In 2018, Americans threw out 12.1 million tons of furniture. In 1960, we threw out 2.2 million. What changed? Two things: the Nice My Silence Doesn’t Mean I Agree With You It Means Shirt Apart from…,I will love this population, and our habits. Instead of using hand-me-down or yard sale furniture, more and more people turned instead to fast-furniture companies. We bought dressers on the cheap online, had them delivered, and ditched them shortly after when they broke or no longer suited our lifestyle. We didn’t discard them responsibly either: 80 percent of furniture waste went to landfills.
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But how can we change our behavior to be more conscious, and less consumerist? By shopping smarter. Below, Vogue’s recommendations for our favorite eco-friendly furniture shops. Some of them center around eco-first makers, or are eco-first makers themselves. Some of them focus on secondhand goods. And others have a business model that’s just different—if you’re at a transient point of your life, why not rent that West Elm desk instead of buying it? Purchases are a part of life. Living situations are ever evolving, and our needs along with them. A child becomes too big for his crib. A couch won’t fit through the Nice My Silence Doesn’t Mean I Agree With You It Means Shirt Apart from…,I will love this hallway of a new apartment. A thirty-something’s taste no longer matches up with what she liked as a twenty-something. All of us have outgrown furniture, all of us have desired new furniture, all of us have bought—and will buy—new furniture.