5 Eco-Friendly Ways to Recycle Your Old Furniture and Reduce Waste
If you’ve outgrown some of your old furniture, try selling it to put money towards new furniture. You can host a yard sale and invite family and friends to join or search if there’s a neighborhood yard sale event. You can also sell your furniture on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or Nextdoor. Selling your old furniture is especially worth the time if it’s still in perfect condition.
Donate your old furniture to charity or give it to someone who needs it. Freecycle, allows you to list unwanted items that local people can pick up from you if they are interested. If you live in the Bay Area, you can also donate to UHURU Furniture & Collectibles. They are a not-for-profit furniture resale shop supporting the local African American community.
Often you can recycle the material of the furniture itself. Search for places near you that recycle furniture. Urban Ore, located in Berkeley, recycles and sells old furniture. Their Building Materials receiving department accepts items like doors, windows, lumber, toilets, sinks, fencing, etc. Their General Store receiving department accepts clothing, furniture, and electronics.
Before getting rid of that old accent chair or sofa consider getting it reupholstered. A new piece of fabric might be just the thing you needed to bring that accent chair back to life. Contact your local upholsterer for tips and quotes on revamping your old couch, accent chair, dining room chairs, etc. If you’re in the Oakland area and interested in reupholstering a few pieces, contact Gonzalez Upholstery.