Why Do We Choose Reclaimed Iron?

Reclaimed iron chairs

You already know that EcoChic Lifestyles uses reclaimed wood in our entire line of furniture. But did you also know that we work really hard to source reclaimed iron?

Primarily, we look for iron reclaimed from bridges. Part of our reason is aesthetic: much as we look for patina and character in the boatwood we purchase, we also love the aging that comes from ferrous metal that’s been exposed to the elements. Where better to find material that’s been touched with wind, sun, rain, and sea than bridges?

Our other reason for sourcing reclaimed iron, though, is a little more earnest: ferrous metal can be re-used a near-infinite number of times, so we know we’re not just putting something that’s a throw-away into the world. If you have to part with our EcoChic furniture, we know that the material is solid enough to last several more lifetimes. We also know we’re diverting iron from the landfill (iron doesn’t decompose), perhaps most importantly, we’re eliminating the need to mine for and create new iron and steel with which to make our designs.

All of that is outside of the greenhouse gas emissions we’re saving by using renewable materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

So the next time you see an old, out-of-commission bridge, just think of how gorgeous it would be, recrafted into one of our lovely EcoChic creations. It’s the way we look at bridges, anyway. They always seem a little more beautiful after that.

Megan Risdon

CEO EcoChic

Megan Risdon is the CEO of EcoChic Lifestyles. She was inspired to found the company when she discovered the possibilities for crafting art furniture from colorful fishing boat wood.