The benefits to the planet of reducing, reusing and recycling are clear. When you make the decision to purchase a lovingly restored piece of second-hand furniture, or restore one yourself, you become part of the global solution to the world's crises rather than part of the problem. But that does not mean that you have to sacrifice anything. You can help to save the world and still have a lovely home! Here are just some of the many benefits of upcycling pre-loved furniture:
A great environmental benefit:
There are great environmental benefits to rejuvenating old pieces of furniture. You are helping the planet by:
- Preventing the manufacture of another new piece of furniture. The manufacture of a new piece of furniture could come with a high cost to the environment – a cost which is often completely unknown to the buyers.
- Reducing distribution miles by choosing a local, sustainable option.
- Keeping carbon trapped in wooden furniture rather than being released into the atmosphere through burning. The carbon thus released would contribute to global warming.
- Stopping an old piece of furniture from going to landfill. In a sustainable world, landfill sites should become a thing of the past. We should all try to give as close to a 'zero waste' life as possible
The Patina And Character Of Age:
For all the gleam and freshness of new items of furniture, there is nothing to compare to the beauty of a piece of furniture that has the patina and character of age. There are layers of history on an older item that can make it so much more special than an item that has come straight from the factory.
It is wonderful to imagine how people have interacted with an item over the years – the love it has seen, the petty fights, emotions and dramas of people's lives. You can lend your home a certain depth and characterful charm by choosing to give lived-in, pre-loved items a new lease of life.
A unique and creative home:
Choosing to buy upcycled, pre-loved furniture or indeed choosing to upcycle some items of your own will allow you to have exactly the home of which you have always dreamed. The perfect item for you is unlikely to come from a factory with a 'one size fits all' mentality. Why be boring and make do with having the same as everyone else when you can tailor your home to perfectly match your tastes and personality?
Upcycling furniture and assembling a hand-made home can allow you to give your creativity free reign and let out your inner artist. You will be the only one with a home exactly like yours. Whether you personally love quirky, bold design or something far more chic and elegant, the same principles apply. You can have the home of your dreams, for far, far less money that you would ever imagine possible.
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