I'll just come out and say it, stuff from our time is crap.
You buy things and they fall apart.
And where does this crap go? The landfill.
That horrid smelly place where all of the nasty waste we produce go.
But not only is it a concern where our stuff goes, it's a concern of where did the stuff come from.
Resources are more likely freshly mined/harvested/collected for crap that maybe gets used for a while but inevitably goes to that smelly end.
If you watch The Story of Stuff, it explains it all very well.
Now to antiques. Are they pricey? Yes. Are they worth it? Yes.
This beautiful clock was fortunately handed down to me by my uncle and the best part is that it works a thousand times better than a clock you would get one of the department stores. Plus it looks pretty classy.
So the moral of this story is to recycle more and be wise about what you are purchasing. Buy products that will last a long time and could potentially be passed down to your children's children. Or try and purchase items that were already passed down generations and need a new home.