“Repurposing” Materials

Melissa Sandfort

“Repurposing” makes sense both economically and environmentally.

Our company is focused on the creative reuse side of the famous three-sided reduce, reuse, recycle arrowed triangle. repurposedMATERIALS is the only company in America whose entire product line is made of “repurposed” items.

What is “repurposing”? Re•pur•posed Ma•te•ri•als (noun) Used assets that have value “as is” to a second, unrelated industry. Repurposing IS creative Reuse. It is NOT recycling that has gotten all the buzz since the 1970s. Remember, recycling requires huge amounts of energy to melt, grind, chip, or shred a waste stream into a useable raw material to manufacture something new. With “repurposing”, we deal with byproducts and waste that get a second life because they have value “as is”.

So, what are examples of “repurposing”?

Used rubber roofing membrane gets “repurposed” as pond liners…

Retired wine barrels get “repurposed” as trash cans…

Old street sweeper brushes get “repurposed” as back scratchers for livestock.

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