What Makes for Eco-friendly Picture Framing?

As artists, we tend to be more concerned than the average consumer with the effect of our habits and purchasing choices on the environment. The earth, the waters, the skies and the stars are endlessly inspiring so of course when given the choice, we err on the side of conservation. It’s the little things we do on a daily basis that add up over the course of our lives to make a difference in the ecological footprint we leave behind. So, let me share some tips and hints for eco-friendly framing.

This week’s compilation of wood frames on sale, Eco-Friendly, is named such because use of FSC certified woods, coupled with the use of water-based, non-toxic stains.  The 95504 Blackwood is the most popular of this collection, proving that high style and green living do go hand-in-hand.

picture frame 95504 Blackwood

84708 Evergreen picture frame

51490 walnut picture frame

As a side note here, I would like to take a moment and explain why we only carry a very limited selection of ‘recycled wood’ frames, or MDF. These have been marketed in the industry as an environmentally friendly framing choice but I have to disagree. Yes, they are made from recycled wood, but the glues used to create the frame and to adhere its paper wraps are very toxic. That, along with the fact that they are not that much less expensive than solid wood, we’ve decided to only offer MDF for those occasions when a solid wood alternative is not available for a popular profile of ours,  as is the case for our Bravo 18301.

Fans of the metal frame will be glad to know that aluminum is the #1 most eco-friendly moulding one can choose. Once the metal is smelted, it then becomes infinitely recyclable, 100% archival; a sturdy high quality choice, guaranteed to last.

metal picture frames

So I have a question for you: does eco-friendliness factor into your framing choices?

To learn about our other eco-friendly efforts see this post on Carbon Neutral shipments and this post on how to reuse packaging.

AubreyK | 4/16/2014 8:54:45 AM | 4 comments
American Frame

Yes, it can be very tricky if you don't know what you're really getting.
4/22/2014 2:56:21 PM

I never knew about the glues in the MDF frames. Thats tricky that it is marketed as "eco-friendly". Thanks for pointing that out!
4/22/2014 8:56:37 AM

American Frame

Thank you! We think it's important to keep the environment in mind and we hope to set a good example for consumers and businesses alike!
4/18/2014 9:24:34 AM

It is nice to see that while creating beautiful works for the homes of many, American Frame is also keeping mother nature in mind. Not many companies can say the same.
4/18/2014 9:16:00 AM

About this blog

Laura Jajko

Join in and let’s bond over our love of art and framing. Here, I’ll be sharing design inspiration and decisions, twitter chat summaries, and happenings with the company, among other things. With more than 40 years of practical experience, I bring a unique perspective in a straight-forward style that I hope will spark lots of interesting and relevant dialog in our online community.

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