Too Good to Throw Away

Wachtel, Josh
May 2006
In Business;May/Jun2006, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p13
Trade Publication
The article reports that a growing number of reused building materials stores are springing up in the United States, saving consumers much money in their search for hard-to-find items. The Habitat for Humanity is an organization that helps in raising funds for building projects. The Building Materials Resource Center in Boston, Massachusetts supports renovations for lower income homeowners. The Center for Ecological Technology (CET) in the U.S. aims to provide residents, businesses and communities with the tools to make it easy and affordable to live in a more environmentally sound manner. With over 30 employees, CET's activities are very broad. Its programs range from community education about energy efficient technologies and composting, to home energy assessment and paper recycling pick up. CET also hosts an online store selling sustainable products and conducts school programs. The last 10 years have been very fruitful for building materials reuse and recycling. In the coming years, it will be interesting to see how markets for reused building materials and deconstruction continue to develop.


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