Creative Reuse exhibitors wanted!

The Creative Reuse Department returns to the Fair starting August 8th and Home ReSource is again leading the charge. If you make cool stuff from reused materials, we want you to show it off! We know you’re out there and we know you have sweet creations. Show Missoula what’s possible with reused materials! Read the department guidelines and register (online until July 28 at the Fair office until August 2).

Did you know Fair volunteers get sweet stuff like free tickets to the demolition derby, an all-day carnival ride pass, Fair Food bucks, and more? If you want to volunteer with the Creative Reuse Department, please contact Alexa at

Exhibitors Wanted!

for the Creative Reuse Department.

The Creative Reuse Department returns to the Fair and Home ReSource is again leading the charge. If you make cool stuff from reused materials, we want you to show it off! We know you’re out there and we know you have sweet creations. Show Missoula what’s possible with reused materials! Read the department guidelines and register online.

Here’s one example of a creation that would make a great entry: The folks at HJEM grabbed some Merc wood from Home ReSource, welded up a metal frame, and made a super sweet table. The Creative Reuse Department has five divisions including furniture, jewelry, art & sculpture, and more.

Thanks Missoula!

We’re thrilled you bestowed upon us the honor of Best Green Business for a third year in a row, Missoula. We’ve always prided ourselves at being scrappy. Thanks for recognizing that scrappiness might actually be an essential quality of a “green” business who puts as much weight on social and environmental bottom lines as on the economic one. Thank you. We intend to keep doin’ you proud. And thanks to Amy Donovan for the great photo of our home.

Want to learn how Zero Waste can help your business’ social & environmental bottom line? Katie, our Executive Director, will be leading an academy at the Last Best Conference next month on that very topic. Learn more here.

Fresh batch of Merc materials.

Have you gotten your piece of the Merc yet?

Our Decon crew has been denailing their heads off prepping dimensional lumber for you. And this weekend the coveted Merc ceiling tin goes on sale.

After your trip to Home ReSource on Sunday, maybe we’ll see you down at the MADE Fair. We’ll be playing some of our ZWAP! games with attendees and talking about why materials matter

Local First!

Did you know there’s a blueprint for building a vibrant and sustainable local economy? Katie, our E.D., went to a conference on local economies last week and came back with some great and simple strategies for how to do it:

  • Eat local
  • Buy Local
  • Bank Local
  • Build Local

Supporting these basic building blocks along with things like localizing supply chains, sourcing local talent, advocating for supportive policies, and making space for business training and entrepreneurship (especially green jobs) together will make a more vibrant and sustainable Missoula. Where do you see yourself in that Missoula?

Fair Curious?

Next Friday June 16th, join us down at the Fairgrounds for the Missoula Midtown Melt-Off. We’ll be in the Culinary Arts building with two superstar exhibitors from the Creative Reuse Division of the 2016 Western Montana Fair for a live presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Howie Adams (multiple ribbon winner including 1st place for his “USS Enterprise Lamp” pictured above) and Steve Weiler (winner of Best in Show for his “Steampunk Ray Gun 2” pictured above) are expert repurposers with unique approaches to exploring the potential of reusable materials. Howie and Steve will bring examples of their work, talk about their creative process, and answer questions.

Besides that there’s a local brewfest, live music, free ice skating, and plenty of kid’s activities. We hope to see you in the Culinary Arts building next Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Electronics recycling rides again!

Last December, we were saddened to learn of the closing of Opportunity E-Cycling, which was at the time Montana’s only recycler of discarded electronics.

We are excited to share with you the news that there’s a new electronics recycling dog in town, Oreo’s Refining. This is the latest business to emerge amidst the plethora of entrepreneurial possibilities in a Missoula moving toward Zero Waste.

Oreo’s offers free pick-ups and pays customers 1 penny per pound for electronics. More information can be found on the Oreo’s Refining Facebook page.

While you’re at it, join people around the world in the World Environment Day Zero Waste Challenge. It happens on Monday June 5. Sign up today!

Save the Date – SponCon 2017!

Mark your calendars for Missoula’s only festival of creative reinvention…Spontaneous Construction returns on Saturday, September 16th.

“SponCon” has become an annual Missoula tradition. Building contest participants have seven hours to use their choice of Home ReSource materials to build the most beautiful, functional, and creative pieces they can dream up amidst live music, local food, David Miles Lusk woodblock printed t’s, and free activities for kids of all ages.

Team registration begins in June. Stay tuned for music line-up, food vendors, and family-friendly activities. Visit our SponCon page for more information.

Also, our friends at Ecology Project International are having their annual First Friday Celebration next Friday. It’ll be at the historic Swift Center, 315 S. 4th St. East and looks like fun for the whole family with live music, free beer, screen printing, and a chalk mural activity.

Shady characters.

Our friends at Climate Smart Missoula and MMW Architects are some of the shadiest characters we know. They spearheaded a project to provide relief from increasing summer temperatures with a public shade structure along the Kim Williams Trail as part of Climate Smart’s Summer Smart program. Steve Nelson, Home ReSource’s Grand Poobah of Special Projects, led construction of the wood structure, which was built using more than 90 percent reclaimed lumber. Imagine that! A functional, health-conscious structure intentionally designed with reuse in mind. This is an example of how we can build a more vibrant and sustainable Missoula when we work together, folks.

Perhaps you can vote them Best Shady Characters in the Indy’s annual Best of Missoula poll. If you don’t find that specific category, we suspect you’ll want to cast some votes in the categories that you do find. Polling closes in the middle of the night next Thursday. Cast your votes today!