According to an article from planetsave.com in an article from 2009, http://planetsave.com/2011/05/05/epa-reports-9-8-million-tons-per-year-in-furniture-waste/ the U.S. EPA reported that furniture accounted for 9.8 million tons (4.1%) of household waste. In addition to contributing to landfill mass, energy is also consumed in removing and transporting end-of-life furniture to landfills.
Depending on constituents, coatings and finishes, there may be the potential for scraped furniture to leach into landfills. During 2015, it was estimated that we spent $121.7 billion to re-furbish our homes with new furniture. In an article written by Inhabit.com http://inhabitat.com/one-percent-of-all-the-worlds-commercial-wood-is-used-to-make-ikea-products/, it is claimed that Ikea alone uses about one percent of the world’s entire commercial wood supply. That amounts to about 17.8 million cubic yards of lumber a year.
As consumers, marketers encourage us to update the décor of our homes on a regular basis, many do not give thought to where these items originate or what they’re actually made from.
Recycling your existing furniture and interior millwork while using the latest products and techniques for wood furniture restoration and refurbishment helps minimize our impact on the environment while saving you money. Refurbishing furniture, rather than buying new, lowers your energy footprint. There is a significant amount of energy required to harvest lumber, process it and build new furniture; refurbishing existing furniture eliminates the need to expend this energy.
Pinnacle strives to help create a positive impact on the environment in three ways:
- Lower impact on landfills—Re-using furniture repurposes furniture rather than discarding it into overburdened landfills.
- Reduce deforestation —Using restored furniture reduces the need to harvest wood to manufacture new.
- Reduce overall environmental impact—Using environmentally friendly products such as low VOCs and HAP free stains and finishes, as well as state-of-the-art spraying equipment, reduces air pollutants and creates a more healthy environment for both our customers and our employees.