The other day I stumbled across a post on Facebook where someone asked for advice on how to re-cover an old chair. Another woman, smiling on her profile picture in front of a beautiful natural landscape with fantastic waterfalls, commented on this with “It's not worth it, you'd better buy a new one. Then I actually started a friendly discussion with her, which unfortunately ended in a “none of your business”. Uh no.
Out of sight, out of mind!
Where do these immeasurable mountains of stuff end up that we produce and throw away? Or the many things from bulky waste, all the pressed cardboard furniture model “living room wall, 125 euros” - that can't even get through moving to the next room?
Much of our garbage ends up shredded in third world countries such as Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam or in Eastern Europe, where most of it ends up in landfills. In short: we produced goods there cheaply, dragged them here, and then - when they were "played back" - sent these things back there. Why? To have it nice here, so that all the rubbish doesn't pollute our landscape, health, etc. ... environmental protection and so on. Practical: in these recipient countries, environmental protection laws are still in their infancy or simply not affordable. Environmental protection costs money.
A great idea in my opinion: From now on, the dog poop will be thrown by my dog in the neighboring garden so that I don't step in when I walk through my garden or want to lie in the sun. Bold? Why, lived practice with garbage. The dog poop is still a manageable evil, it weathers, the big mountain of rubbish that we produce every day just doesn't.
But what can we do? I did a little research and found a lot of nice opportunities where everyone can do something.
To buy second hand!
Years ago it was unthinkable to make someone happy with a gift that had already been in use somewhere. As children, we always gossiped about our grandmother when she gave away something from mother's youth for our birthdays - extremely uncool. At Grandma's every pair of pants was lengthened, shortened, and continued again three times, because thrift - even without financial hardship - was the top priority, and there were also no great opportunities or needs for shopping.
After a decade-long preference for new purchases, a lot is happening again, that's kind of in the air, because used individual items convey uniqueness and sustainability. And especially the topic of uniqueness for us individuals who are severely restricted by the current situation is becoming increasingly important. Many a fan of yellow-blue furniture stores have now understood this after the construction workers paused on the steel girders dangling towards them for years in their entire circle of friends (optionally the naked blue lady).
Why am I telling you this? Because it is important to me, and because we have a beautiful online store www.vintage-kontor.com want to start right here, namely to convey the message “used is sexy”. With our shop, we try to “turn used things with real signs of use into a lifestyle. It has to get even cooler to get a unique piece from a bygone era, or to buy and use it.
So, stop by and subscribe to our newsletter. And otherwise, off to the junk (as soon as this is possible again), or online and shop with a clear conscience. That saves the environment and resources and makes you happy! And once you start looking at things with different eyes, you discover so many beautiful things.