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In the global climate of carbon-offset schemes and ecological
footprint equations, the 'green issue' has been dominating
design conversations for some time. However, it is only recently
that words such as 'green' and 'sustainable' have gained a place
in the antiques industry, despite antiques being some of the most
green and sustainable products of all.
Antiques are Green (antiquesaregreen.org) is the first website
to promote the environmentally friendly credentials of antiques,
and was launched by UK dealer Nigel Worboys in September last
year. rough this not-for-profit project, antiques are now being
recognised for their genuine green hallmarks: 'Sustainable, reusable
and resaleable'. While that's nothing new -- antiques have always
had these characteristics -- the project is opening up potential new
markets, gaining the interest of many people who may not have
considered buying antiques before.
But just how much has the sustainability tag and subsequent new
way of looking at antiques caught on? While Antiques are Green now
has more than 300 registered members worldwide, Nigel is unsure
how much of an effect it has had on the industry so far.
"It is difficult to measure," he says. "However there are various
articles appearing in the press that mention the green credentials of
antiques. Last week, on our most popular radio station, BBC Radio
2, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen [interior designer and television and
radio personality] mentioned antiques as an environmental choice."
Nigel says it's about conserving -- and sometimes modernising --
antiques, something that can be as simple as putting an antique item
in a modern setting. " is can make more of a statement than if it's
in a period setting," he explains.
On a local level, John Brans, of Brans Antiques & Art, says there's
been some increased recognition of the green side of antiques, but
he believes the concept is still fairly unrecognised in WA. He thinks
dealers understand that it makes a lot of sense to promote antiques
in this way, but he highlights that "things move pretty slowly in
the antiques industry". In terms of promoting antiques, he feels it's
about educating people in different ways of using them in modern
houses, and mixing them with contemporary art. Watch this space
next issue to see how the carbon footprint of an antique chest of drawers
compares with a modern one made in the Far East.
Text Georgina Walsh
Sustainable, reuseable, resaleable... Why antiques
may be a winner in the new age of green is best .
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