Conservation Aspect

Conservation AspectIn many ways the antique and ‘older product type’ buyer is the ultimate ‘greenie’ or recycler. Purchasing, restoring and particularly using older items mean these things have been saved from the ‘waste disposal bin’. This also means these items have been substituted for the purchase of newly manufactured ones. These newer items would necessarily have been cut from scarce timbers or mined and manufactured more recently. Many of these primary timber and mineral resources require fuel and energy to excavate and transport them around the globe to willing manufacturers and purchasers of products.

Although this creates an active economy and produces employment, an over-active economy produces waste and pollution at an unprecedented rate. So surely it is better to have a moderated economy and conserve some of those resources.

When resources are wasted and pollution is running rampant, the list goes on. Greenhouse gases, large carbon footprints, the ozone hole, acid rain and water pollution and shortages to name a few. These are all well documented effects on the planet and the environment caused by uncontrolled manufacturing.

What better way of conserving materials and the world’s resources, than continuing to use and restore some of the items already manufactured; by this I mean encouraging the use, restoring and using older antique items.

In this ‘day and age’ where the environment is now ‘centre stage’ for many people, there is no better way of demonstrating your commitment to the ‘green movement ideals’ than by recycling and using available older products. Although this does not seem to be fashionable at present, it is a tangible way that individuals can ‘make a difference’ and if it is enjoyable, so much the better.

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The three stage program of the green movement are to; 1. reuse, 2. restore, 3. recycle. In many ways the restorer, buyer and supporter of antique and older products satisfy the first and second of these basic precepts. We consider these are also the two most important of the three concepts as these require less energy than the third (recycle) as products that are reconstuted are pooled into component parts and transformed into new products (eg. recycling of metals, paper, glass).