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Berlin hopes to use the stores to “anchor the re-use of used goods in urban society” by functioning as centers to educate and spread tips on re-use — especially to sections of the public that aren’t currently much involved in the circular economy. The initiative is part of a broader plan from Berlin’s ruling center-left/Green/left coalition that looks to slash waste in all areas of the city’s economy.
Source: To Cut Waste, Berlin Opens Its Own Secondhand Shop – Bloomberg
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A front-end loader dumped debris into trucks parked on the north side of the building, which takes up an entire city block. Meanwhile, a van bearing the logo of a Scranton, Pennsylvania-based architectural-salvage company waited nearby. Salvaged Waldorf Barovier & Toso Venetian Glass FixtureSource: Olde Good Things The company, Olde Good Things, already is selling pieces from the hotel’s interior on its website. Items for sale include light fi
Source: The Waldorf Is Going Condo, and Pieces of It Are for Sale Online – Bloomberg
“The demand for reclaimed wood products has been steadily increasing as consumers recognize and value the look, feel, functionality and cost of reused wood in products such as flooring, furniture, structural timbers and more. The North American Wood Reuse and Recycling Directory will connect demand and supply to ensure the continued growth of this reclaimed wood market, while simultaneously keeping thousands of tons of wood out of landfills,” said BMRA Executive Director Anne Nicklin.
Features of ReuseWood.org:
The business directory is accessible via both map and list, with easy sorting capabilities according to target categories (location, services provided, etc).
Individual listing pages show the contact information, location and available services for each business.
The sustainable wood guide includes useful information and articles on the different wood products and the opportunities for wood reuse or recycling.
Construction waste management allows reuse and recycling of waste materials such as concrete, wood, plastic, and glass and can. This resolves supply shortages at construction sites as recycled construction waste can be reused as building material. Developed countries such as the US, the UK, and Germany and developing countries such as China, India, and Brazil are the major construction waste generators.
Further, the report states that illegal dumping of waste is a major factor hindering construction waste management market growth.
The analysts forecast global construction waste management market to grow at a CAGR of 9.67% by revenue over the period 2014-2019.
via Construction Waste Management Market to Grow at 9.67% CAGR to 2019 – Press Release Rocket.
The 1889 market, Vanha Kauppahalli, a landmark protected by the National Board of Antiquities, reopened last summer. It’s filled with food stalls, and Story is situated in the heart of the hall in the spot once used for loading horse carriages.
via Story Restaurant: The New Chapter for Helsinki’s Old Market Hall: Remodelista.
While it’s true that the “3Rs” have become a catalyzing movement of our times, the “reuse” part of this waste management trilogy is often overlooked. Thanks to ReuseConex, the International Reuse Conference & Expo, this is about to change!
If you work with a local reuse organization, if you shop at thrift stores or online resellers, if you buy or sell reusables, if you’re interested in green-collar jobs, and if you’re concerned about climate change – then join us for ReuseConex!
The theme for ReuseConex 2014 is Innovate. Transform. Sustain. — and we hope you’ll join us while we explore new methods and replicable models to make reuse work for your community. At ReuseConex you will find out more about the “triple bottom line” benefits of reuse, learn from and share best practices, and network with leaders in the reuse industry. Join us!
via ReuseConex – International Reuse Conference & Expo.
With the walls, ceiling and floor made of salvaged wood and other items, Lanette and Jim Carlson’s great room serves as a showroom for their business, Carlson’s Barnwood Co., in rural Henry County. Jeff Cook photos, QUAD-CITY TIMES
The show’s theme is “keeping it local,” and that fits right in with what the Carlsons do. They salvage materials from a roughly 100-mile radius and re-mill the lumber in a shop on their property, employing several full- and part-time workers.
But from there the Carlsons cast long lines, selling to homes and businesses, particularly restaurants, all over the country, and even overseas. Pictures of high-end homes incorporating their products, particularly in Colorado and California, are posted on their website.
When the Carlsons started, they mainly sold raw barnwood and other artifacts that could be used as “decor.” But in 2001, they began manufacturing reclaimed flooring, and that has become their biggest product, Lanette said.
via 2nd time around: Barn salvage becomes flooring, decor.
“The prices New York-sourced wood is asking are astronomical,” said Vincent Kaufmann, operations manager at LV Wood, a Manhattan-based reclaimed wood retailer, whose eight employees handle 75,000 feet to 100,000 feet of wood products monthly. “I can get the exact same beams at a much more reasonable price from dealers down south,” he said. “And the supply is much more consistent.”
Selling the story in the beams.
Eco-conscious customers value the story behind a boards: where it’s from, how old it is, and what the material was used for in its original life. Bigwood handled the wood coming out of one of the first condom factories in the U.S.
“I don’t know why,” said Mr. Stopper, “But it didn’t matter what else I was selling, everybody wanted a piece of the condom factory.”
As compelling as Sandy’s “hurricane in one’s house” story might appear, its tale has yet to translate into major sales.
“When I consider the prospect for a floor having another life,” said Mr. Solomon, “For them to come out of a building and go back into a new one, it’s become like that one acorn becoming the giant tree.”
via Buyers unmoved by Sandy’s reclaimed wood | Crain’s New York Business.