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Refurbished, salvaged, and reused furniture at the State Fair

2019-08-23 12:00 PM | Anonymous

If you’ve been by the Eco Experience, you may have noticed some fantastic furniture pieces in our Repair & Reuse Room. For this year’s fair, ReUSE Minnesota partnered with four talented individuals to create our reused living room. Check them out, and explore their offerings before you head to a place selling new, less durable, and less sustainable options! As you can see by the measures below, a reused option can have a big impact!

Salvaged Wood & Marble Slab Dining Room Table
Andy Weld, Rovan Handcrafted Furniture

Buying refurbished instead of new:
    • diverts 350lbs of material from going to landfill
    • eliminates 130 kg* of greenhouse gas emissions that would be generated making a new product

If every household in Minnesota bought a table like this instead of a newly manufactured one, we would avoid generating greenhouse gases equal to burning over 27.5 million gallons of gasoline.** 

Restyled Antique Settee with Sustainable Fiber Stuffing and Reclaimed Textiles
Helen Miller, Miller UpholsteringBuying refurbished instead of new:

    • diverts 125lbs of material from going to landfill
    • eliminates 27 kg* of greenhouse gas emissions that would be generated making a new product

If every household in Minnesota bought a piece of furniture like this instead of a newly manufactured one, we would avoid generating greenhouse gases equal to burning over 5.5 million gallons of gasoline.** 

Overdyed Reused Rug
Carter Averbeck , Omforme Design

Buying refurbished instead of new:

    • diverts 89lbs of material from going to landfill
    • eliminates 69 kg* of greenhouse gas emissions that would be generated making a new product

If every household in Minnesota bought a rug like this instead of a newly manufactured one, we would avoid generating greenhouse gases equal to burning over 14.5 million gallons of gasoline.**

Reused Leather Belt Chair
Carter Averbeck, Omforme Design

Buying refurbished instead of new:

    • diverts 66lbs of material from going to landfill
    • eliminates 33 kg* of greenhouse gas emissions that would be generated making a new product

If every household in Minnesota bought a chair like this instead of a newly manufactured one, we would avoid generating greenhouse gases equal to burning over 7 million gallons of gasoline.**

Reconstructed Glass Top End Table
Kim Yeager, Lark Nest Design

Buying refurbished instead of new:

    • diverts 30lbs of material from going to landfill
    • eliminates 15 kg* of greenhouse gas emissions that would be generated making a new product

If every household in Minnesota bought a table like this instead of a newly manufactured table, we would avoid generating greenhouse gases equal to burning over 3 million gallons of gasoline.**


*Greenhouse gas emissions calculated with Sustainable Minds© Life Cycle Assessment Tool
** Equivalencies calculated with US EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

Reuse Minnesota was founded in 2012 and is a member-based nonprofit that supports repair, resale, and rental businesses, bringing visibility to the reuse sector as a means to lower our state's impact on the environment.


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