As an educated and conscientious shopper, you’re probably concerned about protecting the environment. You may take reusable shopping bags into stores, purchase energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs or buy drought-resistant plants that don’t take much watering. Purchasing antiques takes this concern about the environment to the next level. It also communicates to others that you value quality and permanence over cheap, throwaway goods. Here are some reasons why antiques are the perfect choice for those who want to preserve our resources for future generations.
1. Quality antiques won’t end up in a landfill.
Many contemporary designs will be outdated a few years from now. Since most people don’t want to store items in their attics in hopes that they will come back in style, out-of-date pieces are usually carted off to the thrift store or to the dump. Either way, trendy styles typically make their way to a landfill sooner or later.
2. No trees or land need to be sacrificed.
Even renewable materials like bamboo require that many acres be devoted to bamboo farms, often in third-world countries. Those are acres that won’t be used for growing food crops for citizens of those countries.
3. There is no factory waste involved.
Whether a factory dyes fabrics or produces wood products, there is some industrial waste created. Repurposing existing pieces of furniture and accessories helps save the water and air from further pollution.
4. High-quality antiques won’t need to be updated in a few years.
Most people who want their homes to look top-notch replace their furniture or rugs on a regular basis. The current pieces either go out of style or become worn. Antiques are expected to have a bit of wear or fading; it gives the room a feeling of timelessness. You will find, though, that antiques wear far more slowly than contemporary pieces. The materials—hard woods, densely woven fabrics, solid metals—were crafted to last.
The best part is that antiques never go out of style, no matter how many fads come and go. Traditional pieces can also be paired with contemporary accents, giving a look that’s elegant but not too stuffy.
5. Quality antiques can be passed down for generations.
Every antique can be passed down, even if you don’t have antique-lovers in your own family. Since antiques increase in value, very few are simply thrown out over the years. This makes these pieces a valuable investment in the environment—not just for today but for years to come.
The use of antique and prayer rugs and textiles gives a home owner the opportunity to introduce a flare of sophistication to their personal space. By decorating with antiques, a homebuyer or decorator can rest assure that they are not only adding style and personality to their home, but are also doing their part towards living a greener life. Antiques, especially rare and antique textiles, provide their owner with the quality of yesterday that continues to withstand the daily use of today.
Most decorating items that are manufactured today, are not regulated by laws such as eco-conscious practices. In turn, this leads to a negative impact on our environment and jeopardizes our environment for generations to come. By decorating with antiques, you can rest assure that your rare items are being reused in the most efficient way possible. This decreases our carbon footprint dramatically because new items are not being created in nonregulated factories.
Buyers can not denying the quality that comes with antique oriental rugs and vintage rugs (as an example). Manufacturers were definitely held to a higher standard in the past. This is why rare textiles continue to be very sought after decorating items. By breathing life back into an antique rug, you're able to show off your personality and creativity with a one-of-a-kind item while being confident of its eco-conscious sources.
By purchasing antique textiles, you are able to decrease the need for both the new and raw materials that would otherwise be used to create a new piece. In turn, this also helps to reduce the impact that manufacturing has on our environment and the ozone layer. This direct correlation between manufacturers and the ozone layer stems from unsafe manufacturing which emits harsh and dangerous toxins into our atmosphere. As a buyer of rare and antique pieces, you are doing your part to make sure that this danger is avoided.
Antique items are very beneficial to their collectors because they have already done their offgassing because of their age. This ensures that your collector’s piece will not have any impact on your indoor air quality. New items often admit unknown gases and substances into the air without the buyer's knowledge. This creates an unsafe level of air quality and any home or workplace, which has the potential to negatively affect people as well as pets that share the space.
It is a big misconception that newer items are considered to be better when decorating. The purchase of antique and rare items not only gives you a peace of mind when it comes to leading a healthier eco friendly and greener life, but they also provide a much-needed personality boost to your space. This sophisticated and worldly characteristic is very hard to come by in new items.