The biggest and most unique characteristic of the Newburyport Historic District is Wood. In contrast, we are increasingly surrounded by oil-producing plastic. I looked down yesterday and quite sadly from the pinnacle of the Commodore Perry Bridge across the Delaware River. Below, lining up for their turn were monstrous tankers that practically dwarfed the plastics factories in Delaware that they were servicing. If you wonder how plastic has dominated our society, go to K-mart and try to find something made out of wood – plastics are everywhere and every aisle represents thousands of factories using oil.
Increasingly homes are being made in some form or another in plastic. Most of the houses in the NHD have a thrilling uniqueness to them that can not be replicated anywhere else. (Unless you have beau coup bucks!)
I will be doing some inserts on how to protect all that wood – by doing so, we will preserve our homes which are the ultimate recyclers – by preserving our buildings we prevent yet another structure going into a landfill. EPA says that fully one-third of landfills are composed of building materials.
We can help the environment by saving our homes!