We are part of Non-Toxic Environments, an educational non-profit. As designers, we saw discontinued materials in interior design offices, with product representatives, and in design showrooms, with nowhere to go. Often, these materials were getting tossed into the landfill. So we collected them, and partnered with the GDC/Building For Health in Waukesha, WI, who stores the materials and hosts the event.
120,000 pounds collected, 98% diverted
Those aren’t bad statistics for the first four years of Re_Purposeful. These stats encompass salvaged material samples suchas fabric samples for crafters, carpet squares for preschool teachers and ceramic tile overruns for low income homeowners. The design industry CAN make a difference!
What do we do with it? We give it away for FREE to our community! Our event, Re_Purposeful, invites teachers, non-profits, artists, crafters, and anyone else who can put these materials to use to come and take the materials. We’ve seen everything from quilts to children’s school art projects being made out of the materials we’ve managed to collect. There’s nothing better to us than seeing someone’s face light up when they’ve thought of or created truly unique items from materials that would’ve normally been thrown to the side.
What do those materials look like? Carpet tiles, wood samples, small and large tiles, fabric swatches, large pieces of fabric, vinyl tiles, and lots more! Some of this comes as full matching pieces, some of it is really, really random. But someone’s creativity can always find a way to use it all, from the one piece of broken tile, to the binder the carpet samples were in!
We are so proud of this event and we’re not stopping anytime soon…we have big plans!
2017 Drop Off Locations