Reuse: One way to be green

Posted on Friday, January 29th, 2010

Reuse: One way to be green

building 008The reuse of several items and materials is one green aspect of Moore Exposure’s office building . Pictured here is an old automotive lift, left by the building’s original owners, that serves as a  meeting table.

Reuse in the broadest sense means any activity that lengthens the life of an item. Recycling, on the other hand, is the reprocessing of an item into a new raw material for use in a new product–for example grinding the tire and incorporating it into a road-surfacing compound.

Reuse made sense to owners Steven and Jean Moore for a couple of reasons:

Leaving the lift in the building proved to be “greener” than removing it from the building.  It would be one less, very large item that would be going to the landfill. In fact, only one pickup load was taken to the landfill during pre-renovation demolition.

It also turned out to be more cost effective to leave the lift in place than to have it removed from the building. It also saved the Moores from having to buy a table for the new meeting room.

In the planning stages, ideas went back and forth about what to do with the lift. Eventually it was stabilized with cement and topped with a custom-cut piece of glass.

The lift table has become one of the Moore Exposure employee’s favorite places to sit and eat lunch or hang out during happy hour every Friday at 4 p.m.

Soon we will post a report on another example of reuse in our building – a conference table made of discarded wooden doors and Jeep rims.

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