The trunks of Canadians are dying out, according to a new study, which highlights the growing disconnect between Canadians and their home environment.
“We’ve become accustomed to trunks,” said Dr. Carol Ann Stahl, a professor of sociology at York University who co-authored the report with her husband, Dr. Mark Stahl.
“We don’t care about the way they’re built or how they’re made.”
The Stahls say this is a problem because Canadians spend so much time on their trunks.
Stahl has seen how often Canadians buy and use items from online retailers, and even buy furniture or other products that are not made in their home country.
“I’ve had people come in to tell me that they’d never buy a home item from Canada because they’d seen a picture of it in the local newspaper,” she said.
The Stahsons say this disconnect is especially acute for the elderly.
Older people are often less able to use their homes for other things.
“In my house, I have one or two items that I don’t have to go into the closet or the kitchen,” said Stahl in a phone interview from her home in Brampton, Ont.
“I’ve got a couple of baby items and a couple things that I do want to use as a bed.
But they don’t use the trunks.”
In an interview with CBC News, Stahl said the growing problem of Canadians’ inability to use the country’s most cherished trunks is being blamed on a lack of infrastructure in Canada.
“The trunks are the most beautiful piece of furniture that we have,” she added.
“And people spend so many hours putting them up and putting things in them and then they’re never going to use them.”
The problem is exacerbated by a lack the public understands about how to safely dispose of them, Stahls study says.
Stahl says the lack of knowledge on the topic has led to people who own and care for their own trunks leaving them in a dangerous state.
“They’re so much more fragile than they should be,” she explained.
“When people think about their trunk, they think about the time they spent putting it up, and that’s a lot of time, because they’ve spent their life on the floor and on the ground.”
A new study published this month in the journal BMC Health shows Canadians are spending more time and money than ever on their home trunks and trashing them, despite a lack in awareness and a lack a proper process for dealing with them.
The report looked at 3,000 Canadians between 2008 and 2017, and found Canadians spent $2.8 billion on their own home, $3.2 billion on family, and $3 billion on friends, family or others.
The most common reason Canadians were spending their money on their house trunks was because they were “trying to sell it” to others.
Stalles findings echo what a recent Canadian study showed: Trunks are becoming a more common part of the homes and lives of many Canadians.
The study, conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, found that the majority of Canadians believe that trunks should be used for everyday living, and many people are buying and selling them.
“This is a topic that’s not going away, it’s just that people don’t really think about it,” said John C. Bouchard, the executive director of the Centre.
“There’s a lack, and I think that’s really a result of the fact that Canadians aren’t aware of what they’re doing and aren’t really using the home for what they think they’re trying to do.”
The study found Canadians have spent $5.4 billion on home trinkets in recent years, up from $3 million in 2007.
It found that almost half of Canadians own one or more home items.
“A lot of people think that trunking is just for everyday use,” said Bouchar.
“But in reality it’s really the way we use our home that matters.”
The report also found Canadians are increasingly using trunks for their work, school, or home.
“It’s been a trend to move away from home,” said the study.
But Bouchards report also highlights a need for Canadians to learn about how trunks can be recycled.
“It’s really about putting the right kind of information out there and being open to it,” he said.
“As long as people aren’t being exposed to this kind of material in the home, it will go into a landfill.”