Going green? Go antiques

With many of us becoming more environmentally aware and increasing our recycling efforts, what could be greener than buying antique or vintage items?

Pre-owned items may be second, third or even fourth-hand yet still be practical, aesthetically pleasing and have a fascinating story attached. There remains something romantic about an item from centuries past and what their lives of the people who owned them might have entailed.

A single antique item that you love and find meaningful could be artfully staged in a contemporary apartment to add a stylish, fresh look. Coordinate the finishes and colour of the item with your interior.

London is rich in antique hunting grounds but here are a few suggestions relatively close by:

Northcote Road Antiques Market, 155a Northcote Road (next to Northcote Road Library). Home to around 30 dealers, there should be something to suit most pockets, tastes and requirements. There is parking on the surrounding streets or it is about a 10-12 minute walk from Clapham Junction station. www.northcoteroadantiques.co.uk

St. Reatham used to have a shop in Streatham but is now online only www.streathamantiques.com. It specialises in furniture, mirrors and decorative items.

New Vintage 256 Battersea Park Road. New, antique, refurbished, retro furniture, lighting and accessories. www.newvintage.co.uk

MyVintageJBox, FIX, 58 Streatham High Road.  Vintage and designer jewellery, trinket boxes and small items. www.myvintagejbox.com

If scouring markets and fairs is more your thing, try the famous Bermondsey Market, Bermondsey Square, every Friday. It suits the early bird, starting at 4.00am – 2.00pm.

Old Kent Road Vintage Market, takes place on Sunday 13th March at AMP Studios, 897a Old Kent Road from 11.00 am-5.00 pm. The venue is a railway arch mews that opens into a covered pavilion. Entry is free. www.solastcenturyfair.co.uk

Also on 13th March is Midcentury Modern Dulwich College, Christison Hall, Dulwich Common where you can expect to find around 60 mid-century dealers and 25 contemporary designers selling a mix of furniture, glassware, ceramics, artwork and posters. Entry is £11. 10.00 am.- 4.00 pm.