Monday, September 20, 2010
The "Ultimate Green" business?
But, there is one "green industry" that's been around for about 300 years and is still going strong. In my opinion, it's the original "re-cycling business" if you will, and the best "green" business in the world!!! The antique business!!!! saves energy, saves trees, doesn't pollute, recycles old materials, doesn't require chemical finishes, is extremely functional, has intrinsic value, never goes to a landfill, has no carbon footprint, passes from generation to generation, has asthetic beauty, creates jobs and spurs the economy!
Every time someone buys an antique, they are "going green!" I think I will contact Al Gore and get him to do a documentary on "green antiques".... it could be called, "A Convenient Truth". I don't think it would even have to be doctored to win an Oscar!!! Sorry, getting political again, better shut up. (Plus, since he invented the internet, I better not pick on him).
Seriously, the antique business really is a "green" business and was "green before "green" was cool; folks just didn't realize it! If you think about it, how many products are out there that can be "recycled" for 300 years and look and function as good as they did when they were new? Plus, besides fine wine, (and my lovely wife), how many things get better with age? (She tells me all the time she's getting older, I just tell her it's a beautiful "patina!"). Think of some of the things I mentioned earlier. Utilizing antiques instead of new furniture, helps save the rain forest. It's amazing the amount of timber that is cleared each year in places like Indonesia, the Phillipines and South America for manufacturing furniture! Plus, think about the fuel it takes to haul timber, power to mill it and ship it. The majority of new furniture has lacquer finishes; what happens to the spent chemicals? Where do the lacquer fumes go? It takes tons of cardboard to pack it and millions of gallons of fuel to ship and truck it. Plus, it's mostly made in Asia now and the quality sucks! Sorry, but true!
So, the antique business in my opinion is "the ultimate green business." So if you're following this blog, start doing your part to "go green" and save the earth.... buy antiques! I promise you this is a habit you'll feel good about, will help save the planet and you can know you're also helping your fellow man. (yes, guys like me!)
P.S. I forgot to mention the other great aspect of "going green" by buying antiques....you can also pay with "green". That's my favorite part! Gotta love it!