Thu, 21st May, 2009 - Posted by
A new style of home improvement store has burst on to the market in the US. The idea behind the store is for people to repurpose and share used items from their home that they want to replace with new ones instead of throwing them away. If, for example someone wants to replace old kitchen cabinets or ancient sinks instead of ending up in landfill they can go to the business, called Habitat for ReStore and donate them there instead. The company aims to give the older, more replaceable items in peoples’ home a second life in a new home.
Habitat is offering the scheme through their branches which are located throughout the US. Goods are dropped off at the store by people who no longer want them, instead of being taken to the tip and then they can be bought at a far lower price than new goods by those who want and need them. Speaking about the scheme Jeffrey Bowen the ReStore Executive Director said that he hopes people will spread the word about the frugal and green approach of the company.
He says that they specialise in items which really don’t need to go to landfill because they’re still in good condition and ReStore then resells them at a very powerful discount. The stores are part of Habitat’s mission to improve homes and communities renewably. The idea is that when someone buys something from a Habitat store, it might one day end up back in the ReStore so that it can be used and enjoyed more than just once, giving products a longer life and providing a greener way to renovate homes.
In the current economic environment shops like ReStore are set to make home improvement opportunities more widely available and practical, even for those with very small budgets. Bowen noted that if someone buys a new oven or fridge and has an older, working model to discard rather than sitting in a landfill site and doing no-one any good, it can go to ReStore and help the community instead.