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January 2017

RE Store notches best year in 2016

REStore logoThe RE Store, which promotes sustainable building practices by repurposing materials, reports 2016 was the best year in its history, thanks in part to volunteers and donations of reusable building materials.

Among accomplishments the Bellingham-based nonprofit cited were:

  • Diverting 700,000 pounds of materials from the waste stream;
  • Salvaging reusable materials from 800 sites;
  • Providing experience and training to 250 community service members, volunteers and job program trainees; and
  • Expanding its Revision Division's reach to encourage reuse through DIY projects and furnishings crafted from reused materials.

According to the organization's website and data from Deconstruction Institute, 25 percent of the waste stream comes from the construction and demolition industry. The U.S. demolishes around 200,000 buildings each year - enough to generate a mountain of trash that would measure 30'x 30' and 5,000 miles long.

The RE Store is a program of RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to promote sustainable communities through education, advocacy, recycling and the conservation of natural resources. Among its programs are a Green Demolition Deconstruction Program, a Green Jobs Training Program, and educational/inspiration events such as hands-on workshops.