The Natural: Stylish and Sustainable Home Furnishing

The Natural: Stylish and Sustainable Home Furnishing

Meeting the needs of those looking to furnish their homes with both style and sustainability, furniture designer Bob Naboicheck, the fourth generation owner of Gold Bond International, recently released ‘The Natural,’ a stylish, eco-friendly and modern-day futon. The Natural, which was designed specifically for the ‘Greenest House in America,’ is manufactured with 100 percent rubber wood – the most ecologically friendly lumber in the world. While most trees are cut down prematurely to create furniture and other lumber-related products, rubber wood is only cut down after it completes it latex cycle and 26 – 30 year life. Rubber wood is never cut down prematurely, wasted or burned – it is only used after its death to create sustainable furniture.

Too often, homeowners shy away from purchasing futons because they characterize them as a 70s or 80s design trend. In creating The Natural, Gold Bond’s vision was to develop a chic, modern-day futon that offered firm support and comfort for both lounging and sleeping. Unlike the ones from 20 years ago, today’s futons are manufactured with all the latest innovations and fashions found in traditional mattresses, including wrapped coiled springs, memory foams and even toppers.

3 comments

  • Nate Kharrl April 9, 2009 at 11:20 AM Login to Reply →

    I second this. We’ve done business with Gold Bond for a long time, and they are easily in the top three in the industry. We’ve enjoyed working with them and the product they crate, and I would definitely give them a try.

  • r ham April 11, 2009 at 21:17 PM Login to Reply →

    these days standards for wood quality are lower, and rubberwood is now valued as an “environmentally friendly” wood, as it makes use of plantation trees that have already served a useful function. In promoting the wood, sellers often go overboard and make false claims about its strength and durability.

    The wood, sometimes also called parawood, is very susceptible to decay and should be used only indoors. It tends to warp notably during drying. However, it is fairly easy to work, and glues well. As the wood is rather soft, it is mostly used in cheap products, such as toys and cutting boards, but it can be used in furniture.

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