As I’ve aged, I have started to value sustainability. When I was a younger person, I was indubitably more carefree and frivolous. What I’ve realised as time has gone on is, it’s more valuable for you to have unadulterated quality, than mere quantity. Although quantity can look good short term, long term isn’t viable because it lacks the quality needed to remain in good working order.
Let’s look at it in this way. You have two choices.
Choice one: A really cheap “car” but this “car” has no doors, no roof and no boot. It’s just an engine on a chassis. Short term it’s a bargain. Pennies not pounds.
Choice two: A more expensive car with all the doors, roof and boot. But it’s much more expensive in the short term.
Choice one is only good value whilst the sun is shining and you’re travelling short distances. You could use it for 2 months then it fails. Then what? But choice two has everything. It’s more expensive but it’s worth the outlay because of what it is guarantees you. See? Sustainability. Simple.
And that’s how I want my lifestyle to be. So now, when I buy something, be it furniture, kitchenware and suchlike, I want it to be from a sustainable source, and I want it to last. People shouldn’t waste money just to be “fashionable” they should hanker for something that someone after them can still cherish. I think that’s one reason that I err towards hand made, locally sourced items, especially since my partner’s health issue last year.
Products Made to Last
One such company that I’ve taken a liking to, that appreciate sustainability and the need for products to stand the test of time – Made to Last. They sell items guaranteed to last a minimum of a year as opposed to a regular manufacturers year one. That alone is a pretty unique tagline. Products where at least 50% of the man-work involved in producing it is British Isles based. Their product line is quite impressive too. Lighting with guarantees for up to 25 years. That’s practically unheard of in 2018, yet here it is laid out for retail gratification. Some which would not look out of place in an adaptation of Brief Encounter. It might even last as just long with the guarantee Made to Last state.
To The Humble Sofa Bed
Sofa beds have always been a thing of mine. My nan would fill the living room in her holiday home with sofa beds to allow more people to visit and stay there. From the early 70s right up until the mid 90s she still had the same sofa beds in the room (albeit different covers) all still perfectly useable and as comfortable as when they were first purchased. Her taste in colour may have been questionable but she had an eye of quality. She would spend more money on something, safe in the knowledge it would last and invariably did. Take a look at Made to Last’s range of Sofa Beds. All of them feature a 15 year or more frame guarantee and the Jaybe ones to last a life! You can’t get better than that anywhere. Whats more, they even have several discounted, so you can still grab a bargain.
Our ancestors didn’t fill their homes with cheap flat packs, they would save to spend it on something with longevity. There are quite a few to choose from too at Made to Last from a Chinton 1 Seater Chair with 15 years guarantee (ideal for a child’s bedroom) to a Jaybe footstool that turns into a bed. My footstool only contains envelopes and it’s the exact same size.
We aim to challenge long-held perceptions over value, which are driven by prices and brand names, to help consumers identify true value for money – Joel Chudleigh, co-founder Made to Last.
Making the right choices
I think sometimes it can be our need to have it immediately that sway our choices. I’m sure you have bought something as a cheap alternative and regretted it as quickly fallen apart. It’s that lustful mindset that seems to take over when we see a bargain which feeds our need. But if you stepped back and realised that the item you have just bought for pennies, had contributed to poor working conditions, would you still buy it? It doesn’t lead to sustainability, it’s only contributing to the acceptance of unsafe practices and paltry pay for those in need. Could your conscious cope if it knew the reality of why it’s stacked high and sold for a pittance time and time again? Someone somewhere is paying the price. Sustainability should be the key. Help support companies that care.