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!

Thank you.

Thanks to everyone who supported Home ReSource and all the other great local nonprofits during Missoula Gives. Thanks to you we reached our fundraising goal of $5,000 to support our Community Sustainability Programs!

Thanks also to everyone who has stopped by to pick up some historic Merc lumber. We are excited to see how those materials will be reborn in our community. Missoula Current gave a sneak peak at what some folks have planned.

Merc brick enthusiasts! In case you haven’t heard…HomeBase Montana has scheduled a brick giveaway for this Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m. in front of the Firestone Building at the corner of Pattee and Main in downtown. Read more in the Missoulian article.

Missoula Gives…

…to support community sustainability.

We see the value in people, community, and materials. From job skills training to reuse skills building, from youth education to Zero Waste community planning, Home ReSource is laying the foundation upon which Missoula’s culture of sustainability can be constructed.

On May 4 & 5, Missoula Gives is a 24-hour opportunity to show your support for our Community Sustainability Programs. But why wait til then? You can start giving online today and all next week at the store.

In other news, the makers of the #1 indie movie of 2016, “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things,” – aka The Minimalists – are returning to Missoula on May 9 for an in-depth talk about minimalism – aka living with less, aka implementing the first “R,” aka using less stuff. More info here.

Celebrate Earth Day!

.How do we celebrate Earth Day at Home ReSource? Usually by doing what we do everyday. We also have been heading up the Zero Waste efforts at the MUD Earth Day Celebration since 2015. We’re doing it again tomorrow at Free Cycles from 3 – 7 p.m. Come down and celebrate or lend a hand moving Missoula toward Zero Waste.

You know us, we love building materials reuse and we get excited when other people show reuse some love. So while you usually donate your gently used materials to Home ReSource, we ask that you consider donating your materials to the MBIA Reuse/Recycle Garage Sale tomorrow and show the Missoula Building Industry Association how important building material reuse is to you.

Also, Missoula Gives is coming! We hope you’ll choose to support Home ReSource Community Sustainability Programs on May 4 & 5. In fact, you can start donating today

Craft your favorite critter.

Last call to carve out some time to craft your favorite critter. Build your mask, costume, or puppet in our Community Room from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. this Saturday. Several templates are ready to go and customize. Then join legions of cheetahs, porcupines, turtles, orangutans, pronghorns, bison, and other beloved and endangered species in a tribute to them at the WildWalk & WildFest the following Saturday April 15th starting at noon at the X’s.

Also, if you haven’t yet, please add your ideas to Missoula’s Zero Waste Plan. Last day to comment online is Friday April 14th.

On a mission.

This week Ann Karp of Sideways Gaze Signs unleashed her artistry upon 60 feet of fir at Home ReSource. Her tools? A quart of green paint, a ruler, and a paint brush. Her mission? To paint our mission: “Home ReSource collects and sells resuable building materials to reduce waste and build a more vibrant and sustainable local economy.”

Mission accomplished!

Keep on the lookout as this sign will soon be mounted somewhere in our warehouse.

Speaking of reducing waste and building local economies, are you as excited as we are about the grand opening of Garden City Compost tomorrow? Read about it in the Missoulian and the Independent.

Walk this way.

Home ReSource now has a Communty Room. It’s where our ZWAP! field trips take place and it’s where other awesome things can happen. Things like the FREE WildWalk Parade Workshop that starts tomorrow and runs every Saturday through April 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Help build giant puppets, construct your own mask, or design a costume for the parade in support of the 40th International Wildlife Film Festival! Materials will be provided.

If you are interested in using the Community Room for your awesome event, send an email to

The most sustainable logging

We don’t decide which of Missoula’s buildings come down. But we are always grateful for the opportunity to keep the materials from the ones that do come down out of the landfill and in our community.

No building in our 10-year history of deconstruction has meant more to Missoula than the Mercantile. We are humbled to be a part of preserving its spirit by recovering thousands of board feet of old-growth lumber hidden inside its walls while also uncovering the Merc’s handwritten human past. This is the kind of “logging” that builds a more sustainable future.

ZERO by FIFTY Community Listening Sessions

The City of Missoula, together with Home ReSource and other community partners, is excited to launch “ZERO by FIFTY: Missoula’s Pathway to Zero Waste,” with a series of community listening sessions, March 2nd, 7th, and 8th. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend a session. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

The listening sessions are designed to be a forum for citizens to learn about the concept of Zero Waste, to learn more about Missoula’s waste reduction goals adopted by City Council in 2016 (90% reduction aka “Zero Waste” by 2050), and to dialogue with community leaders and neighbors to shape and inform a community-wide plan to achieve those goals. All Missoulians are invited to attend.

We know you care, we know you are curious, and we know you have great ideas. We want to hear from you! Please visit for more information including session details and like us on Facebook. If you cannot make the meeting please consider giving your input on this online comment form. For more information contact Chase Jones, or (406) 552-6389.

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.