We understand that being an owner of a hotel, restaurant, café or pub can be tough at times. Due to our current economic climate, business owners are constantly looking for new ways to try and reduce both their environmental and financial waste.
One area of your business you may not realise could help you to reduce waste is the furniture you choose to use in your establishment.
Many business owners will review their interior design every so often and may consider a completely new look which can involve disposing of all the current furnishings. But for both environmental and financial purposes, there are many reasons why this isn’t the best solution. This article lists five of those reasons and explains why restoring some of your classic furniture is better for our environment, and for your bank account.
By definition alone, a classic doesn’t age. It will always be seen as a favourite amongst all the designs out there. Whilst you may initially consider following the crowd by investing in the latest modern design, think about where you will be a few years down the line. Will that particular trend still be in fashion? Modern trends are changing every day in every area of our lives. So whilst some brand new, shiny design will be a novelty that brings in customers initially, it’s likely this won’t still be the case in a few months’ time. Once this happens, you would need to have another rethink about how to furnish your business, making another big dent in your wallet. It’s likely you’ll also dispose of your current furniture, increasing the demand for new materials. If, however, you invest in classic furniture for the interior design of your establishment, it won’t be affected by the ever changing fashion trends. There are so many companies nowadays that specialise in restoring classic furniture (ourselves included) so that, even if your chairs, stools or tables were looking a little worse for wear, once you’ve involved a professional traditional furniture restorer, they’ll look good as new (1800’s new, that is!)
We all know the importance of recycling and people are constantly trying to find ways to reduce their carbon footprint. As classic furniture is so simple to restore nowadays, choosing to recycle some of your current furniture by opting for a restoration will mean there is less demand to use up natural resources. Think about it; if you already have a piece of classic furniture that only needs a few joints repairing, the requirement for materials needed to complete this simple restoration is going to be much less than it would be for someone who has chosen to buy all their furniture brand new. Remember, the wood required to produce classic furniture has to come from somewhere. That somewhere is from trees and as we all know, reducing the number of trees around the world means reducing the amount of oxygen we so vitally need, and instead increases the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Choosing to restore some of your classic furniture instead of disposing of it all will reduce the need to add to our already overflowing landfill sites. The waste in these sites has a negative impact on our environment which is caused by the harmful chemicals emitting from the rubbish. There are a staggering 1,500 landfill sites across the UK. These produce powerful greenhouse gasses which have a massive negative impact on our environment and as such, we are experiencing many climate changes. The last thing you want to do is increase this problem by adding to the amount that’s already there.
Imagine for a minute that you do decide to completely dispose of your current furniture stock; how are you going to go about doing this? A simple matter of popping it in your wheelie bin isn’t going to work given the sheer quantity of the load, so it’s likely you would have to hire a skip. This is not a small cost. When paying to hire a skip, not only are you paying to dispose of the goods, you’re also paying for the cost of all the equipment required to process the waste and the cost of transporting the skip to and from your location. It’s also not good for the environment as the transportation process will require a vehicle which will emit gasses into our atmosphere. And, as it’s likely to be a large skip you’ll be requiring for your large load of furniture, then a large vehicle will be required to transport it which will – you guessed it – emit a larger amount of gasses. Why not choose to buy just a few new items of furniture and instead, restore the rest? This will remove the requirement for a skip along with the costs and environmental waste that come with it.
Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life that there are people out there who like to cause havoc wherever they go. And someone who stumbles across a stored woodpile of old, disposed furniture may see this as a chance to cause more destruction by setting fire to it. Naturally, this would cause fumes and nasty waste gasses to be emitted into our atmosphere, negatively affecting our environment. Restoring some of your classic furniture instead of simply disposing of it all would reduce the number of stored woodpiles around the country and subsequently, reduce the chances of arson and vandalism taking place.
So if you are thinking of revamping the interior design of your hotel, restaurant, pub or café, remember that classic furniture will stand the test of time and won’t be affected by the ever changing fashion trends of modern design. Take a look at our traditional furniture section to browse the wide variety of stools, chairs, tables and other accessories we have to offer. Or come on over for a visit to see it all first hand.
On the other hand, if you already have an establishment full of classic furniture, but you feel it needs a bit of a tidy up, get in contact with our friendly team today and let’s have a chat about how we can help you spruce it all up.