What is CommunEcos?

CommunEcos is a nonprofit organization devoted to bringing people into connection with a sustainable and socially just life. It seeks to achieve these objectives in ways that are both practical and imaginative through workshops, presentations, collaborative social enterprise and on-site demonstration projects. Its Recyclique cooperative and shop  helps generate the revenue that makes this work possible, in addition to public donations.  Click here for info on our famous painted rain barrels.  And pay no attention if our banner on the left says “No Events” -It’s just not working, Look on Events page for our latest calendar. We have weekly events on either Fri. evenings or Sat. afternoons.

Where are we?: 2811 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC (green house next to the Food Lion)

When are we open?:  We just expanded our hours!! We’re now open: Wed., Thur, & Fri.  1:30-5:30 pm & Sat. 10am -5 pm.


A note to our many Friends: If you’ve not come around lately, check us out – We been changin’!  Lots of new and improved inventory and displays;  plus our drinks bar in the Ecolounge now serves affordable hot and cold drinks and tasty treats every Saturdays.  —————————————————


Did you know?:

* CommunEcos, our non-profit, has sponsored over 350 sustainability education events since we opened our doors in 2011!? (many since 2013 co-sponsored with Transition Durham). ———————————————————————————————————————–

*Or that in winter 2014-15, when our landlord needed to sell, dozens of supporters pitched in to help our non-profit purchase our building?!  How cool is that!—————————————————

Special thanks to board members Jim Senter, Jonathan Sheline, Anthony Watts, Donald Nonini, and also Steve Mann for help building our homemade greenhouse last fall and winter, and assisting with construction of our rain garden this spring. —————————————————————————

*Special thanks also to Tana Hartmann who helped us develop our Ecolounge Café space and lent her many talents to upgrading the inventory and look of the shop in 2015.– Also, thanks to Tana and her son Scott, we now have a new curbside sign and a freshly repainted bathroom!


Thanks to all our supporters and volunteers who help us thrive! –

Donations are tax-deductible!  If you are able to donate, please write your check to “Communecos” and either bring by the shop or mail to: 2030 Englewood Ave., Durham, NC 27705. We will happily mail (or email) you a donation receipt!


What Does CommunEcos do?

First, it holds events, workshops, presentations and film showings with the purpose of bringing the principles of environmental sustainability and a socially just economy to a broader audience of interested and caring people. [see our Events page calendar  for info on upcoming events] We also have regular “how-to” or skillshare events to help people regain practical skills of  living that recent generations have forgotten, as well as new knowledge and skills for building sustainable lifestyles. We work closely with Transition Durham, and we seek to build mutually beneficial collaborations with other organizations and individuals working for similar goals.

Second, it works with its member artisans and craftspeople to “upcycle” (re-use and re-purpose) used and second-hand “stuff” to put it to sustainable use. By selling their creative products, it seeks to provide our members with a green income source at a time of broader financial crisis and artificially created scarcity.

Third, in its own design features, CommunEcos and its Recyclique Cooperative Store seek to provide practical demonstrations of how the stuff that people possess can be creatively re-used. We seek not only to talk about a sustainable life style in an urban environment, but to demonstrate how it can be lived as well, in areas not only of creative re-use but also in such areas as sustainable energy and food.

Fourth, by relying on our own model for generating green income from our rain barrel production and our artisan’s cooperative and its sales from our Recyclique shop, we seek to provide a model for a progressive autonomous nonprofit organization, which is neither beholden to large funders for its programs, nor commits its members to an endless chase for funding in competition with other worthwhile organizations.