“Industrial Matchmaker” Repurposes Discarded Byproducts

Read the full story at GreenSource.

If you thought you knew a little bit about repurposing things that might otherwise be seen as waste, you may find you still have a lot to learn – unless you’ve already been reusing things like pole vault crash pads, of course. That’s right, and weren’t you wondering what happened to all that vinyl from the gigantic political billboard near your highway exit after the election was over?

Lots of these ungainly materials are automatically carted off to local landfills, but a Denver-based business repurposedMATERIALS is finding a second life for them. They define the castoffs they purchase and resell as “byproducts and waste that have value ‘as is’ to a second, unrelated industry,” and they are the only company in the United States whose entire product line is “preowned.” Part of what makes this company different is that what they sell is not recycled, which can require energy to melt, grind, or chip the original item, but utilizes each product in its original form. They don’t need to make things into something else: repurposedMATERIALS has found plenty of customers who want what they have to offer just the way it is.

Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

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