Antiques move into the spotlight for greener living.
Commissioned by members of the antiques trade, extensive independent research
finally puts a figure on just how eco-friendly buying antiques can be.
The analysis compared the greenhouse gas emissions produced during the lifespan of
two chest of drawers; one constructed in 1830 with an assumed lifespan of 195 years
during which time it has been restored and sold twice and, the other, a new piece ofsimilar value available from a reputable high street retailer with an assumed lifespan of
15 years. The detailed report focuses on all stages of each product’s lifecycle: from the
sourcing of materials to the manufacturing processes, the transportation to the storage
and finally to the disposal.
Antiques not only provide unique style and value for money but, as this report confirms
with the pieces used for the research, the annual emissions of an antique piece can be
as little as one sixteenth of those of its new equivalent.
Nigel Worboys, founder of Antiques are Green Campaign and who spearheaded theresearch says “We launched the website www.antiquesaregreen.org last year to help
communicate what ‘the trade’, had been thinking for quite a while. We’re delighted tohave our thoughts confirmed - 16 times over! Buying antiques reduces landfill, reduces
carbon emissions, reduces consumption of new goods from abroad and, preserves our
heritage for future generations.”
Mark Hill, co-presenter of the BBC’s Cracking Antiques and an expert on the Antiques
Roadshow comments “There has never been a better time to buy antiques – not only
do they provide us with excellent value for money and the opportunity to create our
own individual style but they also enable us to help the environment through ‘glamorous
recycling’ as confirmed by the facts in this insightful report.”
The study was conducted by Carbon Clear, an independent consultancy specialising in
carbon management and carbon accounting. For a full copy of the report visit:
www.antiquestradegazette.com or www.antiquesaregreen.org
In order to compare the footprint of the
products based on their lifespan, the carbon
footprint per year of use was calculated. This
showed that the antique product has an annual
carbon footprint of 0.72kg CO2e, whereas the
new product has a footprint per year of use of11.36kg CO2e. Therefore, a new chest of
drawers will have a carbon impact sixteen times
higher than an antique chest of drawers.
Notes to editors:
The report was commissioned by members of
the antiques trade which includes:
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