Saturday, December 6, 2008

Green Through Sustainable Store

Often, greening you home is not always about buying the greenest products available. Sometime it is buying products from sources that find a home for unused or excess products that still have a useful life. For clothing and home d├ęcor you can check your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, Deseret Industries or any number of local thrift stores. For construction materials, there is no better place then your local ReStore by Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, Christian organization dedicated to providing safe, affordable housing to families in need ready to make a change in their life. Habitat is dependent on the generosity of people like you and me to help move their cause forward. One way this is done is through local ReStores. A ReStore is a store that accepts donations from individuals and organizations and sells them to generate capital for home construction. Accepted donations include construction materials and home furnishings.

I visited my local store this week in Williamson County, Tennessee. The store is a great place to find many products that are new, still in the original package. From plumbing supplies to trim, and paint to cabinets, there are many great items available to improve your home at a discounted rate. Local builders will donate excess materials from jobsites that might otherwise find their way to a landfill or recycling center. By purchasing these items from a ReStore you are supporting a great cause and utilizing products that might otherwise go unused.

Visit the ReStore online to find your local store at: http://www.habitat.org/env/restores.aspx.

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