I’ve thought about this topic for a bit and have come to my own personal conclusion that recycled art WILL be a part of my natural living indoors. The battle within is a based on a conflict of the goals of the two tiers of natural green living on the personal/family level and world community naturalism level. The two agendas seek sustainability to help the environment but one weighs heavy on personal health and the other on earth systems health. On the family/personal tier the goal is to remove as many chemical influences to our bodies as possible making reclaimed/recycled art potentially dangerous if we pick a toxic piece thus most thing natural in material. On the world community go green tier, we want to consider buying low carbon products that requires less petrol products to produces thus most thing recycled.
For me, my families health is paramount and second is the go world greener inside me. Logic of off gassing science tells me something freshly painted or even a year ago in general is more of an indoor air threat then an old recycled piece painted 20 years ago. As well if the recycled thing was not modified in any way that would chemically activate any toxins like heating to reshape or repaint it should be low threat. Also buying new chainsaw wood art is green and natural but considering the idea it takes gas for that chainsaw and to bring it to my local market.
So in my mind it is possible to have the best of those worlds if some critical thought is applied. Consider not just buying all things recycled but also if it’s locally made and/or unaltered making it less toxic to your indoor air. Moderation and critical thinking leads me to think going extreme in either direction is anti green in some way. I think I will buy low/no toxic old material before I will buy all natural high carbon products.
But either way I can’t till spring so i can open all this windows and let tons of fresh air in. 😉