The goal of Eco Relics is to keep as much reusable materials out of the landfills as possible. From reclaimed building materials to hardware and an array of antiques and eclectic items, you never know what you're going to find in store. Their driven-based mission is to reuse and repurpose. Material strip out is one of the services offered by the business. On the smaller scale, if a homeowner is getting new kitchen cabinetry, the Eco Relics team can remove the cabinets to resell them in the store. On the larger scale, they can work with demolition crews to strip buildings of items such as sinks and flooring.
In 2017, Eco Relics teamed up with the U.S. Green Building Council, Northeast Florida Chapter and Norsk Tiny Homes to create the nation's first LEED Certified tiny home. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.
The tiny home was built using upwards of 75 percent salvaged and reclaimed building materials from Eco Relics. A1A Solar installed a solar energy unit to make the home more energy efficient. The home was on display at Eco Relics' anniversary party and the 8th Annual Northeast Florida Veg Fest.
Last year, a new tiny home project was announced. The Clara White Mission – a nonprofit with a mission to provide education, vocational training, food, housing and job placement for the homeless – aims to make a tiny home village for homeless veterans in the LaVilla area of Jacksonville. Eco Relics' owner Annie Murphy will be involved with the project.