Report confirms antiques have low carbon footprint
Forget recycled hemp and a sack-cloth and ashes approach, antiques are the original green option. Recent research has revealed that an antique chest of drawers has a carbon footprint 16 times lower than that of its modern high-street twin, even allowing for it to have been sold, moved and restored twice in its lifetime.
The report, commissioned by dealers and antiques organisations, compared one constructed in 1830 with an assumed lifespan of 195 years and a new piece available from a reputable high street retailer with a lifespan of 15 years.
Mark Hill, presenter of BBC Two’s Cracking Antiques, who is leading the campaign, said, ‘Antiques are beautiful pieces that reflect your true personality and memories, and make a house a home. Why not strike out on your own and create something unique to you? The most glamorous way to do your bit for the environment, and they’re also friendly to your wallet as they’re much more likely to hold their value than modern high street designs.’
Nigel Worboys, founder of the Antiques are Green Campaign, says: 'The research demonstrates the importance of buying antiques over new furniture for economic and environmental reasons. Buying antiques reduces landfill, reduces carbon emissions and reduces consumption of new goods from abroad. The antiques trade is the oldest recycling business in the world and the ultimate in terms of preserving our heritage for future generations.'