Earth Week: Find treasures at Re-use Hawaii and give old materials new life

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There are many ways to practice sustainability in our every day lives, and one of the best is re-using building materials at home. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is checking out Re-use Hawaii in Kakaako, a local environmental nonprofit organization that offers salvaged materials and goods from deconstructed homes and buildings.

Instead of purchasing new lumber, fixtures or furniture, people can go to Re-use Hawaii to get reusable construction material through its Deconstruction program. Once the material is carefully salvaged by the Re-use Hawaii Deconstruction teams, it is taken to its Redistribution Center in Kakaako where it’s priced 30 to 50 percent below retail value and made available to the public as an affordable resource.

Materials such as doors, cabinets, lumber, windows, flooring, vintage finds and more are given new life for a variety of uses and for a variety of customers: artists, builders, DIYers, people renovating their rental properties, students, restaurant owners and other businesses. Re-use Hawaii also carries hard-to-find items that are great for restoring or making repairs to older homes, such as redwood wall boards, glass door knob sets, old door and window hardware.

Over the years, Re-use Hawaii has been fortunate to have been involved in the deconstruction and salvage of some notable projects, including Punahou School’s Winne Units, Ward Warehouse and Kona Village Resort.

The community can shop seven days a week at the Redistribution Center and can also donate their good, reusable building material and receive a tax receipt.

Re-use Hawaii’s mission is to reduce waste through alternatives to demolition, from public donations of building materials, and to redistribute these materials to the community as an affordable resource. More than one-third of Oahu’s waste is produced by the construction and demolition industry in Hawaii. Salvaging material for reuse conserves resources and energy, reduces waste, creates jobs, and transforms waste into a resource. Re-use Hawaii diverts tons of reusable building material from landfills each week and makes this material available to the public at extremely affordable prices.

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