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From Antiques to Upcycling: How to Make Your Interiors More Eco Friendly in 2021

Why upcycle?

Upcycling simply allows the transformation of an old item into a new one. This phenomenon is all about creativity and revaluing things that already exist. Perhaps the start of a rebellion against our current over-consuming society - what better time to start this battle than at the beginning of a new year!


The choice to upcycle will not only bring uniqueness to your home but it’s also a chance to save one of the 22 million pieces of furniture which annually reaches landfill sites in the UK.


It’s all about questioning the current industry landscape which has been dominated by fast furniture. We must stop seeing our items as things to get rid of, but as objects with many ‘lives’ if we give them a chance.


Now that we have our goals aligned, you’re hopefully wondering how you too can make your home more eco-friendly and sustainable.


‘Revive’ your old furniture

Yes, we tend to give or even throw away our furniture when their golden years have passed. Nevertheless, the eco-friendly mindset we are willing to embrace calls for more sustainable alternatives: the restoration of those pieces of furniture instead.


Rather than caving into the habit of ‘throwing away’ without hesitation, we must resist that instinct. For example, finding a furniture restorer or taking on the challenge to restore it yourself will allow your objects to return to their former glory.


Your ‘new’ furniture (and cost-effective might I add) will be brought back to life with a different aura which will reinvigorate your home and revive its ambience.


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Repurpose Your Items

Upcycling requires a fair amount of time and creativity, however, the rewards are invaluable and can even provide a source of calmness. As Mary Poppins said, “In every job that must be done. There is an element of fun”.


I have found that typically ordinary pieces of furniture can be transformed into purposeful new items: make-up organisers, desk-tidies, or candles. A small vintage mirror can be quickly turned into a unique table tray or an old window can become a message board - the options are limitless. That’s why before I start labelling things at home as useless, I try to think of ways to repurpose them.

Bring some history home

Driven by nostalgia, the vintage furniture trend has become one of the most common options in the eco-friendly department. Opting for second-hand options entails giving another ‘life’ to what is already out there.


We are not only recycling but also adopting unique items with their own character and personality. When buying second-hand pieces, you are also purchasing the stories behind them.


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Quality matters

Within the vintage category, the quality of items may vary considerably. Investing in solid antique items for your home will guarantee not only a sense of uniqueness but also its durability, and therefore a more sustainable choice.


I believe the material of the item and its naturalness, the manufacturing technique or the maintenance requirements become key players when deciding which items are here to stay.


Take-home message

From reading this blog, I hope you can get on board with my mindset: ‘never throw away objects that are usable’. We must agree that society’s current acceptance of consumption is affecting the environment heavily; we can no longer turn our heads away from this unsustainable practice.


And after all, what better feeling than to love and feel connected to objects in your home, all whilst knowing you are taking that extra step towards a sustainable lifestyle!


‘Revive’ your old furniture

Yes, we tend to give or even throw away our furniture when their golden years have passed. Nevertheless, the eco-friendly mindset we are willing to embrace calls for more sustainable alternatives: the restoration of those pieces of furniture instead.


Rather than caving into the habit of ‘throwing away’ without hesitation, we must resist that instinct. For example, finding a furniture restorer or taking on the challenge to restore it yourself will allow your objects to return to their former glory.


Your ‘new’ furniture (and cost-effective might I add) will be brought back to life with a different aura which will reinvigorate your home and revive its ambience.


from-antiques-to-upcycling-how-to-make-your-interiors-more-eco-friendly-in

Repurpose Your Items

Upcycling requires a fair amount of time and creativity, however, the rewards are invaluable and can even provide a source of calmness. As Mary Poppins said, “In every job that must be done. There is an element of fun”.


I have found that typically ordinary pieces of furniture can be transformed into purposeful new items: make-up organisers, desk-tidies, or candles. A small vintage mirror can be quickly turned into a unique table tray or an old window can become a message board - the options are limitless. That’s why before I start labelling things at home as useless, I try to think of ways to repurpose them.

Bring some history home

Driven by nostalgia, the vintage furniture trend has become one of the most common options in the eco-friendly department. Opting for second-hand options entails giving another ‘life’ to what is already out there.


We are not only recycling but also adopting unique items with their own character and personality. When buying second-hand pieces, you are also purchasing the stories behind them.


from-antiques-to-upcycling-how-to-make-your-interiors-more-eco-friendly-in

Quality matters

Within the vintage category, the quality of items may vary considerably. Investing in solid antique items for your home will guarantee not only a sense of uniqueness but also its durability, and therefore a more sustainable choice.


I believe the material of the item and its naturalness, the manufacturing technique or the maintenance requirements become key players when deciding which items are here to stay.

Take-home message

From reading this blog, I hope you can get on board with my mindset: ‘never throw away objects that are usable’. We must agree that society’s current acceptance of consumption is affecting the environment heavily; we can no longer turn our heads away from this unsustainable practice.


And after all, what better feeling than to love and feel connected to objects in your home, all whilst knowing you are taking that extra step towards a sustainable lifestyle!


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