We built a wall.

We built a wall for the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and installed it at the Elks Lodge where it will stay for the duration of the festival. While the function of the wall is to transform the large hall into a temporary theater, each of the wall’s seven panels demonstrates and celebrates the structural and artistic value of materials that may be perceived as having no value at all. The wall also invites festgoers to imagine the possibilities of reuse and of a Zero Waste Missoula. To us, it is a symbol of how we can – and must – work together to build a more just and sustainable world. We are a proud supporter of the Big Sky Doc Fest’s Toward Zero Waste efforts.

Ready. Set. ZWAP!

ZWAP! 2.0

Robert spins the Wheel of Zero, one of our ZWAP! gamesZWAP!, our Zero Waste Ambassador Program for fifth graders, has come a long way since we wrapped our first semester last May. This week, the educational adventure continues with a new game-based format. Students will play ZWAP! The Game, Let’s Build This!, and the Wheel of Zero, a game show-style game about how to reduce food packaging waste (demonstrated in the photo by Robert, one of our fantastic Work Programs participants). Each class will compete for points to see who emerges as the ZWAP! Masters! While we chalked up our first year of ZWAP! as a big success, we are committed to making this educational adventure as fun and engaging as possible.

ZWAP! bonus points

Alexa prepares to trimscot the Wheel of Zero table for the ZWAP! roomPreparing the new ZWAP! activities has given Alexa, our Zero Waste Educator, a chance to build up her reuse skills. She has been making sure we’re walking the talk by ensuring that our actions are in line with our educational message.  From the ZWAP! game boards, to the Wheel of Zero, to the tables in the ZWAP! room, she’s made 99.9 percent of it using reused materials and has done so by cutting, sawing, drilling, screwing, hammering, and painting. Kudos to Alexa for putting so much energy into preparing for ZWAP! 2.0!

Frame of expansion.

Josh Masias, “Frame of Expansion” 2017

Josh Masias, our 2017 Artist in Residence, only started last week and he has already knocked out his first piece, entitled “Frame of Expansion” (pictured). Josh is finishing up his BFA at UM School of Art and has transformed our mezzanine into a temporary art studio where he will spend the semester expanding his art practice from 2-D to 3-D compositions. Josh created a blog to document and reflect on his experience making sculpture using mostly materials from our waste stream. Follow Josh’s work on his blog. We are thrilled to provide this opportunity for emerging artists in partnership with the UM School of Art. Josh is our second Artist in Residence.

Materials matter.

Materials matter. That’s why we carefully disassemble buildings for maximum reuse and recycling. Deconstruction saves money, creates a local and affordable materials stream, reduces waste, and provides local jobs.

Did you know Missoula has adopted a Zero Waste goal? That goal is to reduce our waste stream by 90% by 2050. In order to get there, Missoula must reduce the volume waste generated through construction and demolition.

For more information on ZERObyFIFTY, Missoula’s Roadmap to Zero Waste, please contact Home ReSource at (406) 541-8301.

Now, watch our Deconstruction crew take down a house in 10 seconds flat! (It actually took 4 days.)

2016 Top Ten Highlights

Thanks for another great year, Missoula.

Here’s our 2016 Top Ten highlights…

Best Green Business
700 tons
ZWAP!
Missoula Zero Waste Resolution
Reuse potential
Big decon
Youth skills building
Growing our staff
Celebrating Missoula’s culture of reuse
Home sweet Home ReSource

We were voted Best Green Business for a 2nd year in a row in the 2016 Missoula Independent Reader’s Poll. Read the write-up in the Indy.

We worked with you to put more than 700 tons of building materials back to work in the community! That’s a big number and one we are confident in thanks to the work of Peter, our 2016 Climate Change Studies intern from UM.

We launched our Zero Waste Ambassadors Program (ZWAP!) educational adventure into the world of reuse and other “R” words. 600 young Missoulians learned about where stuff comes from, where it goes, and that their choices matter. Read the ZWAP! 2016 report.

We helped create the Missoula Zero Waste Resolution, which was passed by Missoula City Council in February. The resolution established a goal for the City to reduce solid waste by 90% by 2050. Read the Missoulian article.

We demonstrated the potential in materials that may appear to have little to no value by constructing a nifty tool shed/warming hut entirely out of reused materials – most of which likely would have not otherwise been reused (note the sweet paint can lid gable-end siding).

We deconstructed the Clawson Window Factory on the Northside, our largest commercial project in history, proving that deconstruction makes sense at any scale.

We increased community reuse skills through hands-on training in our youth woodworking workshops where students built projects to benefit the community as well as through our Youth Internship and Youth Apprenticeship Programs (YIP & YAP). Read the Missoulian article about our work with DeSmet School.

We grew our excellent staff to 30 (including 4 brand new baby Home ReSourcerers who will surely be sorting screws in no time) and celebrated together at our annual staff & board hot dog roast.

We continued celebrating a culture of reuse at our 12th annual Spontaneous Construction festival of creative reinvention and our 6th annual Banquet & Benefit Auction. (SponCon photo by Jonathan Qualben.)

And last but definitely not least, we bought our property! And by doing so ensured Missoula will have a place to call home sweet Home ReSource for years to come. Read the Missoulian article.

Thanks again, Missoula. You made all this possible.

Getting ZWAP! happy.

Alexa, our Energy Corps Service Member and Zero Waste Educator, is pictured here playing a mock-up of the exciting new board game we are developing for the next season of our 5th grade Zero Waste Ambassadors Program (ZWAP!) launching in spring 2017.

We’re looking forward to getting some young Missoulians back in to talk about materials, where they come from and where they go, and to empower them with the knowledge that their choices really matter.

If you’re the parent of a 5th grader, please ask your child’s teacher to sign up for ZWAP!, a no-cost learning adventure into reuse and other “R” words. Find out more about ZWAP! here or contact Alexa at alexa@homeresource.org for more information.

Waste Not.

wasteinfographic_ys2016Sometimes a little perspective goes a long way. Seems like that was what compelled Yvonne, a long-time Home ReSourceress, to put her mad GIS and number-crunching skills to work identifying the most and least wasteful countries on the planet.

Check it out! Yvonne’s Waste World infographic packs a lot of info about the waste we humans generate into a thought-provoking and easy-to-understand format.

Anyone surprised that the U.S. generates double the world average? And what the heck is going on in Trinidad and Tobago?