Antique and Vintage Furniture - Recycled, Eco-Friendly and Green
Managing antique and vintage products have a very positive impact on the environment. Recycling treasures through the past for our lifestyle today not only saves landfill space but also has many other positive "green" effects on our planet.
Recycling vintage furniture saves trees, and breathes new life into beautiful old wood. Much of the finest old growth hardwood is cut down, and made into furniture years back. Refurbishing these irreplaceable pieces substitutes for further decimating of more prime mature hardwood trees in endangered forests.
Most new furniture contains particle board. The powerful synthetic glues that bind the sawdust into man-made "wood" release formaldehyde along with other chemical vapors in the air we breathe our homes and offices for many years.
Recent advances in varnish stripping chemicals have led to finish removal methods which can be vastly safer and gentler. Many antiques are refinished using water based finishes, much better for that environment than traditional petroleum based lacquers and solvents, many shown to contain carcinogens. This too makes for healthier working conditions for refinishers.
"Nothing is so dangerous as being too modern. You are apt to grow old-fashioned quite suddenly." noted Oscar Wilde. Besides the charm and beauty of old furniture, antiques in many cases are much less expensive than new. An additional is the positive feeling that accompanies raising the environment. The same satisfaction that comes from rehabbing old buildings is sold with adapting an antique piece to today's lifestyle.
"The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, along with the second half by our kids," said Clarence Darrow. Nevertheless, it is just a good feeling to learn that your antique furniture can someday be restored and reused by our children and grandchildren. It is a pleasure to view historic things serve us in your daily lives, reflecting the days and lives of the previous owners, and knowing that they will survive to be seen the lives of other folks in the future. This is the real meaning of heirlooms, and the recycling aspect is becoming critical to preserve life we all know it on our fragile earth.
Discussion and controversy over purchasing pollution and our planets atmosphere will continue, but enjoying and experiencing antiques is a simple and positive ecological decision. As Friedrich Engels said, "An ounce of action may be worth a ton of theory."