It makes perfect sense for us all to consume less and recycle more. An entertaining and interesting way to do this is to collect antiques for your home.
Antiques were made mostly by hand before the use of machines or even electricity and are finished in environmentally sound finishes such shellac and wax. A wisely chosen antique will resist constant changes in fashion and last your whole life. Should it not be to the taste of the next generation, it can usually be resold (often at a profit).
It is tragic that so much of the new furniture sold in Australia is made from the irreplaceable rainforests of Asia when the furniture itself will only last a few years. Check the link for more information on the “Antiques Are Green” movement.