In celebration of earth week, we thought we’d share some great reasons to buy vintage and antique furniture and accessories in place of new ones! Buying antique and vintage is an earth-friendly practice, as well as a budget friendly one. Here at Evolution Home we fill our store with the highest quality vintage and antique items from dealers and consignors. Buying vintage and antique is a green practice that any family on any budget can start – and its fun too!
Here are four great reasons to go green with vintage & antique:
1. It keeps furniture out of the landfill.
Purchasing vintage or previously owned furniture keeps it out of the landfill. Many vintage and antique pieces of furniture (as well as accessories!) were built to last – they have years of use in them and if you find a piece that is maybe too worn or looking a little old, you can refresh it with paint or upcycle it! See our blog post from last week about upcycling furniture.
2. Conserves natural resources.
Buying vintage furniture means no precious natural resources, like trees and petroleum, were used to create it. Well, they were at one point, but you are conserving resources by not purchasing new furniture. Did you know that in one year one acre of trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people? Or that trees provide vital water conservation by shading yards from evaporation and providing atmospheric moisture through transpiring? Save a tree, buy vintage!
3. Reduce Pollution
Do you ever notice that chemical smell when you buy new furniture? That’s from the “off-gassing” of Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs. Your vintage purchase will have already off-gassed, thus improving your indoor air quality. You also completely eliminate the pollution created from the manufacturing process of new furniture. Breathe easier with vintage.
4. Reduce your footprint by buying locally.
Buying locally from Evolution Home means the furniture did not travel long distances in the shipping process – no trains, cargo ships or trucks were used to transport it, so you reduce your overall footprint. Buying locally also has other benefits – like supporting small business owners and putting dollars back into your community.
Here are few great vintage and antiques items available in the shop this week! Get your green on at Evolution Home, open Friday & Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-5!