On Chicago's west side, derelict and empty buildings are a regular aspect of the landscape. And when the buildings get demolished, the building materials are largely sent to landfills. Rebuilding Exchange, a Chicago nonprofit launched three years ago, intervenes in this waste stream to keep construction and demolition materials out of the landfill.
According to their website, the outfit has diverted "thousands of tons" of building materials, while to helping to create a market for the leftovers from building deconstruction in Chicago.
Now, Rebuilding Exchange is ready to step up its game with RX Made, a line of furniture and home goods made from reclaimed materials. The project, a partnership with Strand Design, just hit its Kickstarter goal and is ready to rock. The initial collection will feature three products: a wall clock, a bench-slash-shelf and a bottle opener.
HuffPost talked to Rebuilding Exchange's Cynthia Main about the RX Made project:
We wanted to make things that are reasonably affordable for what they are, that are also durable, built to last and usable. We loved that the bench has multiple functions and that you can adjust it to your own space if you want. And the bottle opener answers some questions too. They're not unnecessary objects -- they're things we thought people could really use rather than us just putting more stuff out into the world.
Love it. Congrats guys!