Thursday, July 15, 2010
Not New, But Improved
After a year spent nursing my son in this rocking chair, it developed some issues. Namely, a small tear in the seat, which soon widened when it caught the fancy of my toddler. We simply could not persuade him that pulling stuffing out of chairs was not fun.
But otherwise, the rocking chair was still comfortable, if a little worn after thirty years of service. Soooo.... my husband, who is a very Handy Man, dismantled the chair and removed the seat. We bought a yard of faux leather to cover it for $10 from a fabric store, and asked Pop to recover the seat (mainly through liberal use of a staple gun, but also with some nifty rolling edges).
Voila! We spent $10 vs. an estimated $250 to purchase a new chair, and prevented the old one from ending up in a landfill. We also saved time and hassle because we spent less time recovering the old chair than the time it would take to shop for a new (or used) one.
After starting to read the Story of Stuff last night, I'm extremely glad we repaired our old chair. In the condition it was in, even the Goodwill might have kicked it to the curb. So by keeping it, we saved thousands of gallons of water used to produce the raw materials, prevented toxic chemicals used to process the material from ending up in the groundwater, kept metal mines from destroying ecosystems and polluting streams, and drastically cut transportation fuel for shipping the raw materials and final product.
Even if we eventually decide to replace the chair, it would now be sent to the resale market instead of ending up in the landfill. Not bad for a $10 investment.