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Big Reuse Queens

3-17 26th Ave. Astoria, NY 11102
718-777-0132 x2
queens@bigreuse.org

Big Reuse Brooklyn

69 9th St. Gowanus, NY 11215
718-725-8925 x2
brooklyn@bigreuse.org

A Windows Journey

It's not often that BIG!NYC staff can trace the origins of a donation to its installation by a customer. However, on opening day at Gowanus, our new store featured a large number of high quality LePage doors and windows. The story of one particular window is told below.

In 2010, a custom order for 71 windows and 17 doors was placed with LePage Milling. This Quebec based company is known for its quality products and may be applauded for adopting green practices such as converting 100% wood waste into steam energy; utilizing paints, stains and sealers that have water-based formulas and are less harmful to the environment; selecting nearby vendors to reduce the amount of pollution generated in transport, and recycling paper waste, glass and aluminum scraps.

 

Upon fabrication, our window was shipped to the Hamptons in anticipation of spending a long life overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Sadly, our window arrived in the U.S. only to learn that the design had been rejected and that it was destined for a storage container. Crowded among many other doors and windows, our window rested quietly for over a year.

In the fall of 2011, a friend of BIG!NYC brokered the donation of the LePage order. Two containers arrived at the Gowanus store during renovation. An enthusiastic and efficient group of trainees, enrolled in a program run by Non-Traditional Employment for Women, unloaded these containers on their day scheduled to get on the job experience with BIG!NYC. They put into practice the teamwork and  proper lifting and moving skills learned in the classroom. Our window now awaited the opening of the store for the chance to be adopted into a new building project.

 

In late January, that chance arrived! A couple from Connecticut was in search of a large window to open up the second floor of their home to natural light. After taking measurements one weekend, they returned to purchase a 75 by 36 in. window, at a savings of over half it's original retail value. In February, our friends came back and shared the before and after photos. 

 

We learned that our window will live happily ever after. It has tranformed a dark room into an open, airy room that inspires writing projects as well as serves as a portal looking out upon a lovely wooded area on the other.

 

View more pictures of the window renovation on our website.

 

 

 

 

 

We processed 765,477 pounds of food scraps and accepted 237,554 pounds of wood chips and leaf matter in 2015! That's over 1 million pounds of organic material diverted from landfills!

Our Food Scrap Drop-off program serviced 1000 households per week in 2015!

The greenhouse gas emissions prevented by our diversion efforts is equivalent to saving 360,000 gallons of gasoline!

Our Big Gives Back program has given away $300,000 worth of materials benefiting NYC's community and environment.

Our Big Blooms program has given away 5,345 pieces of retired lumber to build 2,226 garden beds in over 1,269 community and school gardens.