Antiques are the oldest form of recycling and with a little imagination, they can happily fit into the modern interior.

They are also invariably a lot more affordable than their modern counterparts and tend to hold their value a lot better. Many antiques were made with so much skill and are of such quality that they are often passed down from generation to generation as highly prized family heirlooms and their carbon footprint has long been eradicated

Consider the carbon footprint left by a new chest of drawers made from trees cut down in the Far East, transported to a factory, and shipped across the world for sale. When this, or an MDF or chipboard wardrobe, invariably collapses after a few years, it causes yet more environmental issues.

There is little wonder that so many people are fascinated by antiques and by using antiques, we  can not only marvel at and preserve craftsmanship at its very best but by so doing we also do our small but important part to help save the planet.

By implementing the following green tips, will also help to save our planet.

Biodegradable Bubble Wrap
Use biodegradable bubble wrap, A totally biodegradable bubble wrap with a greenish tint is available, and sold in rolls of 100 metre length, with 50-150cm width. Exposure to heat and moisture in landfill causes the polymers in this plastic to break down into particles that can be digested by microbes, leaving behind no toxic residues. It can be argued that these biodegradable polyethylene polymers use substantially less fossil fuels in their production than biodegradable PLA-based plant starch polymers, without diverting important agricultural land away from food production. 

Candles
Use beeswax or soya candles rather than standard parafin candles. Beeswax and soya is produced in a matter of months where as parafin takes millions of years to produce as it is derived from fossil fuel. 

Switch Off Electrical Appliances
Switch off your computer monitor when not in use even if only for 10 minutes, because your monitor uses twice the energy of your PC. 

Switch off your mobile phone charger when it is finished charging. If you do not it will keep drawing almost as much energy as when charging and you will generate 35-70 kg of avoidable CO2 each year. In fact 95% of the energy used by mobile phone chargers in the UK is wasted energy

Recycling
A recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours. Up to 60% of the rubbish that ends up in the dustbin could be recycled. 

Each tonne of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 KW of energy and 7000 gallons of water. 

On average every person in the UK throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks. Incinerating 10,000 tonnes of waste creates one job, land-filling the same amount of waste creates six jobs but recycling this much waste creates 36 jobs.