Vin­tage in vogue is very good news

Central and North Burnett Times - - WEEKEND - with Tracey Hordern

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

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

◗ Uniqwa fur­ni­ture uses re­cy­cled and plan­ta­tion tim­ber as well as other sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als.

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