Have you ever wondered what happens to old building materials when a home or office is remodeled? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is oftentimes those materials end up in our landfills. This is especially true when demolition takes place because usually things are torn out without the thought of ever being used again. The real shame is that most of the building materials that end up in landfills could have been reused or repurposed for something else if only they were dismantled with care. The waste of such reusable resources has driven many people and organizations to rethink the idea of demo and practice deconstruction instead. The leader in this green building movement in our area is an organization called ReSource. ReSource is a nonprofit dedicated to showing the community how to conserve natural resources by developing sustainable alternatives to landfills for gently used building materials.
ReSource is located at 6400 Arapahoe Rd in Boulder and is very similar to a thrift store in that people donate items that they no longer want, but are still in good working condition. The store makes it easy for people to shop for building materials and other home improvement items on a budget while helping their environment at the same time. If it wasn't for ReSource all the items you find in their shop would be thrown away into a landfill where there non-biodegradable remains would stay for eternity.
Here is how ReSource works. Individual people, contractors and businesses donate tax deductible items to the store according to set guidelines and then someone else purchases them for a cheap price. The items that are donated must meet the standards set by the organization, which helps to ensure that products are in working order or able to be fixed easily. Due to their nonprofit status, ReSource's store policy does not allow items to be returned, however they do offer an in-store credit and allow items to be exchanged within 30 days with your receipt.
Three of the most popular programs supported by ReSource that help to show the community how they can live greener more sustainable lives are their tool library program, woodworking program, and tool school program. The tool library program allows any individual to check out a tool just like a library book. This means that you do not need to go out and buy a tool that will only be used once anymore. The woodworking program shows people how to repurpose reclaimed wood to create unique and sustainable furnishings. Lastly, tool school is a program that teaches anyone how to correctly utilize the tools they have available through skill development. Currently there are also more than 50 classes that cover everything from green DIY projects, landscaping and gardening to parent-child demonstrations. To further foster the programs they have created, ReSource also offers some limited deconstruction services as well.
So, the next time you are remodeling something, think about the resources that are available to you though ReSource, and always remember to dismantle your items with care. In the words of Macklemore, "One man's trash, that's another man's come-up!"