Monday, August 10, 2009

Organic... How Much is Too Much?

Lately, I have been scouring the net for a couch- preferably an "organic" couch and there are unfortunately not too many choices out there right now. This one, the Santa Barbara by Vivavi is a beauty and other than not being able to sit and test it out ahead of time what holds me back is the price... a whopping $8900.00! Yeeks! In case you are unware of couch prices- a brand new couch at Crate and Barrel for example will cost about $2000.00- though it will off gas for about 4 years.

In all fairness this one is definitely made with good stuff not to mention it has the "ingredients" I am looking for... The sofa frame is made of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood. The springs and screws are made of recycled steel. All glues and stains are non-toxic, water-based and formaldehyde-free. The cushions are made of natural latex wrapped in 100% organic wool and organic cotton with pillows of natural feathers. A wide range of upholstery options are available using natural fabrics such cotton, linen, hemp, and bamboo... but is it worth it?

I had this dilemma while deciding on biting the bullet for an organic bed- which I did indulge in and haven't regretted for a moment. It should be noted though... that the price difference between an organic bed and one that's not- well there is not as big of a gap.

This gap is the reason many people still have trouble buying organic food- even though the gap is quite closer and less expensive than say a couch. I realize it can be summarized as more expensive overall (pocketbook wise), but it's like preventative insurance for your health and a better bet. Isn't that enough? For some, it is not... they continue to look at the cost.

Well here is my reasoning... aside from better health which I think is just a starting point, it is a statement that you support a better earth that has clean and nutritious soil void of chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, hormones, etc. You are also supporting local farmers and local food. It is a statement that you do not support those who pretend to be good for us and then sell us chemical weed killers too. Why support those companies using poisons in their products????

And then when I think of all this... the couch doesn't seem that expensive. Though the jury is still out...

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