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A thought on everyone’s mind in today’s world: “How can I make more sustainable choices?” When it comes to the home, there are many small changes you can make which go a long way. Whether it’s converting to renewable energy sources, reducing your consumption of plastic or even making your own toothpaste – every little truly helps in the fight for our environment. So, what’s the next step for eco-lovers (like you Wicked lot!) to truly embrace a sustainable home?

Invest in products that are designed to last generations

Opting for high-quality well-made products that last a lifetime and don’t need to be replaced quickly is key. A big issue which is often overlooked in the fight for our environment is the high number of furniture items that end up in landfill and not properly disposed of due to excess stock and pieces of short-term quality. The key to this is to research good-quality, hardwearing pieces that will stand the test of time. Look for 3 things when considering purchasing a new piece: is it understandable? Repairable? Does it have soul beyond fashionable seasons and trends? If your answer is a joyous ‘Yes!’ to all 3 of these questions, then that is a great indication that your new piece will avoid the dreaded landfill.

On your search for your lifelong investment, look for makers that aim to keep the tradition of furniture making alive by building pieces that will last for hundreds of years rather than just a handful. Arguably, the most sustainable thing for a maker to do is to make things that people buy once and cherish for a lifetime.

Reclaimed & Recycled

Regarding material, sustainability can come from a product being recycled - something that’s been crafted from materials previously used for something else and given new life as a piece of furniture. It also comes from using materials that are a renewable resource and that grow easily, like wood. Using wood for your furniture is a fantastic choice if you’re looking for more sustainable interior choices.

For our reclaimed products, we source salvaged wood from floorboards reclaimed from decommissioned boxcar freight trains. The aged wood is simply dumped, wasting a resource and expanding the valuable space blighted with landfill. Using reclaimed wood breaks the cycle of waste, reclaiming a valued resource that has improved with age; the distressed-effect of the wood is a result of years of moving cargo through the train’s boxcars resulting in a characterful, rich surface – just see for yourself! Wood is a powerful tool in our fight against climate breakdown.

Limiting Deforestation

One of the biggest benefits of using reclaimed wood is that it can limit deforestation—even today, plenty of wood is taken from forest areas which are not being managed sustainably. When these trees are cut to develop new furniture, it affects an entire ecosystem negatively. Using reclaimed wood for furniture avoids this problem.

Partnering with ethical, sustainable furniture makers is so important as our forests are the lungs of our earth and, if not properly managed and preserved, our ability to tackle climate change is reduced. We know how important that is here at Wicked, so we decided to manage our own woodland in Hertfordshire in order to boost its biodiversity. What’s more, we are committed to making the wood we use more responsibly sourced every day.

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It doesn't have to be reclaimed

We understand that reclaimed isn't for everybody. But you don’t have to buy reclaimed wood for it to be sustainable. Choosing proper hardwoods such as oak or walnut when shopping for furniture is a much more sustainable decision than opting for a cheaper, more easily-damaged alternative. And, of course, consider the accumulative impact of shipping cheap, poor quality goods over large distances.

It’s also important to think about where your furniture comes from. Has it been imported from another country? To be sustainable, it’s always best to shop locally - from a company that also uses locally-sourced materials - to keep the carbon footprint low and the impact on the environment minimal.

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Toby Hardman

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