Unfortunately, over the past few decades, almost everything in the world has become disposable. The days of buying a quality product that lasted a lifetime are over. Inbuilt obsolescence over consumer durables used to be measured in decades but is now measured in years.
The emergence as China as an economic powerhouse has been based greatly on the premise of them producing cheap, disposable items composed of materials that are destructive to the environment such as plastic and lead. However, with a greater awareness of global warming and its potential causes, increases in fatal diseases and their potential causes, it is apparent that we must change the way that we live and treat the world or we may not have a world left. That is one of the basic premise behind recycling, being environmentally aware, and attempting to minimize our carbon footprint.
This call to action has been evolving for a number of years now and as this awareness has grown so too have its adherents and proponents. The mass acceptance of recycling materials such as glass, paper, and tin, when complemented with an economic incentive as well as a “feel good” environmental effect is an almost unbeatable combination in making people act in an environmentally appropriate manner.
Together with this new found appreciation of all things environmental has come an increased enlightenment that you do not have to sacrifice beauty or quality to do good to the economy. Where possible, building with natural products such as stone and wood from trees planted in sustainable forests rather than cement, which is one of world’s great carbon dioxide emitting industries, is both good for you and the environment.
This flows through to your day to day items in the house. Why buy plastic furniture when there are eco-friendly options such as bamboo or rattan furniture. There is even furniture being produced from recycled cardboard.
Rattan, which is native to Australasia, Africa, and Asia, is derived from the palm tree. It grows quickly and due to its hardy nature is suitable for both indoor and outdoor furniture. As is the case with any wood, it brings a natural and calming aura to its environment and matches any color scheme.
Being eco-friendly need not come at the expense of living with beautiful things or having to compromise on quality. Your investment in the environment is ultimately an investment in yourself and your future generations.