Antiques are environmental and more…

Green antiques: cutting waste, cutting landfill, cutting emissions…

I’ve written about how green antiques are elsewhere, before, but what the heck… I’m recycling. And now since I wrote that last piece, there’s “up-cycling” too, which helps the arguments even more-so. There’s been a campaigning body (with, I guess, a bit of promotion for the trade too) since 2009, called “Antiques are Green” with a set of aims “to get antiques recognised for their genuine green credentials sustainable, re-usable and re-saleable”.  Of course their website features antiques for sale – but I’m not cynical… (Hopefully any income fuels campaign funds.)

And you know it makes sense… (The Antiques are Green people have just done a bit of research which compares an 1830 chest of drawers to one made 15 years ago and the comparative carbon use is just one 16th!)

And I just read on someone else’s website the nice turn of phrase that antiques are the only status symbol that doesn’t involve waste. (Thanks Gallery Forty One) Cars, houses*, bright shiny new things in the house: They all contribute to manufacturing and to emissions. But it’s not just a numbers game: the re-use of antiques helps preserve and cherish crafts, beautiful things and history.

Mind (what an even minded person I am today), there are people who’ll no doubt argue that making new things keeps the world turning and they’ll no doubt be able to produce their own figures for how critical manufacture is too. I guess it’s how you do it that comes into the equation. You pays your money and you takes your choice – even with a total disregard to grammar!

*Houses are an interesting one, as they are now being built with the environment in mind and it’s a new status symbol to care and reduce carbon use. So in that case the above sentiment fails. Also what about a trophy wife as s status symbol (or toy-boy/trophy husband), do they involve waste? Arguable.