Every time I sold an antique or collectible item, I felt like I saved a treasure from destruction. I found a home for an item that might otherwise be forgotten and unappreciated, thrown in the garbage and lost forever.
Collecting antiques is the high end of recycling and going green. There are antiques that have survived hundreds of years and have been passed down from generation to generation.
A recent English study conducted by carbon-clear.com was commissioned by antiquesaregreen.org and other members of The Antiques Trade. It began with the h ypothesis that a new piece of furniture would last 15 years and an antique piece would be resold every 30 years. Based on this pattern of consumption, the study concluded that the ecological impact of antique furniture is nearly 6 times less than new furniture. Over the course of 15 years, the antique furniture produced an average of 57kg of CO2 for transportation and restoration. Compare this to 340kg of CO2 for new furniture
Antiques are Green was launched by Nigel Worboys in September 2009-“ The first website to promote the green credentials of antiques”. Through the not-for-profit project antiques will be recognised for their genuine green hallmark-“ sustainable, re-usable and re-saleable ”. As consumers become aware of this, the trade will have access to new markets, for example, people who may have not considered buying antiques before, it will also strengthen existing markets. There has never been a better time for his initiative. – Let’s give a new reason to buy our wonderful unique product!