More Freshwater, Less Waste
Why We Invested
Reducing waste going to Hawaii’s landfills and provide cost-effective reutilized building materials for home improvement
More than one-third of Oahu’s waste is construction and demolition debris. Salvaging material for reuse saves resources and energy, creates jobs and provides a locally produced resource. In its first four years, Re-use Hawaii completed 174 projects statewide and kept more than 2,000 tons of material out of Hawaii landfills. Reusing materials conserves all of the energy the material has accumulated in its lifetime and minimizes the need to produce new material.
Starting in 2007, Re-use Hawaii has been salvaging materials from businesses, homes and schools, including doors, windows, hardware, cabinets, flooring, tile, lumber and more. The reclaimed materials are then offered at affordable prices to customers at Re-use Hawaii’s warehouse in the Kakaako area of Honolulu and at its yard in Kona on Hawaii Island.
How We Partnered
Grant support provide through the Ulupono Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation, in addition to other financial capital in support of operations
"Building materials and demolition debris make up a third of waste in Hawaii and on the mainland. Rather than employing conventional demolition, where materials are smashed down and sent to a landfill, we deconstruct these in the opposite order they were built so we can preserve all the materials for reuse.”