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714 e. jefferson blvd.
south bend, in 46617


Just Goods offers fair trade, local-made, made in USA, organic, recycled and green products for the home and for families.  All of our products are sustainably crafted or manufactured.  You will find organic cotton clothing, reusable lunch containers, eco cleaning products, recycled-fiber socks, fair trade coffee, chocolate and gifts.  Together, we are making a difference.


Indiana's Oldest Sustainable Living General Store

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Sustainable Retrofit, roof, hvac, lighting


It's been a few months since we gave you an update.  Lots of work going on here at our old (1874!) building.  The chimney was in dangerously bad shape and would require an expensive rebuild.  Instead, we replaced the 80% efficient furnace with a 95% efficient model.  This cooler-exhausting furnace doesn't require a chimney, so we will be able to recoup our costs in a few years by avoiding the expensive re-build of the chimney, and saving on energy costs.

Location of former chimney, no longer needed due to installation of 95% efficient furnace.

This little vent pipe replaces the crumbling brick chimney because the 95% efficient furnace vents cooler air.

You might notice our new roof is a much lighter color than before.  This will result in lower energy use for summer cooling.  Bonus:  lighter colored shingles last longer!

Light colored shingles reflect sunlight in summer, reducing cooling costs, and last longer than dark colors.

Finally, while we were waiting for the broken a/c unit to be replaced, we took the plunge and replaced our halogen track light bulbs with LED models.  This will also take a few years to recoup the cost, but with bulbs designed to last 10 years or more, we should realize great savings over the long run, not to mention the environmental bonus of saving electricity and cutting down on the heat generated by halogens.

These 13w LEDs replace 75w halogen bulbs in our vintage track lights.

We were glad to find bulbs that worked in our old dimmer track light fixtures.

Let us know what kind of sustainable retrofit you are doing and we'll feature it here next month!

Sustainable Retrofit


We are settling in as building owners here at 714 E. Jefferson Boulevard.  It's a little easier with advice from Elicia Feasel of Sustainable Retrofitting.  Elicia describes herself as, "an advocate for historic buildings."  In developing our plan, she uncovered an old assessors card, which puts the birthdate of our building at 1874! We want to keep you posted on our progress, as we slowly update the interior and exterior of the building in a way that is consistent with Just Goods mission, as Indiana's oldest sustainable living general store.  Look for our blogposts, in our newsletter, and on our facebook page for updates.  If you have ideas, suggestions, or would like to help out in any way, please contact us at


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Earth Hour 2010


On Saturday March 27, people around the world will turn off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. to celebrate Earth Hour 2010. Sponsored by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Earth Hour is intended to make a global statement about climate change and to demonstrate a commitment to finding solutions.

The lights-out initiative, which began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 as a one-city environmental campaign, has evolved into a global sustainability movement. Last year, nearly one billion people participated in Earth Hour – involving 4,100 cities in 87 countries on seven continents.

Mary Turgi, CSC
Director -- Holy Cross International Justice Office

Green Building Discussion & Tour 3/16


What:Discussion by local homeowners on their experience with Green building
When: Tuesday, March 16, Noon -1:30 pm
Where: BAEC office
Also: Home tour at Reser Home, 1:30-2:30

Dessert will be provided!
Green Building Experience by local homeowners

The Green Building Committee of the Builder's Association of Elkhart County is pleased to have Melissa Kinsey from the Sustainable Business Network Committee talking about the "Green Building Experience" on Tuesday March 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Joining her will be homeowner Heather Reser, a homeowner from Sylvan Meadows who will open her LEED certified home for a tour following the discussion from 1:30 - 2:30.

The discussion will take place at the BAEC office at 25428 C.R. 20 in Elkhart. Dessert will be provided by Home Energy LLC.