The environmental benefits of buying Vintage and antiques vs modern furniture.


Consider the furniture you select for your home. A report by Carbon Clear, an independent consultancy, confirms that vintage and Antiques are likely to have a carbon footprint sixteen times lower than newly manufactured furniture. The report focuses on the entire product’s life cycle from sourcing, manufacturing, transport and disposal.

Go green and do your part to save the earth by decorating your home with sustainable furniture and antiques.

Using a mix of antique furniture and sustainably sourced pieces creates a wide range of unique design options.

Buying responsibly-sourced home goods and antiques is an excellent (and stylish) way to do your part.

 

The ultimate in recycling and a chic way to achieve sustainable home style, antiques are a an eco conscious choice that is often overlooked. By investing in them and reusing items that already exist, we help to reduce ‘waste’ going to landfill and save on energy spent in new production. As well as creating eco style with antiques, the items move from owner to owner, generation to generation, continue to add warmth and texture to the home and help create a unique character to a home. If we buy and use these older items instead of always buying new, we not only protect precious resources, but also preserve the history bound up in them — the stories, the manufacturing histories and their craftsmanship.

Throwaway culture vs buying Antiques and Vintage Items as an investment

Imagine the impact on the environment if more people bought second hand furniture, upcycled their own or other people’s used items, and thought about buying for the long-term (to resell at similar or even higher value than the price they bought the furniture for originally).

A century ago we valued our homeware and used it through a lifetime. If it was broken we mended it.

We are now a throwaway culture using an abundance of poor-quality high street furniture that is not worth repairing, so we replace it with more cheaper furniture.

With a carbon footprint 16 times lower than new manufactures, antique and vintage furniture provides a good alternative to buying newer designs. By presenting a selection of refurbished and upcycled antique furniture, the exhibition highlights the best of both worlds – cutting edge design and support for emerging regional talent, while simultaneously helping to reduce landfill, carbon emissions and excessive consumption.