Elizabeth Birdthistle, writing in the Irish Times, has said that one way to reduce a household’s carbon footprint is to purchase antique furniture instead of new.
She says that many consumers concerned about the environment are eating less meat and urging supermarkets to cut down on the amount of packaging they use. These same people will buy their furniture from a high street store.
Elisabeth Birdthistle quotes research by the International Antiques and Collectors Fair that claims a chest of drawers manufactured in Asia has a carbon footprint more than 16 times higher than its equivalent in an antique chest of drawers. She concludes from this that:
“While we recycle daily in our kitchens, most of us could do a lot more when it comes to our carbon footprint and waste output by the furniture we chose to buy. Old furniture – call it vintage, antique or simply passed down – is a planet-friendly choice.”
Antique furniture is usually well made from seasoned and aged timber and is built to last. Modern furniture is often made with composite woods, so lasts less than ten years before sending to a landfill.
A person can furnish a whole house with antique furniture. Lancashire antique dealers have a good selection of antique settees, cupboards, chests, cabinets, chairs and more. If you are concerned about carbon emissions linked to global warming you could follow Elizabeth Birdthistle’s advice and buy old furniture that looks good and has been built to last by skilled craftsmen.
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