GO GREEN – RECYCLING ANTIQUES

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!

Check it out at http://www.antiquesaregreen.org

Advertisements
This entry was posted in antiques, collectibles and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s