Vintage in vogue is very good news
IT’S no secret that choosing vintage pieces for the home is totally on trend. Even new products are created to replicate classical vintage lines and designs. However there’s another aspect of the vintage trend that is more serious: by choosing second-hand, retro or antique furniture you’re actually helping the environment.
The multi-billion dollar furniture industry contributes to hundreds of thousands of tonnes of landfill every year. Furniture factories throughout the world consume masses of energy and at the same time discard tonnes of waste material into the environment.
Alternatively, when you decide to buy a vintage piece of furniture you are saving an item from landfill. Vintage and recycled furniture requires no additional resources to manufacture and eases the load on the environment. Quality vintage furniture can also have excellent resale value, which is not the case for most new furniture.
Of course there are times when we do need to purchase a new piece of furniture. But even here you can choose sustainable, quality pieces that will outlast cheaper choices.
For all of us, there will be times when our furnishing needs change. But when you do say farewell to a sturdy piece of furniture make sure it goes to a good home. You can sell it online, or at your next garage sale. Alternatively, you can give it away to a friend or to an op shop to sell. No piece of workable furniture should ever have to live out eternity in landfill hell.
BUY A VINTAGE ITEM AND SAVE IT FROM LANDFILL HELL
◗ Uniqwa furniture uses recycled and plantation timber as well as other sustainable materials.