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Antique and Vintage Furniture - Recycled, Eco-Friendly and Green

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Experiencing antique and vintage furniture has a very positive impact on the environment. Recycling treasures through the past for our lifestyle today doesn't only save landfill space but in addition has many other positive "green" effects on the planet.

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Recycling vintage furniture saves trees, and breathes new life into beautiful old wood. Most of the finest old growth hardwood is cut down, and made into furniture years ago. Refurbishing these irreplaceable pieces substitutes for even more decimating of more prime mature hardwood trees in endangered forests.

Most new furniture contains particle board. The powerful synthetic glues that bind the sawdust into man-made "wood" release formaldehyde and also other chemical vapors into the air we take a breath our homes and offices for many years.

Recent advances in varnish stripping chemicals have triggered finish removal methods which might be vastly safer and gentler. Many antiques are refinished using water based finishes, much better for that environment than traditional petroleum based lacquers and solvents, many proven to contain carcinogens. And also this makes for healthier working conditions for refinishers.

"Nothing is indeed dangerous as being too modern. The first is apt to grow old-fashioned quite suddenly." noted Oscar Wilde. In addition to the charm and beauty of old furniture, antiques will often be much less expensive than new. Another benefit is the positive feeling that accompanies enhancing the environment. The same satisfaction which comes from rehabbing old buildings is sold with adapting an antique piece to today's lifestyle.

"The first half our lives is ruined by our parents, as well as the second half by our children," said Clarence Darrow. Nevertheless, this is a good feeling to understand that your antique furniture can someday be restored and reused by future generations. It is a pleasure to determine historic things serve us in our daily lives, reflecting the periods and lives of these previous owners, and realizing that they will survive to brighten the lives of other folks in the future. This is the real specification of heirlooms, and the recycling aspect is now critical to preserve life as you may know it on our fragile earth.

Discussion and controversy over how to handle pollution and climate change will continue, but enjoying and experiencing antiques is a simple and positive ecological decision. As Friedrich Engels said, "An ounce of action may be worth a ton of theory."

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