How to Help
Adopt the Four Stages of Furniture Waste Reduction
Often times, broken furniture can be fixed, and in today’s wired world, anybody can be the fixer. With a quick internet search and a little know-how, everything from loose legs to leather wear and tear can be tackled at home. If it’s beyond your comfort level, don’t give up until you’ve reached out to an expert. Again, the internet connects us. Furniture repair people are just an email away.
Colors can be changed, and fresh fabric can breathe new life into tired furniture, but repurposing goes even deeper. Dressers become benches. Entertainment centers become pint-sized wardrobes. Upright pianos become dry bars! Thinking outside the box when it comes to furniture is the key to avoiding the landfill and saving some serious money.
Just because you don’t want it, doesn’t mean someone else can’t use it. Remember, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Start by asking friends and family, or post the item online. If you’re not interested in selling it, and your furniture is in good shape, download our database and contact one of the organizations or businesses listed.
Did you know furniture is composed of many recyclable parts? Metal and untreated lumber can be easily recycled in most areas. Safely and properly disassembling furniture when it reaches the end of its usable lifespan means less material ends up in the landfill.
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