Creating a Culture of Reuse

Living in this world does demand that we buy things. But those things don’t have to contribute to greenhouse gases, strip mining, and wholesale depletion of our resources.

When you buy at the Green Project (and other re-use retailers like Goodwill) you are purchasing materials that have already “paid the price.” Green Project building materials, while still in great shape, have been declared un-usable by someone else who no longer needs them. These materials would have gone in the landfill, in essence throwing away what was spent in greenhouse gases (for extracting raw materials, manufacturing, transportation), mining, tree harvest, water, and air pollution.

Buying used is buying green.

Because some raw materials have been severely depleted, there are some that can no longer be found in virgin form. Old growth lumber is certainly one of those. The lumber available today is grown quickly, using chemical fertilizers, and therefore has a much coarser texture. Old growth lumber came from forests which grew naturally and slowly, showing a much tighter and finer grain in the wood. Not only is this wood more attractive, it resists warping and twisting and is stronger. Only by buying used is this kind of material available to us.

Doors, windows, and decorative items that have come out of our Louisiana homes are unique in both the materials that were used and the architectural styling employed by craftsmen. Many people remodeling older homes want to match the historic style and feeling of their homes. While you can have a mill shop make these items, it is very expensive. Finding one that fits your home can be a treasure hunt but fun and well worth the time searching.

Buying used is buying quality.