We know that Reuse is one of the R’s and has a place above Recycling on the waste hierarchy, but what does the business of reuse look like? What are the successful reuse business models beyond the traditional thrift or resale operation? Speakers will share leading national models for making reuse work for the bottom line through creative repurposing, repair, resale, and remanufacturing. Register to hear how these organizations bring in revenue, control costs, create partnerships, and compete in the marketplace to make reuse financially sustainable.
-Madeline James, Deputy Director, The Scrap Exchange: The Scrap Exchange’s creative reuse center in Durham, NC, founded in 1991, contains a retail store, an art gallery, a Design Center to host classes, a Make N Take classroom for open studio art-making, and much more. Scrap Exchange’s latest project is a turning a shopping center into a Reuse Arts District.
-Julia Bluff, iFixit: iFixit is a wiki-based site that teaches people how to fix almost anything and offers repair tools for sale.
-Cory Skuldt: Cory is a MBA Candidate and Sustainability Consultant. She works to expand circular models in textiles, fashion, education, and retail, growing financially sustainable business models with a positive environmental and social impact. Cory recently completed a strategic growth plan and triple-bottom-line financial model for Eileen Fisher’s FisherFound line. FisherFound sells Eileen Fisher clothing from the company’s take back program, and has launched a remanufactured line to create new clothing from post-consumer material. Cory will share her work with FisherFound as well as general research on apparel take back programs.