When it comes to being more environmentally conscious, the first route you should take is to repurpose or recycle old materials by turning them into something new and unique.
With so many old and historic structures still (barely) standing across Atlanta and parts of Northern Georgia -- most of which are vacant and collapsing at their foundations -- there’s now an influx in building materials that have the potential to become new and useful items (such as furniture and other handmade goods) for the future. This is recycling at its finest.
Introduction to Repurposing
Repurposing, like recycling, simply means transforming any useless material and/or item into something new and useful. This is why old vacated buildings are a repurposer’s best friend, as they provide a plethora of old materials for future use.
Not only can these materials be transformed into eye-catching items like unique sofas, armchairs and purses, but, in doing so, you’re reusing materials that possess historic significance.
How Repurposing Building Materials Can Benefit The Environment
Beyond their antique appeal, repurposed items also serve the environment. These materials typically come from structures that are already on their way to becoming waste for the local garbage dump (once they’ve fully collapsed) or litter for their surrounding environment.
In other words, without repurposing, these materials would be wasted -- contributing to the furtherment of environmental issues that continue to plague the planet (such as deforestation and global warming).
Buying Items Made From Repurposed Materials
When purchasing items that have been made primarily through repurposing, you’re supporting the repurpose/recycle cause. Where can you find repurposed items for sale?
Apple Valley Farm has become a Jefferson, Georgia staple in recent years, and, through their woodworking and deconstructing efforts, have been responsible for giving thousands of historic building materials new life.
Each historic piece Apple Valley Farm saves becomes a part of a unique item, including handmade woodworking products and gorgeous reclaimed furniture -- all of which is for sale on their sprawling acre mini-farm (owned by Georgia natives, the Fitzpatrick Family).
Apple Valley Farm’s Methods For Repurposing
Apple Valley Farm scopes out numerous historic buildings across Northern Georgia to supply their repurpose initiative.
This is when Apple Valley Farm sets forth deconstruction, which entails scouring each property piece by piece and saving building materials they find that can become unique and useful handmade items and furniture in the future. These items could be anything from purses and hand painted signs to rustic sliding barn doors and tin roofs. The possibilities are endless.
Although Apple Valley Farm isn’t keen on deconstructing entire structures -- mainly focusing on smaller, more specific building materials -- if you own a historic building, you can contact them for deconstruction service. This is a great way to make good use of a structure that is either rotting away and/or of no use to you or your family.
What makes Apple Valley Farm so great (beyond their goodwill) is their prices, which are extremely fair and competitive for repurposed handmade items. Be sure to check them out the next time you're in Jefferson, Georgia, and tell them Dale sent you!