By Walt Hickey Furniture In 2018, Americans sent 9.7 million tons of furniture to landfills, which was up from 6.5 million tons in 2000, and was equivalent to 80 percent of all furniture manufactured that year. There are lots of brands — folks like Ikea and Wayfair — that specialize in making affordable, flat-pack furniture that isn’t destined to last forever. To stop that end-of-life landfill trip for perfectly serviceable furniture, there are new startups such as Feather taking the Rent the Runway approach to home fixtures, arguing that there’s a market for people who want the Rent-a-Center leasing model but for urbane, trendy, staid furniture. Then, once you don’t want it, they lease it to the next guy who got into a relationship and was told in explicit terms that if their disgusting couch came within a block of the new apartment both it and I would be left on the curb.
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