Originate Natural Building Materials

How does the company you are nominating exemplify the concepts of reducing, reusing and recycling? (500 character max.)

Both locations, the original warehouse and the new showroom on Main Avenue, both re-used existing buildings in the heart of the city. By renovating existing buildings you are recycling in the strongest way. Then the building was renovated to use daylight and LED lighting. Originate harvests rainwater passively and with 6000 gallons of cisterns, this waters all of our plants. The buildings were also renovated using non-toxic & salvaged materials. The spaces both exemplify healthy building.

How does the company engage and inform employees and consumers about sustainability? (500 character max.)

Originate is a natural building materials showroom that specializes in interior finishes that are environmentally friendly, non-toxic, durable, and made from natural, renewable, and recycled resources. Our showroom showcases these materials. The showroom is mainly daylit and otherwise uses LED lighting. Our heating system is super efficient Rinnai wall heaters and we use ceiling fans and evaporative cooling not AC to cool the space. We utilized salvage materials everywhere possible.

How does the company you are nominating give back to the community? (500 character max.)

Originate started in October 2003, in downtown Tucson, as a local and regional resource to foster conservation and sustainability in construction. Originate has partnered with many non-profits in 14 years, Watershed Management Group, Living Streets Alliance, Local First Arizona, Sky Island High School, City High School, The Tucson Zoo. We also donate materials and discontinued samples to the community. Members of the staff speak publicly within the community sharing our knowledge base.

What else would you like us to know about this company? (1,000 character max.)

Originate was ahead of the curve with sustainable and healthy building beginning in October 2003. 14 years later the company still follows the same ethos. All paper that is printed is 100% recycled or tree free. We use soy based inks. We salvage ourselves and work with local demo companies to keep old building materials out of the land fill. Originate functions as a community resource. We enjoy sharing knowledge about natural building materials and helping you to make environmentally aware choices during the design and build process.


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