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The
Sustainability Story

At TheRealReal,
a sustainability
calculator has
measured the
environmental
impact of the
consignment model.

One undeniable benefit to the business of
consignment is the concept of environmental
responsibility. When these goods are well
cared for and passed on to another owner after
they've outlived their usefulness in one setting,
it eliminates the need for a new product to be
manufactured, thus offsetting the raw materials
and resources that go into production.
Consignment company TheRealReal, which
specializes in luxury fashion and has a small
home division as well, developed a customized
sustainability calculator to measure the impact
on the environment of buying and selling goods
through the consignment model. Taking into
account factors like energy output, water usage,
and greenhouse gases, the company, along with
an environmental consulting firm, determined
that, since its founding, the organization has
saved the energy and greenhouse gas equivalent
of 65,000 miles driven in a car and 329 million
liters of water.

Environmental impact is never far from mind
at Sotheby's Home, either. "We're always
inspired to find new ways to change our
shopping habits to help us curb our impact
on the environment," says Elizabeth Brown
at Sotheby's Home. "Consigning furniture
is a leading way to do that. When you buy
consigned items, especially furniture and home
goods, you lengthen the life of those pieces
and they maintain, or even increase, their value
over time."

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But, is there a stigma to buying so-called
"used" furnishings? Not when it comes to home
furnishings, which have a long history of being
passed from hand to hand, thanks to the world
of antiques. "Furniture fits the consignment
mold even better than fashion, as high-end
design and antiques are not as driven by fads
and maintain their value for decades, if not
centuries," notes Brown.
Companies make sure to allay any fears
a buyer might have through a vetting process
for dealers and private sellers, as well as
airtight guarantees.
For more on navigating the sustainable world
of antiques, see "Modern Antiquity," p. 44.

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