July 28, 2014
GreenHomeNYC’s Summer Sustainable Businesses Tour included a visit of three environmentally-responsible venues in Brooklyn:
Our first stop was Build It Green!NYC
(BIG) – New York City’s non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials and other household items, including refrigerators, doors, appliances, and even books! The tour of BIG NYC was lead by Harvey Jaswal, who provided a thorough outlook on the history of the venue, an overview of the store’s storage spaces and items available for purchase. Harvey also discussed the process by which businesses, home owners and developers can donate materials and appliances to BIG during building renovations. These materials can then be purchased by people looking for rare and vintage materials for thier own renovations. Architects and designers are oftentimes able to find unique items for a great price here!
From Build It Green, we headed over to our next stop – Lower East Side Ecology Center E-Waste Recycling Center
to explore a warehouse that allows residents to dispose of old or broken electronics in an environmentally-responsible way. (more…)