Gallery: BACK TO SCHOOL: Target’s Economical Eco Furniture


It’s that time of year again, and we know lots of you are headed back to school — many moving into dorm rooms and new apartments. For many of you that means trips to IKEA to find cheap furniture, but often cheap furniture comes with a downside: formaldehyde-filled plywood that off-gases in your space and can cause indoor air pollution. Fortunately our favorite cheap-chic retailer Target has come to the rescue with a new line of economical furniture that is cute, eco-friendly and flat-packed for easy transport.

What we love about Target’s Eco Furniture line is that it hits the mark on almost every criteria that a savvy sustainable-style maven on a budget might want: it’s affordable, easy to transport and set up, eco-friendly, and most importantly, adorably cute and curvy. Made with FSC/Rainforest Alliance Certified SmartWood, Target’s eco furniture is 100% formaldehyde-free with 100% nontoxic, water-based glues and stains. The furniture ships flat to conserve packaging and reduce waste; is designed and manufactured in the good old US of A; and requires no hardware to set up. What’s not to love?

$129 – $219 from Target


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  1. Sarah Petersen November 16, 2007 at 8:31 pm


    I am a big fan of the custom furniture on your site.

    I’m an environmental activist and the founder of I am currently trying to promote my new article on green furniture design, I’m writing to see if you would post a link from your page to – if so, I’ll write a blurb on my article about how you are a green friendly furniture company.


    (480) 522-6310

    p.s. I clicked some of your adwords!

  2. THOMAS GATHMAN September 16, 2007 at 2:02 am


  3. Jen Roberts September 5, 2007 at 10:20 am

    I’m really disappointed in this pointed slight against Ikea. Yes, Ikea does use plywood in their furniture, but Ikea also adheres to higher off-gassing standards than most US companies (I believe it’s the German E1 standard). Check your facts before you slam a retailer who is actually trying to do well by their customers!

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