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Eco-Friendly Picture Frame Ideas

Eco-Friendly Picture Frame Ideas

Published on August, 13 2021 by Emily Jasper

With the world moving in a more sustainable direction, it’s only natural that interior decorating and picture frames follow suit. Whether it’s knowing what materials are used in the creation of the frames, the type of mat board you can use, and even where you purchase the frame, there are ways you can be sure to have eco-friendly picture frames. Do your part to frame your precious images or artwork in a way that also protects the place we all call home, Earth. 

So, what does it mean to be sustainable? This term refers to development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Luckily for those looking to update the interior design of their home, or for art lovers, there are ways to frame objects in a sustainable way that helps to do just that.

In order for a frame to be 100-percent eco-friendly, it’s important to know where the wood was sourced and what materials are included. Make sure there are no plastic or synthetic materials included in the frame, and that the finish is eco-friendly. Eco-friendly finishes are organic and water-based, with no chemicals added.

Repurposed Wood

Repurposed or reclaimed wood is another excellent picture frame choice that is eco-friendly and safe for the environment. Not to mention, accents of reclaimed wood are making a huge comeback in the interior design world. Salvaged wood—also called reclaimed, recycled, vintage, and antique or just anything that looks “old and used”—is one of the hottest trends in green design.

Black Frames

Our black frames features both elegant and affordable picture frames. Black frames are always in style, so Frames by Mail delivers a sleek look with this beveled moulding available in narrow and wide profiles. You'll love these eco-friendly wood frames for framing art prints, photos, and so much more! Our black frames are available in many standard picture frame sizes, along with custom sizing options.

Stainless Steel

The use of stainless steel is another hit in the interior design world. More and more we are seeing people use these easily recycled products as intricate home décor. Not only that, stainless steel can withstand a lot and are bound to last longer than other types of less sustainable metals. These could add a unique look to your home and your pictures. Once steel is smelted, it becomes both recyclable and 100% archival. Steel has no “memory” and thus is very easily recycled. 

Dark Wood Tones

Enjoy the rich walnut and cherry tones with their crisp, clean look. Choose it for your family photos, wedding portraits, posters, diplomas or awards for your home office or conference room. An Earth-conscious choice for an extraordinary everyday value!

Mat Boards

Mat boards are widely used because they enhance the look of a piece, and can even make it look more professional. Luckily for those who like using mat boards as a mount, several different kinds are also safer to use for the environment. Examples of eco-friendly mat boards include artboard, mounting board, and rag mat boards. You want to make sure when purchasing this product that the label says it is made out of 100 percent paper.  

There are many different ways to frame your images or artwork in a cool and interesting way sustainably. Next time you go to find a picture frame, consider any of these options. The perfect choice for the environmentally conscious shopper. Manufactured using 100% recycled materials. Strong and durable, sustainable and beautiful. A smart way to reduce your environmental impact and be a part of the move towards a more eco-friendly world. 

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