Carbon Clear, the carbon management consultancy, studied the construction and lifespan of a chest of drawers that was built in 1830 with a projected lifespan of 195 years after being sold on and restored twice. This was compared with the average high-street equivalent which is likely to last for only 15 years.
The overall result was that the antique had a carbon footprint of 0.72kg CO2e per year, compared to a massive 11.36kg CO2e per year. Antiques are the Eco option even if you don’t consider how many trees you save and you are buying something that is meant to last 150 years at least instead of 15! So buy antiques and keep our forests looking like the picture above