Old-time radiators are common items seen at salvage shops like Historic Albany Parts Warehouse. (Photo: Provided)
In honor of Earth Day on April 22, consider purchasing used items that promote the motto of the three Rs: reduce, re-use and recycle. By incorporating architectural salvage items into your next project, you not only keep usable items out of the landfill, but you can also add a bit of history into your own home at significant savings..
ReHouse Architectural Salvage in Rochester has a variety of door plates and other items from older homes upstate. (Photo: Provided)
Source: Architectural salvage gives a home some character
Style meets function in this one of a kind functional shelf set. Upcycled wood scraps were cut into random depths and widths then stained in various shades or left completely naked for an organic feel.
We have claimed these shelves for our own paint studio, and love the style and functionality they provide. These shelves make an entire wall and are versatile with how they can be arranged and coordinated with other decorative elements.
via Reclaimed Wood Wall Art Shelf Abstract Wood by moderntextures.
Apartment Therapy has a great post on shopping responsibly. The only step we would add is “Shop Reclaimed”. Otherwise they nailed it – go see.
Events like the recent disaster at a garment factory in Bangladesh, which killed more than a thousand workers, are a sobering reminder that in a global economy, the purchasing decisions you make can have an impact not just on your wallet, but on the lives of people all over the world. Here are a few suggestions to help you buy things that are not just good for your home, but good for the world we all live in.
Buying stuff that has been there all along is one of the best choices you can make for the environment and the world. It’s also a great way to save money, and pick up a unique piece that you won’t see in anyone else’s home.
via Shop Your Way to a Better World: 6 Steps to Socially Responsible Shopping | Apartment Therapy.
Reclamation Administration: News and Research on Building Material Waste Prevention