11 Nov 2019
October 28, 2019 - Filed under: Antiques News — Richard

A recent survey asked people about their attitudes to buying a range of household items and found that nearly half of respondents were unaware that purchasing second hand or antique furniture was greener than buying new.

Over 1.6 million tonnes of bulky waste that includes furniture is thrown away every year. Much of this waste could be re-used. New furniture has a much higher carbon footprint than antique furniture.

In an ATG group survey, 92% of respondents said that they considered sustainability when purchasing household items, but 45% did not realise that buying new furniture creates a much higher carbon footprint than buying second hand. A new chest of drawers costs 16 times the carbon footprint of an antique one.

The Office for National Statistics reported that retail sales are being boosted by the increasing demand for antique furniture and second-hand clothes. This suggests the over 50% of UK people who do realise that purchasing antique furniture is more environmentally friendly are acting on their beliefs.

Many purchasers buy second-hand furniture because it is cheaper, but others appreciate that vintage and antique furniture is well made and should last a long time.

Whether you need an antique desk, sofa or cupboard, there is no lack of choice at Lancashire antique dealers. Buying a well-made quality piece of antique furniture is not only a green way to buy furniture, but some items can be cheaper than new premium quality furniture.

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