Brighton, Michigan (PressExposure) April 19, 2008 -- Local home staging company RE:STYLE, LLC today announced the launch of âReuse, Recycle, RE:STYLE,â a new program that introduces eco-friendly, resource-saving practices as part of the companyâs service to its clients.
âMany green principals are inherently a part of what RE:STYLE does when staging a lived-in or vacant house,â says Kathi Presutti, RE:STYLEâs owner. âWe reuse as much of the current owners furnishings as possible, saving home sellers another kind of green (money). And over half of RE:STYLEâs $55,000 worth of staging inventory is recycledâmeaning, we purchase from resale and consignment shops, as well as from furniture rental companies. We even reuse the bags we get when we do purchase new itemsâthey serve as packing materials for the accessories we bring to jobs.â
The companyâs Reuse, Recycle, RE:STYLE program takes these green principles a few steps further by partnering with other companies committed to eco-friendly practices, and expanding its own use of resource-saving products. For example, RE:STYLE will now use only compact florescent bulbs in the lighting brought into client homes, and will encourage clients to replace their bulbs where appropriate as well.
âEven though a home staging company canât have the same wide-reaching effect as a green-builder, we can help in many of the same ways,â said Presutti. âAnd the other companies that RE:STYLE partners with will be those that share our âgreenâ values, such as a cleaning company that uses only environmentally friendly cleaning products.â
RE:STYLE will also be specifying no-VOC paints when recommending paint colors, and offering clients eco-friendly alternatives for flooring, or any remodeling components that are contracted out for clients.
âWe also will request that our staging partners recycle whatever they can from a jobsite. And, of course, RE:STYLE will do the same,â said Presutti.
Beginning in April, RE:STYLE will donate a portion of every hands-on staging project to an eco-conscious program. âI particularly like Brad Pittâs âMake It Rightâ project,â said Presutti, âbut I really want to keep the money closer to home.â
To accomplish this, RE:STYLE will devote a section of its website to the new Reuse, Recycle, RE:STYLE program, and will list the recipients of the donated dollars. âWe also plan to highlight staging projects that have gone above and beyond in terms of being green,â said Presutti.
The website, http://www.ReStyleStaging.com, will also feature eco-friendly tips that any homeowner can use. Presutti welcomes email suggestions for eco-friendly products or tips from the public.
By introducing the new Reuse, Recycle, RE:STYLE program, RE:STYLE is on the leading edge of the new âgreen stagingâ trend. âI can see other staging companies going the âI-am-greener-than-youâ route, but thatâs a good thing, because in the end, the whole earth benefits,â said Presutti.