March 04, 2008

Eco-Remodeling...the ugly stuff

"We are not to throw away those things which can benefit our neighbor. Goods are called good because they can be used for good: they are instruments for good, in the hands of those who use them properly."
- Clement of Alexandria (150-220 A.D.)

One of the most important things we tried to do with this remodel was to recycle as much as possible. Last fall we hauled off two pickup loads and a trailer full of wood scraps. We salvaged sinks, faucets, toilets, shower stalls, light fixtures, switch plates, mirrors, cabinets (anything we could) and donated them all to ReStore: The Habitat for Humanity resale shop.

Last weekend we finally got rid of the aluminum and iron.

We took it to the metal scrap yard, and came away with $47 in our pockets! Much better than taking it to the dump!


Hey Harriet said...

Good for you for donating those things!

I checked out that Restore & it looks to be a great set-up. I really admire people who initiate projects like that to better the communitites they live in. Making it a better community for ALL people who live in it.

Caroline said...

Great idea! I'll have to take that tip next time we're doing major home renovations!

Beyond the Rockz said...

Clement of Alexandria certainly had it all figured out! Great blog ... bookmarking to visit again.

jewelstreet said...

It is hard to be eco friendly. When we tear a wall down, we save all the wood to use in other projects. We went to the scrap yard last week. We also shop at Habitat. That's where we got all our siding.

I am glad to hear you mention the Habitat store. I've raved about it on my blog many a time. Spread the word. lol.

Jessica Ziel said...

YAY! for every form.

I shop at our local Habitat for Humanity shop, they have some awesome finds!

blueboygifts said...

Love the scrap metal yard. We had one in Illinois where I grew up.
I would collect cans and copper tubing etc and every fw months have my dad drive me to the metal yard. I would make a few extra bucks that way AND save the earth at the same time!

LOVE habitat for humanity shop. I found a brand new vanity (with marble top )for my bathroom for $20!!)

High Desert Diva said...

We bought quite a bit of stuff for the house there, too.

$10 porcelain sink for master bath
$8 light fixture for guest bath
$6 light fixture for master bath
$3 light fixture for kitchen

misc. electrical, plumbing

great place!

Cicada Studio said...

Rock on! Unfortunately in my area, it seems you have to pay people to take stuff off your hands- even Good Will. So we put it all out on the curb with a big sign that says "free stuff" Most of the time it's gone.

Distressing Delilah said...

Love always relooking at a throw away item to see what else I could do with it!

Christie said...

It's great that so many people are recycling. My daughter is always reminding me of my carbon footprint. (that, and not to sing in the car to 80's songs)

Shannon said...

Excellent! I love reading about when people take the time to recycle. :)

Fog and Thistle said...

Great quote!

I'm really liking your marine finds of the day you've been posting

DancingMooney said...

Wow, very cool. We have hopes of doing the same thing with some of our projects, but alas... it'll be one at a time.

amy said...

Wow, I would never have thought to donate anything to habitat for humanity. All my stuff usually goes to Goodwill. That is really cool. I wonder if there is a Habitat store near me.

Infinite Cosmos said...

good for you guys! we have a place here in the eugene/springfield area called "bring recycling" or just
"bring" for short. We bring (and get!) lots of recyclable/recycled stuff such as what you described in your post for our own home projects. It feels good to not throw away!

Chucka Stone Designs said...

Yea for your environmental friendly approach to design! We really need to do this with the copper we have lying around our house too. I hope you & Mark went to dinner with that $47 :)