A team of MIT researchers are investigating ways in which wood-like structures can be produced without ever needing to chop down a tree. After managing to grow plant tissue under lab conditions, they believe that wood - in fact even whole pieces of furniture - might be next.
Furniture made from mushrooms. Clothing made from seaweed. Shoes made from spiderwebs. It may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but these are are just some of the examples of the fascinating innovations of Biofabrication.
Whether you inherited it, picked it up at a secondhand store, or rescued a landfill-bound treasure, saving a piece of furniture from the landfill is an excellent way to go green in your home, but the chemicals, paints, and varnishes many people use for refinishing are often anything but green.