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Comparing Architectural Salvage to Donating Used Underwear to Goodwill??
by Robert Fortunato on December 29th, 2012 No Comments

The GIH was recently featured in a Wall Street Journal article about architectural salvage.  Reading some of the comments that followed the article prompted us to post the following.  Chime in if you have a comment.

“The Reuse People are doing several things that have real, tangible economic value that benefits all of us:

  1. They helped us keep 97.5% of our demo waste out of the landfill.  The standard practice of pulling materials out of the ground on one end of a supply chain, using them for 90 days (on average), and throwing them into another hole never to be seen again is economically and environmentally unsustainable.  That practice only increases the price of raw materials for all of us by making them more unavailable for reuse.
  1. The Reuse People also sourced old growth redwood for our project that they salvaged from an 80 year old building.  We used that material for our post and beam roof structure, capping beams and building furniture and fences.  It would have otherwise gone to the landfill.  Three quarters of a million board feet of lumber go into the landfill fromLos AngelesCountyalone.  What an economic waste.

The Reuse People are fixing an economic externality that we are all paying for in higher material and waste hauling costs.  What they are doing puts people to work in this country, makes our economy more efficient and promotes sustainable growth in a world with an ever increasing population.”


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