What is the Slow Furniture Movement?
The “Slow Movement” AKA the Slow Furniture Movement emerged in 1986 in Italy as a response to the opening of McDonald’s in the country. It encourages and supports the creation and use of durable furniture. The movement values quality rather than the disposable nature of fast furniture. It focuses on the process and origin while also appraising the environment.
The main principle of the Slow Furniture Movement is to use and create furniture pieces with sustainable materials and natural processes in mind. The classic contemporary wood is stylish in any household while also being eco-friendly and guaranteed to last you for many years. Also, by keeping your furniture for longer; you can minimize the fast cycle of buying and throwing away furniture.
The movement also embraces you to shop slower and wiser. Carefully choosing your pieces and not making any impulse buys. With the rise of the convenience of online shopping, we keep forgetting that shopping comes with responsibility. If we practice this, we can save up financially while also reducing waste!
The Adaptability of the Slow Design Movement allows you to modify your furniture easily. Instead of throwing your furniture away and replacing it with a new one, the flexibility of the said movement allows you to mix and match, decorate in multiple ways, and in various places. In short, they’re modular pieces and they can adapt to whatever and whenever for your decoration and furniture needs.
Behind the Scenes and Handmade means, you can support the independent creators and the process behind them. Websites such as Etsy or The Citizenry has a ton of artisans means you can support them directly and without the “middle man” is taken into account. With this also, you can message directly the creators for more information regarding their pieces.
Ignore trends, Become One with The Old School. Every second, there’s always a new trend but all of them will become obsolete and pass. The slower pace of the movement means you can take your time, leave some space, and think about what and what no to do in your home. Remember, your home is not static. As you change, it comes along with you also.
Should I Avoid Fast Furniture? Yes! Fast Furniture is usually made from materials that are not meant to last. Such as particle board covered in laminate or a veneer. Once it has been damaged, you can’t sand it or even repaint it for that matter as the moisture from the particle board expands and decompose. The laminate can split at the seams and will peel away overtime. Wear & tear is what will you get for free and quite frankly, won’t last even for a few years.
Fast Furniture is Overproduced. According to Environmental Protection Agency, each year, Americans throw out more than 12 MILLION TONS of furniture and furnishings. And only a small percentage is recycled due to the diversity of the materials such being hard to clean properly. As a result, more than 9 MILLON TONS of wood, metal, fabric, leather, glass, and foam are decaying somewhere in a landfill.
The Unethical Nature of Fast Furniture is problematic and immoral. They’re made in the overseas so they can pay less. In China, the rate is $5, In Vietnam it’s only $2.5.
Carbon Footprint Extravaganza. In order to reduce shipping cost, they use lightweight materials such as the particleboard which uses urea formaldehyde resin which can release formaldehyde gas. They have also adopted “flat-pack” strategies that makes off-loading easier for the consumer. Transporting raw materials increases furniture carbon print.
So why Choose the Slow Furniture Movement?
It’s durable, timeless, and ethical. Simple as that.