One of the things I’m super proud to be a part of now is the Baltimore Wood Project. Now I’ll be real, you and I are on the consumer side of this initiative, but I’m just happy that we are contributing at all.
The Baltimore Wood Project is an initiative that helps create jobs, keep salvage materials out of landfills, and gets the wood repurposed and resold locally. So how do we fit in? We are the folks buying the repurposed wood. As of right now, all of our signs are made with wood that was salvaged as a part of this project. That makes you an important part in closing this loop!
I recently learned there are 16,000 vacant properties in Baltimore and 4,000 Baltimore row homes are slated to be demolished over the next four years. Yikes! Knocking those down and trashing everything would be easier for sure, but that just wastes good materials and fills up our landfills unnecessarily. Luckily there’s a better way.
With this initiative, instead of all that waste, these homes are deconstructed and the wood is repurposed as much as possible. Also, it takes 2-3 times more people to deconstruct a home than it does to demolish one, so this initiative is not only creating jobs in Baltimore but then helping to staff them with people who truly need the work. Then I go to warehouses like Brick + Board, grab that wood, and together we make it into new things. Cool right? (I mean, I think so at least.)
All of this means that when you have fun creating fun crafts with us, you are also contributing to a bigger picture. Who knew crafting could have a conscience, right?
You can learn more about the Baltimore Wood project by visiting their website.