Thinking Green – Material Reuse

As part of Thinking Green we need to start looking into reusing salvaged materials for our designs, building and homes. For example: In NY city alone 16,500 tons of building materials are thrown out every day. These materials are clogging our landfills, releasing carbon into the atmosphere, and creating a need for more materials to be manufactured.

Build It Green! NYC is New York City's only non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials. Their warehouse has everything from panel doors to high end refrigerators and shutters to movie props. Their mission is to keep these materials out of the landfill, while offering deep discounts on their resale.

You can find great items here that have been taken from buildings that were about to be demolished or remodeled in NYC, as well as materials that were donated. This organization would be great to achieve LEED points for both MR Credit 3.1 & 2 – Material Reuse and MR Credit 2.1 & 2 – Construction Waste Management.

Buying Salvaged products not only saves the environment but is great for your pocketbook as well. You can also go and visit their 18,000 sq ft warehouse at 3-17 26th Ave in Astoria for great design ideas and solutions. Also check out their website at for great items and pricing.

Another note is that after operating expenses, all profits, from Build It Green! NYC, are used to augment the funding of Solar One. Solar One’s is an environmental educational organization that has programs - facilitating energy conservation, promoting renewable energy use, and educating the general public on ecological issues that will immensely benefit our communities, our city and our world.

Check out Solar One at their website:

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