If you want to meet heroes making today’s world a more sustainable place, look no further than the Goodwill store in Cheyenne, Wyoming. What makes this particular store so ecologically responsible? It’s constructed almost entirely from plastic Guitar Hero controllers the organization has collected over the years.
When we saw pictures of the Chyeyenne Goodwill online we had to find out where this genius green idea came from. According to Regional Manager Don Hebbleman, video game equipment usually demands a decent price in Goodwill stores. So for a while they were happy to take donated Guitar Hero and Rock Band controllers. But, after years of donations they had literal tons of them.
OVER THREE TONS, and nobody was buying.
“We didn’t know what to do with the controllers. We were totally lost,” Hebbleman told me over the phone. “Then one day, I saw my daughter playing with a set of Lincoln Logs, and I had the idea. Why can’t we do the same thing with all those plastic guitars?”
That’s the kind of forward thinking the world needs today, Don!
Construction of Cheyenne’s flagship thrift store was finished earlier this year, and rhythm game instruments make up 97 percent of the store’s structure and furnishings.
The guitars that once clicked out the riffs to “Freebird,” “Through the Fire and the Flames,” and that one Buckethead song now interlock ingeniously to form the store’s walls and ceiling thanks to Chief Architect Kyle Schwartz.
“It also turns out Rock Band drum kits serve as excellent shirt racks, and the turntable controllers from the short-lived DJ Hero series work well as jewelry displays,” said Schwartz
The best news? Goodwill isn’t finished. Hebbleman estimates that enough controllers remain for at least two additional buildings, including one specially themed Beatles Rockband location.
What a win for planet Earth!
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