Doing their part to help fund Habitat for Humanity's local mission, ReStore sells new and gently used building materials and home-improvement supplies to homeowners looking to spiff up their abodes. But it's not just existing homes that benefit: proceeds from every sale are funneled to Habitat Kent, which builds homes for low-income families who need them. Over the past decade, they've raised more than $1 million for the organization, which is enough to build nine homes or one home that can clone additional homes. The donation-based inventory is constantly changing, but often includes electrical and plumbing supplies, lighting, tools, and upholstery.
Tree Huggers at Home's name isn't merely whimsical—it's a philosophy. The eco-conscious business aims to put the Earth first in all of its services. Its bulk grocery store, for instance, stocks completely vegetarian products, many of them vegan and sourced from Michigan. The staff members also research each product to ensure its status as sustainable and eco-friendly. The ever-growing inventory spans items such as tempeh, Dayia cheese, assorted grains, and dried fruit, along with household products such as green toiletries and cleaners for a less chemical lifestyle.
The shop's focus on less wasteful living extends beyond the products themselves. All items are package-free, relying on guests to bring reusable containers such as canvas bags or old mason jars. That environmentally-conscious touch extends to Tree Huggers' recycling center, which accepts materials not often picked up curbside. The organization's team members also travel off-site to homes and businesses, giving consultations and workshops on healthful practices.
The certified technicians at USA Insulation of Lansing plug up energy leaks in a wide range of home materials, explaining every step of the process to clients before they set to work. During an initial consultation, the techs thoroughly inspect homes to equip dwellings with the most effective insulation, effectively quashing drafts in wood and steel stud walls, brick and veneer masonry, stucco, and more. Using USA premium foam to layer walls and air-sealing techniques to eliminate hidden leaks, the team helps homeowners to save money on energy bills, reduce environmental damage, and increase property value better than wallpapering the living room with quarters.