that eco-furniture is going to look cold or be excessively expensive: quite the opposite.

The fact of using this type of materials for the manufacture of ecological furniture means that we have a wide range of products, with different designs, in different colours and with both traditional and more modern styles.

For example, in the Pau catalogue you can find a wide variety of ecological furniture that you can adapt to any style of project.

Versatility and adaptation to the environment

Eco-friendly furniture is very versatile, which means that it can be used for both indoor and outdoor decoration projects.

At this point, one of the main advantages of ecological furniture is that it is more resistant and withstands the inclemency of the weather better when placed outdoors.

As you have been able to see, the advantages of ecological furniture are many and at Pau, manufacturers of sustainable furniture, we are aware of this. For this reason, in the catalogue available on the website you can find a wide range of styles and models of ecological furniture so that you can select the most suitable for your project.

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Ecological awareness is a term that has taken off in recent years, and with good reason. Caring for the environment and the sustainability of the planet cannot be left aside and nowadays not only can it be applied to food or cosmetics, but also the world of furniture is becoming familiar with this trend and more and more companies are opting to manufacture green furniture.

What is green furniture?

The concept of “green furniture” or “ecological furniture” may seem very broad, but we could define it as all those pieces of furniture that are composed of natural or recycled materials without any type of additive that alters them and manufactured in the most respectful conditions both for the environment and for people. In addition, this type of furniture, in most cases, is handmade.

The woods used for the manufacture of ecological furniture are “eco-certified”, called PEFF or FSC certified and do not contain volatile organic compounds. In the case of the coverings, they are mostly jute, wool, cotton, linen… Always 100% natural and organic.

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Characteristics of green furniture

In order to classify a piece of furniture as eco-friendly, the life cycle of the product must be taken into account: conception and design, raw materials, the production process and the sale and distribution of the product.

Conception and design

When it comes to conceiving and designing ecological furniture, designers do so under a sustainable and ethical conception. Their aim is to manufacture durable, sustainable furniture with a friendly production based on the circular economy model, leaving aside the obsolescence that is assigned to many conventional furniture.

It is also important that the furniture is easy to dismantle, especially so that it can be better recycled. This type of furniture will be manufactured trying to optimise the use of raw materials and energy resources as much as possible, as well as trying to minimise CO2 emissions and reducing the environmental impact.

Appropriate sourcing and use of raw materials

The materials from which eco-friendly furniture is made should be natural, recycled or organically and sustainably produced.

For its production, the most commonly used raw material is wood, of which there are certifications that allow us to know if the wood comes from sustainably managed forests that promote replanting and not deforestation, as well as if it belongs to a species in danger of extinction. The most common wood certifications are: FSC certification (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC certification (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification).

Another type of materials used in the manufacture of ecological furniture are fibres of vegetable origin that come from ecological plantations and that do not receive any type of chemical treatment during their processing. Some vegetable fibres, due to their hardness, are used to make the structure of the furniture, while others are used for filling and padding. These fibres are: cotton, bamboo, wicker, rattan or esparto grass, among others.

Fibres of animal origin are also used which come from organic livestock farming and which, like vegetable fibres, do not receive any type of chemical additive during their treatment. These fibres are wool, silk or horsehair.

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Processing of the raw materials until they become furniture

Just as the design or sourcing of raw materials is very important when it comes to making green furniture, the production side must also be sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Ecological furniture should be produced using environmentally friendly production systems, minimising energy consumption and gas emissions, and with minimum waste generation.

In terms of finishing, traditional furniture often uses paints, adhesives, varnishes or solvents that are polluting and harmful to the environment and to health. In this case, green furniture usually has alternative finishes that are not harmful to the health of the people who make it. These types of finishes can be: water-based varnishes, natural beeswax, vegetable oils, for example.

Distribution and sale of the product

As in all phases of the manufacture of eco-friendly furniture, it is essential that the distribution, transport and sale of the furniture has the minimum impact on the environment.

Packaging must be sustainable and made from recycled materials. In terms of transport, it must be efficient not only in terms of space optimisation but also in the planning of the shipping route, saving energy and favouring efficiency.

The circular economy model

In addition to the concepts we have just seen, it is also important that eco-friendly furniture is manufactured based on the concept of eco-design following a circular economy model. The circular economy tries to minimise the impact on the environment not only during the manufacturing process, but also during its use and at the time of disposal.

But what is the circular economy?

The circular economy is a model based on the use of resources and the reduction of raw materials as an alternative to the linear economic model based on extraction, production, consumption and disposal.

The manufacturing process of goods and services involves an environmental cost not only at the time of production, but also at the end of its life cycle. In the case of the circular economy, we try to optimise materials and waste to the maximum by extending their useful life. In this way, we leave aside the current system of “use and throw away” to which we are accustomed and we favour respect for the environment based on prevention, repair, reuse and recycling.

The circular economy is based on the concept of the 7Rs: recycle, redesign, reduce, reuse, repair, renew and recover.

How to tell if a piece of furniture is eco-friendly

It is important to know how to differentiate an eco-friendly piece of furniture from one that is not, in order to avoid buying products that may not be in tune with our lifestyle and values.

In order to do this, we must look at the information provided by the manufacturer or the craftsman who makes them and check that they have FSC or PEFC certifications on environmental management. Wood, fibres and plastics must be classified and certified depending on their sustainability.

It is also important to take a look at the place of manufacture and whether priority has been given to purchasing and distribution from local or nearby businesses. In addition, this type of furniture has very careful manufacturing processes that guarantee sustainability and recyclability.

In the case of packaging, it is important to know how the furniture will be packaged to ensure that the use of plastics is reduced as much as possible. Transport and distribution must also be sustainable to try to reduce CO2 emissions.

As you have been able to see, the concept of ecological furniture is very precise and to be able to classify a piece of furniture as such it must meet a series of requirements. Only if these premises are met when manufacturing a piece of furniture can we contribute to creating a better, more sustainable and environmentally friendly world.

At PAU, a design and sustainable furniture company, we are committed to meeting all quality requirements and manufacturing standards to be able to offer ecological furniture with values. Visit our website and discover the perfect piece of eco-friendly furniture for your interior design project.

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