Furniture waste has grown appallingly in recent decades. Many have heard of fast fashion, what about fast furniture?
In this article, we’ll discuss how you as a pre-owned furniture buyer can help to reduce the massive waste of natural resources.
According to Worldometer, Singapore is responsible for 48,381,759 tons of carbon emissions in 2016. With the country’s population being more than 5.5 million at that time, the emissions stand at 8.56 tons per capita, contributing 0.14% of the world’s total emissions.
According to the National Environment Agency in Singapore, the country generated 304 tonnes of wood waste in 2020 among which they have recycled 195 tonnes and disposed of 109 tonnes. A substantial amount of this wastage finds its way into the Semakau Landfill.
The above statistics show why the furniture industry in Singapore is like the others across the world. Few would argue that the particular industry is one of the least sustainable and most polluting ones. However, the industry isn’t to be blamed if we can explore other alternatives.
Relying more on second-hand furniture can be a viable solution. Here are some ways to address the current situation in a more sustainable manner: