Time to ditch the Throwaway culture
Kerb side collections, like them or loath them, are part of daily living in today’s society. So let me ask you, have you ever looked closely at what people are throwing away? Of course I’m pretty sure you haven’t plundered through your neighbours “rubbish”, but it’s hard not to notice the sheer abundance of discarded furniture piled high along grass verges, just waiting for council pick up. If you have looked closely, you will notice that more often than not, the items that are thrown away are fairly new pieces!
It is no secret that our goods are no longer being passed down through the generations; rather, as with the kerb side collection pieces, they end up in landfill sometimes after only a few years of use!
While our disposable culture is undoubtedly an underlying cause, the poor quality of modern furniture is also a major factor. A lot of new furniture is generally useless after only a couple of years, particularly anything mass-produced at the cheaper end of the market. While some do try to restore these products, unfortunately many are made with engineered wood and plastics, which can’t be sanded back and restored.
So what can we do about it?
Most importantly we need to change our approach to purchasing furniture. We really need to consider the quality and longevity of each piece, how it is made and of course what products are used to make it. By offering local craftspeople the opportunity to create beautiful bespoke pieces from local, ethically sourced products, not only can we produce well designed furniture which will look great and last a lifetime, we can also address many of the environmental impacts associated with buying mass-produced from overseas.
There are thousands of highly skilled craftspeople in Australia, who can either help you restore or transform good quality furniture into a more contemporary design, or who can create your perfect new furniture piece to your exact specifications.
At all times, we need to look at sustainability, and ensure that what we use today will have a positive impact on tomorrow. So when you are choosing your next coffee table, think long term, think sustainable, and support local trades by creating a beautiful design that you and your family will love for many years to come.
Buy cheap, pay twice, Buy once, buy well.
Images reproduced with the kind permission of Cameron from Maki-Maki - see www.makimaki.com.au