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Where to get earth-friendly and recycled home materials



oston Building Resources is the nation’s only building materials co-op, owned by and operated for its members, which means you can find great deals (once you find this place) on kitchen cabinetry (including design services), windows, doors, and environmentally friendly products like rain barrels, recycled paint, home compost bins, and weather stripping. There are also workshops on DIY skills such as tiling, painting, and window or screen repair (above), and bargains on great one-of-a-kind and often retro or antique donated used materials including cabinet sets, appliances, windows, doors, sinks, and flooring. Another secret: You don’t have to be a member to shop here, though you get bigger discounts if you are.


Thanks to a state subsidy, you can buy a compost bin at Boston Building Resources for around 50 bucks, half the retail price. Big enough for 12 bags of leaves, it produces 200 pounds of highly nutritious dirt within a year.