PARIS, March 2 — Once appreciated only by connoisseurs, vintage furniture is now adopted by many consumers.
Not only do they appreciate the retro aesthetic, but also their environmental footprint, which is much more reasonable than that of new furniture.
It is clear that the production of furniture can have a detrimental effect on the planet. It is often produced by workers working in poor conditions and imported to countries around the world, giving it a large footprint in terms of transportation.
These factors are causing some consumers to rethink how they choose and purchase tables, chairs, dressers and other items to decorate their homes.
And rightly so. Small World Consulting looked at the environmental footprint of used versus new furniture, commissioned by Auction Technology Group.
It turns out that choosing antique furniture significantly reduces carbon emissions. Buying a second-hand dining table saves 460 kilograms of CO2, according to a study by Small World Consulting cited by the trade journal Journal of the Antiques Trade.
That’s the equivalent of 25 days of gas heating, according to the online CO2 conversion tool My CO2 Converter.
Choosing a second-hand sofa rather than a new one for your living room saves 563 kilos of CO2.
That’s as much as 17 smartphones. Also consider the occasion if you want a new cabinet or chest of drawers.
This would reduce your carbon footprint by 782 kilos of CO2. It’s like making a one-way trip to Dakar, Senegal.
Contrary to what some might think, antique furniture is more trendy than ever, at the heart of the “slow deco” movement, whose mantra is “less is more”. The principle?
Be creative and look for simple ideas for a refined and healthier interior, both for your mental health and for the planet. The idea is to favor more ecological furniture, made with natural and sustainable materials such as terracotta, stone and wood.
But should we completely give up new furniture to adopt an eco-responsible lifestyle? Not necessarily.
Interior decoration enthusiasts can also choose furniture labeled “NF Environnement”, “European Ecolabel” or “Nordic Ecolabel” to make more eco-responsible choices.
And if you’re particularly adventurous and DIY, you can even try making your own furniture. — Studio ETX