Can You Buy New Furniture And Be Green?
A "chair bodger" in the woods
The chair parts were made by craftsmen who lived in the woods where the materials came from. The turnings were produced on treadle-operated lathes, then parts were taken on foot to a local workshop to be assembled. From there the completed chairs would be distributed around the country by horse and cart or waterways. The chair saw a hard use but is still around today. What a green product and what a life cycle!
Out-of-town Scandinavian flat-pack stores have environmental initiatives aplenty and are packed to the rafters with eco bulbs etc, but they cannot square the fact that particle board and pine fashion pieces have a flash-in-the-pan existence.
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