While it may be tempting to toss those 5-year-old chairs in favor of a new set, constant rotating of furniture and home goods puts a serious strain on the environment. New furniture requires resources to be built, meaning more trees have to be cut down and more materials manufactured. The combined waste of throwing away old furniture and manufacturing new furniture is excessive, and far too many households toss furniture after only a few years of use.
If you are considering new furniture for your home, first consider refreshing your current furniture with a coat of paint. Chairs, tables, desks, shelves, credenzas, coffee tables and more can be turned from drab to fab with a quick coat of paint, giving you that new look you crave without unnecessarily wasting resources.
Did you know…
- Furniture accounts for 9.8 million tons of waste annually (4% of all household waste)
- Nearly all furniture ends up in landfills, despite containing reusable materials
- The average American spends over $600 a year on furniture
- The average amount of money spent on a full apartment of furniture in the U.S. is over $8,000