Thursday, January 27, 2011

Kathy Faller Joins the DRN Team in San Diego

We are pleased to welcome Kathy Faller to our team, serving San Diego County

Kathy first found out about us while building with Corazon in Baja, where she was putting our salvaged lumber to work for the families down there.  Now she's on our team and we couldn't be happier!

Read the press release here>>

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

5 Ways to ReUse Bubble Wrap

Posted by Lyndsy Czapla

As much as I don't use bubble wrap anymore, I am always stuck with some after the holidays. Being almost 2,000 miles away from my Grandparents, it is almost inevitable that the annual box of gifts they send for Christmas is full of the pesky plastic stuff! Don't get me wrong, I get so excited to open the boxes they send, but I really don't like the bubble wrap contained in them. For the past few years, I have tried to ReUse the bubble wrap any which way I can. Here are some ideas you could try if you end up with extra bubble wrap:

Fridge Drawer Liner
Just line bubble wrap inside your drawers in your refrigerator to prevent fruits and vegetables from bruising.

Window Insulation
Tape pieces of bubble wrap to the inside of windows and it really helps keep the cold air out. When I had really old windows in my house, I did this and it actually helped. Some people even do this inside their greenhouses, too.

Bath Pillow
If the bubble wrap is not popped yet, you can roll it up and use it in the bath tub to support the back of your head.

Picnic Basket Insulation
Place the bubble wrap around cold items to keep them cold so you won't have to lug around a cooler, too. This also works great with the beverages you bring along on the picnic.

Bubble Wrap Painting
If you are painting and looking for a neat finish, you can place paint on the bubble wrap and press it up against your project. It really creates a cool look!

Check out related posts:
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Why Deconstruction will not only Improve the Environment but also Lives

I came across a great article today about deconstruction that really highlights how this shift in building will not only improve the environment and help others, it will create jobs.  I hope traditional contractors are recognizing what the future holds in this industry and that more will jump on board deconstruction sooner rather than later. (Source: The Tyee in British Columbia)

To read the article go here. I am sharing the time lapsed video featured below.

If you're a California contractor interested in learning more about our organization, please contact me.

Check out more videos about Deconstruction:
Manhattan Beach Remodel
Interview with DRN Founder at West Coast Green
Using Legos to Learn about Deconstruction

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Futhering my Commitment as a Board Member for Reuse Alliance

Today, Reuse Alliance announced three new board members and I am thrilled to be one of them.  You can read our announcement here but I just wanted to take a moment to say how thrilled I am to be a part of this organization and to be able to give back a portion of the support I've received from others for DRN.  I realize I don't have a lot of free time, but the advancement of reuse and educating more about the critical need for it, is definitely worth a little overtime.

Thanks to all our board members, partners and agents too, your support is invaluable and we truly appreciate your support. Here's to a healthy and successful new year for all!
Deconstruction And Buildingmaterials Reuse Network Inc