INSPIRATION

For-profit and non-profit enterprises across the country are demonstrating the value can be created from waste. Get inspired by these local and national reuse and remanufacturing enterprises:

Logro Farms is an Austin-based full-cycle sustainable farm that specializes in the production of gourmet mushrooms and sustainable food products, using waste products from a nearby brewery.

The Austin Rubber Company manufactures a virgin rubber compound substitute, APX™, using a patented process. The system converts recycled tires and other scrap rubber compounds into a less expensive substitute for virgin rubber compound, which can be used in a variety of new products. Austin Rubber’s patented process produces a material that solves a global environmental waste problem and fills a growing commercial need at the same time.

By turning trash into revenue-producing businesses, St. Vincent de Paul Society (Lane County, Oregon) is simultaneously creating jobs for the unemployed and providing needed services to more than 84,000 people each year.

Granite Recyclers Austin works with local granite companies to collect their scraps and turn them into beautiful stone tiles and other granite products.

The Empowerment Plan is a Detroit-based nonprofit dedicated to serving the homeless community. They mostly hire homeless parents from local shelters to become full time seamstresses to create coats that transforms into sleeping bags at night.

Open Arms is a USA-Made sustainable apparel and sewn goods manufacturer empowering refugee women through living wage employment. This social enterprise is affiliated with the Multicultural Refugee Coalition and has used reclaimed fabric and other textiles from large companies, including IKEA and Build-A-Sign, to create accessories and clothing.