1000 Flowers for the Planet - #83 Buy Second-Hand Furniture
Personally I’d love to take this suggestion to the extreme and buy only antique furniture. I’m quite a fan of Victorian and Edwardian styles, but the budget can be restrictive. Many people are quite attracted to ‘Mid Century’ or ‘Retro’ furniture these days and it is more affordable than pieces over a hundred years and more old. The fact that a piece of second-hand furniture is available for purchase may well be testament to its quality or it wouldn’t still be around. Quality and period style – two good considerations when furnishing your home. Have a look at your local auction houses, trading sites on the Internet or maybe even free from a friend or relative.
By purchasing second-hand furniture you are following the third ‘R’ – reuse. No new resources have to be used in the creation of your furniture – no timber, cloth, water, electricity, oils, plastics, steel, varnishes, paint etc. All of this helps the planet.