Can antiques be green? With Earth Day taking place on April 22nd our thoughts turn to the environment and how we as individuals can do our bit. Earth Day will celebrate its 51th birthday this year and the movement towards being environmentally aware grows stronger each year.
The theme for Earth Day this year is 'Restore Our Earth' and focuses on natural processes and emerging green technologies that can restore the world's ecosystems. In this way, the theme rejects the notion that mitigation or adaptation are the only way to address climate change. Never before has the environmental movement been so strong, affecting all aspects of life, including the choices we make as consumers.
Consider the furniture you select for your home. A report by Carbon Clear, an independent consultancy, confirms that antique furniture is likely to have a carbon footprint sixteen times lower than newly manufactured furniture. The report focuses on the entire product’s life cycle from sourcing, manufacturing, transport and disposal.
Antiques, on the other hand were made to last a lifetime and beyond and have already stood the test of time. Buying an antique is recycling at its best, a beautiful addition to your home and a positive environmental choice.
This year, amid the pandemic, a host of environmental issues are being prioritized. According to the earthday.org, one of the topics that will take centrestage at the digital event is reforestation.
We particularly support the Canopy Project, an initiative which focuses on planting productive tree species that can provide healthy and valuable food resources for local communities, ensuring high tree-survival rates.
You can support The Canopy Project by donating — each dollar you donate supports the planting of one tree.
The environmental movement grows stronger every year and it is a good thing that we as individuals can make a positive choice and do our bit to address climate change.