The furniture market is above all a separate market. Often spared by the crisis, it is considered a safe haven, a security retreat. In fact, what would best describe the furniture market is above all overconsumption.


Orchestrated by the large low-cost furniture chains, we consume more and more and change furniture over the seasons, moves, small moments in life. We are rocked by this easy change ... Where we bought, until recently, a living room or a kitchen for a lifetime, we have gone to all disposable. Despite a slight decline in 2012, the furniture market is still estimated at 9,54 billion euros in France.[1]. Is it because habits are changing that the market is adapting? Or would it be the other way around?


Since the 1er May, a new eco-tax has just arrived. His goal ? Think and organize after consumption: the collection and recycling of furniture in the same way as what the household appliance experienced a few years ago. A whole chain has therefore been set up to organize this recycling through the destruction of the object. Recycling has been interpreted only from a non-polluting point of view. However, already existing sectors could have been integrated into this process, bringing the social and societal touch to this eco-tax.


Isn't the best recycling, above all, reuse? In a context of crisis as we know it, reuse involves donating, reselling, restoring or buying back old objects. Struggling against planned obsolescence, so fashionable nowadays, this sector is made up of professionals from associations and businesses. She strives to give new life to furniture because it also gives another dimension to objects and to those who buy them, tinker them, customize them ...


To do this, the entire sector must be taken into account. It is true that a piece of furniture in kit form and in melamine cannot be assembled and disassembled ad infinitum. Could this be the symbol of what we modestly call "a way of encouraging consumption"?


Associating a recycling offer through reuse with the process put in place would have been possible: players from the associative world and the business exist. This is another market, another alternative, which is not intended to destroy its main supplier: the new home market.


Dominique Munier,

Managing Director Barter Europe


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