If you live anywhere near Fairfax California, or happen to be in the area, stop in and visit Fairfax Lumber & Hardware.    The lumber yard, located in Marin County California, has been in business since 1912 and is now 100% employee owned.  Their focus has been providing their customers with solutions to improve indoor air quality, conserve natural resources, increase energy efficiency and generate fewer toxins in the environment.    They do this through stocking many environmentally friendly products such as: Mythic Non-Toxic Zero VOC paints, FSC certified forest products and environmentally friendly solutions for dealing with weeds, bugs and fungal problems.  Click here for a PDF of Fairfax Green information.

Red bricks

Fairfax Lumber now puts true meaning into the words “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” by accepting donations of salvaged and recycled building materials for resale.  You can find old doors, barely used sinks, architectural details, light fixtures, furniture and much more.  Normally these items would be tossed into landfills, but they have also found a way to sell the salvaged materials side by side with new materials.

Old doors and doorknobs ready for use!

Their efforts at green building won them the 2007 Independent Pro Dealer of the Year Award from Home Channel News, a national trade magazine, the 2009 Small Business of the Year presented by the California State Senate, district 3 and the 2009 Sustainable North Bay Award as presented by the California State Assembly.  It may be that Fairfax Lumber is the only business selling new and used building materials side by side, along with green building products.

Salvaged sinks.

Garden collection.

Old school screen door.