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Habitat for Humanity highlights store as part of Earth Day

The goal of Earth Day is to draw attention to environmental issues. Habitat for Humanity believes that that shopping at its ReStore is a great way to live the often-spouted Earth Day motto “reuse, repurpose, recycle.”

“The ReStore is one of the ways where being creative … can be good for the environment,” said Krysta Morgenthaler, with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley. “It is a way to divert materials from the landfill.”

Morgenthaler said Habitat for Humanity encouraged shoppers to come out to its ReStores on Earth Day Friday; and that the effort achieves the three goals integral to Habitat for Humanity’s mission: increase the number of homes built by Habitat for Humanity for low-income families, prevent usable items from going to landfills, and provide quality home improvement items to the general public at discounted prices.

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Independent of keeping garbage from the landfill, encouraging people to come to the ReStore draws people’s attention to the store and that shopping there is good for the environment, she said. It’s also good for customers, saving them between 50 and 70 percent on the items they buy there.

The East Bay/Silicon Valley Habitat for Humanity has four locations: Santa Clara, Concord, Oakland and San Jose.

The ReStore sells donated items for remodeling homes, and its merchandise runs the gamut from kitchen sinks to home appliance to furniture.

“There really is a wide variety of materials available at the store,” Morgenthaler said. “It is one of those things where you are always surprised at – the neat things you find at the ReStore.”

She said the ReStore is a great place to find almost any item you need for an in-home project. Habitat for Humanity has an email blast that informs people Morgenthaler called “treasure hunters” with the details of the items that come to the ReStore.

The store is a great place for do-it-yourself projects, Morgenthaler said.

“There is a lot of possibilities for people who want to take on things for their home,” she said. “That is one of the beauties for the store. You can go in looking for something because we have a good supply. But there are also treasures.”

The Santa Clara ReStore is at 1130 Duane Ave.

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