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I’m a firm believer of circular economy, as you might already know this. This system aimed at minimising waste and making the most of resources. This regenerative approach of producing long-lasting design, as well as maintenance, repair, reuse, refurbish, and recycle instead of the a “take, make, dispose” model of production.
I am a big fan of vintage furniture and I always look for refurbished and upcycled pieces as well. And when it comes to buy something new, I always make sure that it is manufactured sustainable and ethically. Recycling the old furniture saves the need for raw materials for making new furniture products. Recycling the old furniture reduces the consumption of resources required to make new ones. So, recycling then saves trees and also contributes towards dealing with global warming.
Introducing J. N. Rusticus
I recently came across J. N. Rusticus furniture, an environmentally friendly, indie furniture maker. Their production involves creating a sustainable process by using recycled, reclaimed and sustainable new materials to make chic and stylish furniture. By embracing the unique characteristics of all the materials they use, they achieve a rustic yet chic look. Their industrial style furniture is both very much on trend and planet friendly. Owner Joe Nicholson started the ethically sourced furniture company in October 2016 after being inspired by a trip to India.
The leather they use is sourced from India, and it is the a by-product of the food industry, thus reducing wastage. The material is prepared with traditional and natural methods.
Reclaimed boat wood
Because boat wood is thick, strong and a heavy material, the quality wood reclaimed from fishing boats make excellent rustic style furniture. All those years riding the seas, being exposed to thousands of hours of sunshine, rain and wind shaping the colour and texture of the wood adds personality to the re-purposed furniture.
Using recycled iron and steel helps to achieve the brand’s signature distressed and rustic look. It also reduces the amount of process and new material that is needed to make furniture.
Native and sourced from India and East-Asia, mango wood is a hard and sustainable wood as it is primarily planted for its fruit. As the tree reaches maturity after around 15 years of age, the farmers need to plant new trees every 7 to 15 years. So the old wood gets used for making furniture this way.
J. N. Rusticus make rustic cabinets, chest of drawers and consoles, rustic tables and seating as well as bespoke furniture for brands like Sipsmith Gin and other storage options. In their outdoor collection they have fire pits.
In my view, all these wonderful pieces are very affordable.