Environmentally Friendly Framing For Earth Day

 A “Green” world is what we want to see!

Every year as Earth Day rolls around, we’re reminded of the importance of preserving and protecting the planet. Most of us do our best to contribute towards that effort. We try to be conscious in the daily choices we make in our own lives – from the household materials we use to the kind of cars we drive. And of course, that same consciousness can apply to custom framing choices as well. In celebration of Earth Day (which should be every day), we’re rounding up a few of our favorite environmentally thoughtful framing options.

Earth Day Wood Frames

Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood is a great choice as it reuses and repurposes materials. At Framed LA, we carry options in natural and reclaimed woods – like the Rustic Creations line out of Texas. We also have a line of old salvaged barn wood from the Carolinas and Kentucky. The barns were carefully dismantled and shipped off to be cut into picture frame moulding. Most are made of pine or oak.

Earth Day bamboo frames


Somewhat similar in appearance to wood frames, bamboo is actually the fastest growing plant on the planet. Its short growth cycle makes it an enduring natural resource and infinitely renewable. Our new Bamboo line is an eco-friendly collection milled from bamboo plywood offered in nine water-based colors. It looks terrific on Japanese prints, travel photography, kids’ masterpieces and abstract art.

Earth Day Metal frames

Aluminum & Steel

Once the metal is smelted, it becomes both recyclable and 100% archival. It is also a sturdy, high quality choice guaranteed to last. Similar to aluminum, steel has no “memory” and thus is very easily recycled. While usually considered an industrial look for modern art and photography, these frames really reflect the idea of permanence and a welded bond for life.

Earth Day cotton matboard

Cotton Matboards

Cotton is naturally free of any chemicals or pollutants and is also an annually renewable resource. It is both biodegradable and recyclable, making it very environmentally friendly. Since we also donate scrap mat board to local schools for art projects one could say it is upcycled.

Like you, we’ve made choices in how we run things at Framed LA to do our part too. We recycle all our glass and scraps. Any paper, packing materials as well as e-waste gets recycled. We also donate all scrap mat board to local school for use in art projects. As many of you know my wife and I are vintage shoppers. What can be more eco-friendly then buying a previously owned shirt, suit, dress or any number of household furniture or housewares. A new product doesn’t even have to be made! And the hunt for them is actually fun. Come in and ask where and how we do it!