Boston Building Resources is a name that encompasses two related social enterprises located at 100 Terrace Street in Boston’s Roxbury Crossing neighborhood. (You can download our most recent newsletter by clicking the icon on the right.)
The first is a consumer co-op, or a store owned by and operated for its members. The co-op was founded in 1978 under the name Boston Building Materials Co-op. It provides new materials for home improvement with a special focus on kitchen cabinetry, windows, doors, energy-saving products, and green products. Anyone can join, and you can also shop without joining. Being a co-op means that we are not in business to maximize profits, but to benefit our members.
The Reuse Center at Boston Building Resources is a charitable nonprofit that accepts donations of new and gently used materials for resale. It opened its doors in 1993 and was known until recently as the Building Materials Resource Center. Anyone can shop at the Reuse Center. Additional discounts are given to Plus members—people who meet our income guidelines, as well as any charitable nonprofit organization. Standard members and the public will pay a slightly higher price on Reuse Center items, but the extra income helps this nonprofit to be sustainable and grow.
BBR provides high-value, affordable materials, both new and used, for home maintenance and improvements. But beyond simply buying products, customers can find expert advice, technical assistance, and hands-on workshops that teach home improvement skills.
Boston Building Resources is also focused on benefiting the environment. The organization is a source for energy-efficient, water-saving, and environmentally friendly items such as rain barrels, home compost bins, weather stripping, and materials made from recycled components. Further, needless waste is reduced when reusable materials are donated to the Reuse Center at BBR instead of being sent to landfills.
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