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Sources and Donors

People often ask where I get my materials.  Listed below are some of the businesses that I shop at or work with directly to get my materials.  Click on the company name to go directly to their websites so you can learn more about them (and maybe even show them some love by buying something!)


Based in Santa Cruz, California, Ventana uses recycled and reclaimed materials, as well as environmentally friendly materials and processes to create world-class, one-of-a-kind, wooden surfboards, handplanes, supplies, and apparel. At least 5% of their profits are donated to ocean conservation organizations such as the Western Flyer Foundation, Save Our Shores, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, the Surfrider Foundation, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


"Habitat ReStores are independently owned reuse stores operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations that accept donations and sell home improvement items to the public at a fraction of the retail price.

Proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities and around the world — a good deal for you, your community and the environment."


"As environmental and economic forces continue to impress upon our society the benefits of reducing waste, Second Use envisions salvage and reuse of building materials as an increasingly user-friendly process and a standard component of a construction job. We envision building our capabilities in professional salvage and deconstruction services, and we aim to provide an enjoyable shopping experience for customers. We will do this together with contractors, homeowners, customers and community in the Puget Sound region – those who have been our partners from the beginning."


Their guitars are played by some of the world's top musicians and their commitment to quality is matched only by their commitment to sustainability.  Check out their website for more details.


"Respect the Past. Sustain the Future."  With 2 locations in the Seattle/Tacoma area, Earthwise has an extensive inventory of architectural items and building construction materials salvaged from homes and businesses across Washington.  

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