Can You Buy New Furniture And Be Green?


A "chair bodger" in the woods

Sami looked at this issue last year, but Lucy Siegle addresses the question in the Guardian and concludes that antiques are green. She quotes the website of the same name:

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!

Siegle concludes:

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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