Did you know 90% of everything we consume is moved by sea? (It is as reported by the UK Research and Innovation).
In addition, are we finding that waiting six months or longer for delivery of furniture to be the norm? And even though, we have no choice at times, we at Morning Dewdrops would like to pose a different question – Is it worth the wait or can I find something similar locally?
If you can, you would be lowering our carbon footprint. The Nature Conservancy reports the average carbon footprint for a person in the United States is 16 tons, one of the highest rates in the world. Whereas, globally, the average carbon footprint is closer to 4 tons. Across our seas, the shipping industry alone emits about 940 million tons of CO2 annually, which is at least 2.5% of the world’s total CO2 emissions (reported by the UK Research and Innovation).
Could you find in your local community a better made chair, side table or mirror made in the USA? If so, you would be lowering your carbon footprint and causing less furniture to end up in our landfills. You would also be supporting locally-owned, small businesses in the Vintage Marketplace.
According to the article in The Washington Post (by Jura Koncius 01/26/2022), “Antique and Vintage Sales Have Soared, Thanks To Supply Chain Issues,” consumers are focused on sustainable living and saying they are looking for “pre-owned furniture instead of cheaply made fast furniture.”
In the same article, Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy’s trend expert, states, “As people increasingly shop with their values, buying vintage furniture enables sustainability-minded shoppers to reduce their carbon footprint, all while supporting small, independent businesses.”
Do you want to have that one-of-a-kind statement piece of furniture or display? If so, then shop your locally-owned Vintage Marketplaces. You will add character to your home décor while telling your story.
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You may also like to read our last blog, Vintage Contemporary Design
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Please visit Morning Dewdrops by Terri Stephens (Brick & Mortar) at Booth 65 when in the area - Pineville Treasure Chest Too, 2878 Hwy 28E, Pineville, LA (serving the Alexandria/Pineville area).
Images curated by Morning Dewdrops and mk.s
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You can use the link below to calculate your Carbon Footprint (The Nature Conservancy).