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Green Renovations

August 5, 2010

By Jennifer Chaky

Sure it’s great to get a spanking new kitchen or redo your old bathroom, but home remodeling is a pretty wasteful enterprise. Millions of tons of trash are created when it’s out with the old and in with the new. The trends in the past may have been changing fast and keeping up with the latest style, but if we are going to move into a green future we need to slow it down and hang on to what we have for longer.

One way to do this is to choose a basic, timeless style for major things like cabinetry and flooring. That way, when we get the urge to redesign, small things like hardware and decor can be changed without having to undergo a major overhaul.

But when a major overhaul is absolutely necessary, there are some resources you should check out to either purchase rescued fixtures and supplies, or donate useful items from your project. Two places in New Jersey that are wonderful spots to do this are Green Demolitions in Riverdale and the Habitat for Humanity Restores throughout the state. Not only will you be supporting the planet by salvaging useful things, but you will save yourself greenbacks too, all the while contributing to charitable causes.

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