Recycle, Restore, Renovate
Lexington’s Habitat ReStore re-opens
During a lengthy spring and summer of staycations, much of Lexington has been preoccupied with clean-ups, recycling, restoring, and renovating. Spend enough time working from home, and “home” will quickly reveal its flaws and imperfections.
Just as cabin fever reached epic proportions, Lexington’s Habitat Restore re-opened its doors on Southland Drive — also launching an online shopping option at lexingtonrestore.com/shop.
Just like the store, the online shop sells new and used furniture, appliances, home goods, and building materials. Shopping online with no-contact, curbside pickup has been popular for both donors and consumers, with nearly 200 people choosing this shopping option so far.
“The ReStore diverts tons of materials from landfills, provides affordable home improvement items to the public and increases the number of homes built and repaired by Lexington Habitat for Humanity. The store is truly centered around serving the community,” says Brandalin Foster of Lexington Habitat.
Lexington Habitat ReStore diverted more than 800 tons of materials from landfills last year.
In addition to building homes, Lexington Habitat also preserves Lexington’s existing housing stock and helps people age in place through critical homes repairs.
With support from the ReStore, Lexington Habitat for Humanity is a Green Check Certified business and is the only builder in Lexington recognized as building 100% ENERGY STAR Certified Homes.
On average, homes built by Lexington Habitat are 35-40 percent more efficient than the standard code built home in Lexington. Building efficient homes means reduced energy bills for homebuyers and helps keep homeownership more permanently affordable. It also means a better environment for the community through reduced energy waste.
“Customers send us photos all the time of how they are repurposing and upcycling their ReStore finds. We love seeing how they are giving these items a second – or third – life.”
PAINT BY NUMBERS
Habitat recently reached a paint recycling milestone and bulked their 1,000th batch of paint.
This has kept more than 120,000 partial gallons of paint out of the landfill to date.
How it works: Habitat accepts leftover paint in an effort to reduce waste while raising funds for their work in the community.
The used paint is triple-filtered, mixed – with custom colors named by volunteers – then repacked and sold at a discount.
This article also appears on page 6 of the August 2020 print edition of Ace Weekly.
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