Whether the family is sitting down for dinner in the kitchen or you and your roommates are marathoning Netflix in the living room, the sustainable tables from these brands will be your new gathering places for enjoying meals, drinks, and conversations together.
The sustainable furniture brands featured in this guide have tables for any of your living and dining places: side tables, coffee tables, bar tables, dining tables, and even desks!
But first, you might be wondering: what is a sustainable table anyway?
What to Look for in a Sustainable Table
The word “sustainable” is used frequently and in so many different contexts that it can be difficult to pinpoint what exactly sustainable means.
That said, here are some key elements to consider when looking for your next coffee table, dining table, or desk.
When it comes to eco-friendly tables, wood is the most common material used because it’s a natural, renewable, and durable material that works with nearly any room or interior design style.
Note: If you find a brand that uses engineered wood or pressed wood, make sure to look on their website or ask about what adhesives are used. These products are often made from wood pieces that are bond together with glue that contains formaldehyde, which the EPA classifies as a “probable human carcinogen”.
Here’s what to look for to ensure sustainably-sourced wood:
- Reclaimed Wood. Using existing resources reduces waste and the need to cut down additional trees. Plus, reclaimed wood — especialcan add authentic character to your table!
- FSC-certified. The Forest Stewardship Council’s certification is the most widely used verification for responsible forestry practices. Just like any other large certification, the FSC seal is not perfect but can be an additional seal of approval to look for.
- Traceability. Look to see if the brand can tell you where the wood was sourced from. Usually, smaller furniture brands will be able to have more transparency and traceability of their supply chain!
- Local sourcing. Locally-sourced wood (from native or climate-appropriate trees) is preferable because sourcing locally reduces emissions from transportation.
Zero-VOC or Low-VOC Finishes
Similar to paints, finishes can contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Not only do VOCs create environmental hazards like air pollution and smog but they also pollute your indoor air too.
According to the EPA, health impacts of VOCs include:
- Eye, nose, and throat irritations
- Headaches and nausea
- Damage to the liver, kidney, and central nervous system
- Some VOCs are also known or suspected carcinogens
All too often we think of environmental sustainability as something separate from ourselves — something “out there in nature”.
But as with so many aspects of sustainability, what’s healthy for the environment is also often healthy for us as well — humans are, in fact, part of the environment. That’s why this sustainable table guide only includes non-toxic tables, too.
Other Sustainability Initiatives
Some other initiatives to look for from sustainable table brands include:
- Use of renewable energy to power their operations or the purchase of renewable energy credits to offset fossil fuel energy use.
- Take-back and/or repair programs to extend the life of their tables.
- Quality manufacturing that ensures durable products built to last.
- Trustworthy tree planting projects, especially if the company uses wood for their products.
What Furniture Brands Have Sustainable Tables?
Just as with fashion, looking secondhand first is a great way to find eco-friendly furniture at a more affordable price. Check out your local flea markets, secondhand stores, and keep an eye out for estate sales.
If you’re looking for a new eco-friendly table made from responsibly-sourced or reclaimed materials, take a look at the brands below!
Disclaimer: This guide includes affiliate links and partners, but as always all brands are vetted rigorously for sustainability and are brands we love, that we think you’ll love too
1. Maiden Home
Maiden Home is a woman-founded furniture brand that produces all of their furniture made-to-order in North Carolina, which is, as the brand explains, “home to the world’s premier furniture craftsmen”.
And all of their wood furniture — like their sustainable dining tables, coffee tables, benches, and ottomans — is made from responsibly sourced hardwood that meets the standards of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
This is heritage furniture build to last generations — and as a direct to consumer brand, Maiden Home can create luxury quality furniture at a fraction of typical luxury furniture prices.
Conscious Qualities: Made to Order, Locally Made, Woman-Founded, Solid Wood
Price Range: $$$
Medley uses only FSC-certified walnut or maple hardwood for their solid wood eco-friendly dining tables and accent tables. Each table is finished with an all-natural furniture polish that consists of just beeswax, carnauba wax, and olive oil. And every table, just like the rest of Medley’s furnishings, is made in their own workshop in Los Angeles.
Conscious Qualities: FSC-Certified Wood, Transparent Local Production, Non-Toxic Finishes, Plants Trees
Price Range: $$$
3. Savvy Rest
Non-toxic furniture brand Savvy Rest has a sleek set of sustainable tables and benches made in Central Virginia from solid wood. Each table is made with responsibly-sourced maple — a durable yet lightweight hardwood — and is available unfinished or in a variety of zero-VOC finishes: linseed oil, walnut, cedar, or mahogany.
Their benches could also double as a sustainable coffee table in your living room!
Conscious Qualities: Zero-VOC Finishes, Local Production, Sustainably-Sourced Wood
Price Range: $$
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4. Sylvan Craft
Perhaps you’ve heard of slow fashion or slow food — well Sylvan Craft is the epitome of slow furniture with their “Forest to Table” approach.
Sylvan Craft’s heirloom-quality tables (and other furniture) are all crafted with care from solid wood by their Amish business partner. And it’s not just any wood — this is wood that was sourced from Sylvan Craft’s own sustainably managed forest. Since their entire process from harvest to finished furniture takes place within a 5 mile radius, this “hyper-local” business also boasts a small carbon footprint and impressive average 8-10 week lead times on delivery. Blanket-wrapped shipping also minimizes packaging waste.
On a mission to preserve and restore forests through sustainable forestry and land management, Sylvan Craft has a meticulous forest management plan that centers on forest health. They employ selective harvesting (i.e. prioritizing damaged or dead trees for their wood), plant a variety of tree species to promote forest biodiversity, and use low-impact timber removal practices instead of heavy machinery.
Sylvan Craft’s selection of sustainably-crafted tables includes end tables, sofa tables, coffee tables, dining tables, and benches.
Conscious Qualities: Sustainable Forestry Management, Hyper-Local, Traceable Supply Chain, Heirloom Quality, VOC-Free Finish Option
Price Range: $$
Founded as a non-toxic mattress brand, Avocado has now expanded into a variety of sustainable and non-toxic furniture like beds, dressers, and of course tables.
Their collection of eco-friendly tables includes accent tables, nightstands, side tables, benches & stools, and a beautiful zero waste coffee table. Every table is made to order in the company’s Los Angeles woodshop from either reclaimed wood, FSC-Certified solid wood, or even 100% upcycled wood (which is not particleboard or fiberboard).
The Sustainable Furnishings Council member also uses non-toxic finishes and glues, like zero-VOC stain and safe odorless glues. And, Avocado offsets more than 100% of their emissions and has several product- factory- and company-level certifications of note.
Conscious Qualities: Made-To-Order In Avocado’s Own LA Woodshop; Uses Reclaimed and Sustainably-Sourced Materials; Non-Toxic Finishes; Renewable Energy-Powered Operations
Price Range: $$ – $$$
Handcrafted in their own factory near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Emeco’s minimalist sustainable tables are made to pass commercial-grade standards, ensuring they’ll be pieces for decades (if not generations!) to come.
The brand uses sustainably-harvested ash or reclaimed accoya wood and recycled aluminum to create their industrial-chic pieces. Many of their pieces are Cradle to Cradle Gold Certified, and are free of toxic chemicals like VOCs and formaldehyde.
One major bonus of Emeco’s sturdy eco-friendly tables? Most of them are suitable for outdoor use too. (Check out more sustainable outdoor furniture in this guide.)
Conscious Qualities: Sustainably-Sourced and Recycled Materials, Crafted in the Pennsylvania, Contract Grade Quality
Price Range: $$$
Sabai is a leader in sustainable furniture with their use of eco-conscious materials, ethical production practices, and low-waste shipping. Not to mention they’re committed to circularity with both a repair program and a resale program.
Their City Table is so exception. This eco-friendly coffee table is made using recycled steel, wood sourced from urban fallen trees in Baltimore and a non-toxic, zero VOC water-based finish. Did we mention the brand is also a certified B-Corporation?
Conscious Qualities: Recycled & Natural Materials, Zero VOC Finish, Circularity Program
Price Range: $$
8. Masaya & Co
Originally founded as a reforestation project, Masaya & Co. is a mission-driven sustainable furniture company planting 100 trees (yes, you read that number right!) in Nicaragua for every product sold. The company partners with local Nicaraguan designers and craftspeople to produce their sustainably-made furniture. The hardwoods are dried on-site in solar kilns and finished with water-based low-VOC finishes.
Conscious Qualities: Traceable Sourcing, Reforestation Projects, Small Batch
Price Range: $$$
The Citizenry has the most beautiful artisan tables ideal for completing your natural cozy minimalist aesthetic or adding an earthy touch to your bold boho living room. The brand has sustainable coffee tables made from natural rattan and eco friendly nightstands made from hinoki or mindi wood.
Every single product sold on The Citizenry is handcrafted in a fair trade environment, and their natural non-toxic tables are no exception. Most of this retailer’s sustainable side tables and coffee tables selection was made in Indonesia by artisans using traditional crafts.
Conscious Qualities: Artisan-Made, Fair Trade, Cultural Preservation, Natural Materials
Price Range: $$$
Online green home retailer VivaTerra has a few sustainably-made tables like this exclusive Vintage Fir Collins table made from reclaimed California Fir and finished with non-toxic stains and this café table made from refashioned oak wine barrels. My favorite though has to be the Provence Farm Table made from reclaimed wood from the 19th century — how cool is that?!
Conscious Qualities: Reclaimed Wood, Domestic Production
Price Range: $$$
11. Etsy Reclaimed
Forget rustic or vintage-inspired and go for the real thing! Etsy has an incredible selection of both vintage tables and reclaimed wood tables from small-batch makers around the world. There are also some shops on Etsy that offer custom-made sustainable tables at reasonable prices so you can get the unique specifications you need for your space without spending a fortune.
Conscious Qualities: Reclaimed Wood, Secondhand Options, Small Batch
Price Range: $ – $$$
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