Boulder company wants builders to re-source their materials

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BOULDER, Colo. -- The Center for ReSource Conservation is making it easy for home and business owners to buy building material at a cheaper price.

ReSource Boulder, located on 6400 Arapahoe Road, sells gently used, donor-sourced construction and building materials.

"A lot of of what we're doing is actually preventing materials from ending up in the landfill and we're re-purposing them instead," said Emily Trostel, Center for ReSource Conservation operations manager.  "It's all architectural goods: cabinets, doors, lighting, windows, hardware, tile and landscaping."

The social enterprise non-profit group is currently seeking donations to help homeowners repair leaky home exteriors. Drain spouts, lumber, landscaping materials and other products are in high demand.

"After the flood I know a lot of people have come through and have actually donated items," said Trostel.  "They were repairing their homes after the flood. They had left over materials and they have come in and redonated.  They're all lifelong customers now."

By creating a second life for architectural materials, the ReSource community diverted four million pounds of waste from landfills in 2013.

"It's a shame to throw this stuff away," said Andy Clark, Moxie Bread Company owner.  "To see anything in a landfill that can be reused is a crime."

Clark is in the process of opening his first bakery shop in downtown Louisville in a few weeks.  He bought half of the building material and other products at ReSource.

"Out of my budget to build the bakery, I've probably saved 30 to 40 thousand dollars in lumber, structural items and fixtures," Clark said.

Click here for more information about the Center for ReSource Conservation.

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