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 right 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 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 to buy not pounds.
Choice two: A more expensive car with all the doors, roof and boot. But it’s much more costly in the short term.
Choice one is only good value while the sun is shining and you’re travelling short distances. You could use it for two months then it fails. Then what? But choice two has everything. It is the more expensive option but gives more value in its faultless usage. 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 to be “fashionable” they should desire something that someone after them can still cherish. I think that’s one reason that I err towards handmade, locally sourced items, especially since my partner’s health issue last year.
The Test of Time
One such company that I’ve taken a liking to, that appreciate sustainability and the need for products to stand the test of time – Sustainable Furniture. A Cornish family run business, with ethics clear to see: support local sustainability (from FSC approved suppliers) while providing carefully precision manufactured products that will last a lifetime for the consumer.
Coastal Dining Furniture
Take a look at some of the beautiful furniture they feature, made from reclaimed pine. A coastal dining table with four chairs, from the Coastal Collection, looks incredible, yet practical and terrifically stylish. There’s no doubt with production on a small scale, the attention to detail is exemplary. It’s a classic piece that wouldn’t look out of place in a beautifully adorned white beach hut, complete with matching bookcase and vintage bunting. I can feel the sun beating down on my bare shoulders, as we speak.
It’s this standard of manufacturing, especially via it’s UK roots, which makes me proud to be British. Flatpack, disposable living is ok for some, but I prefer to support sustainability, lower my carbon footprint and not make a detrimental dent in my environment. Our ancestors didn’t fill their homes with cheap flat packs; they would spend it on a quality item, giving it the ability to thrive in the future, it’s longevity. Some things that have the pleasure of being handed down to the next generation, and so forth.
Making the right choices
I think sometimes it can be our need to have it immediately that sway our decisions. I’m sure you have bought something like 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 took a step 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 adding to the acceptance of unsafe practices and paltry pay for those in need. Could your conscience 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.