Free Geek — Reviving Computers, Empowering People (228)

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Take a whirlwind tour of Free Geek, powered almost entirely by volunteers. Free Geek keeps electronic stuff out of the landfill while refurbishing computers. "Volunteer for 24 hours, and you get a free computer, a class on how to use it, and a year of free tech support," … [Read more...]

The Wealth in Waste

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Creating a Home Graywater System, Trathen Heckman Saving the Good Stuff - "The Exchange" at Orcas Island Dump, George Post RE Store - A Second Life for Building Materials, Nate Moore, Erin Marden, Robin du Pre The Pee and Poo Show, Laura Allen Four conversations, about … [Read more...]

At the ReCyclery, What Goes Around Comes Around

September 10, 2010. In Port Townsend's uptown district with lovely old Victorian houses and retail stores, we found a fabric sign for "The ReCyclery" hanging on a fence beside a gate. Inside was a spacious backyard lawn, with a lineup of used bicycles and a small shed. … [Read more...]

Changing the World One Bike Rider at a Time (182)

A weekly free bike coop where you can use mechanics' tools and expertise to fix your bike? Free clinics where schoolkids or neighbors learn to maintain or build their own bikes from used parts? Chauncey and Dash Tudhope-Locklear make a living repairing bicycles, but … [Read more...]

Free Geek – Computers for the Community

Wednesday, August 18, 2010. When our friend Daniel Lerch said we just had to get a tour of Free Geek, I wasn't sure this was Peak Moment show material. After the tour, I was sure. A few days later, Reuse Program Coordinator Alison Briggs gave us a tour of the huge busy … [Read more...]

Saving the Good Stuff – “The Exchange” at Orcas Island Dump

When you go to the "dump" on Orcas Island, you get a bonus. Along with dropping off your recyclables and trash, you can leave your re-usables and pick up what you need at The Exchange.  This thrift + building materials + appliance + home furnishings + sporting goods store … [Read more...]

RE Store – A Second Life for Building Materials

Tour a fascinating used building materials store with retail store manager Nate Moore and building deconstruction manager Erin Marden. It's one of many projects discussed by Robyn duPre of RE Sources for Sustainable Communities. Episode 32. [re-sources.org] Watch video … [Read more...]