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Market Drivers: Antiques Are Green


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A greater public awareness about the impact of humans on the natural world has lead to an increased environmental consciousness and, significantly, a growing desire to take action to protect the planet. Antiques present a perfect balance between consumption and sustainability.


Reuse: Antiques are reused rather than being discarded and replaced. Reusing items conserves resources and reduces waste, helping to conserve natural materials and protect the environment. It also saves energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions that come from the production and disposal of new items. Additionally, it supports sustainable consumption, which benefits both the environment and the economy.


Upcycling: Antiques can be repurposed and given new life. This reduces demand for new products and can be an affordable way to furnish a home. Through upcycling individuals are able to express their personality and creativity to develop unique and stylish interiors. There is also a growing community of makers who have helped to promote the practice and offer new opportunities for artistic collaboration and exchange of ideas.


Natural materials: Antiques are often made from natural materials such as wood, metal, and stone, rather than synthetic materials. Indeed, some synthetic materials can release harmful chemicals into the environment and can be toxic to wildlife and humans, whereas natural materials are typically free of such things. Incorporating natural materials into interior design creates beautiful, healthy and functional spaces that are both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally responsible.


Less energy-intensive production: Antiques were produced before the widespread use of energy-intensive manufacturing processes and transportation systems. They were often made from materials that were available locally, reducing the energy required for transportation, and the materials themselves were often more sustainable and less energy-intensive to produce than modern materials.


By choosing to buy antiques, you can support environmentally friendly practices and reduce your carbon footprint.


More information can be found on the Antiques Are Green website: https://www.antiquesaregreen.org/


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