Search By Location



Special Offers

Sign up for special offers and new product information from Repurposed Materials!

Newsletter July 11, 2017

July 11, 2017     Please FORWARD to a friend or colleague.     SUBSCRIBE

re·pur·posed·MA·TE·RI·ALS (noun) - byproducts and waste that have value "as is" to a second, unrelated industry.  LEARN MORE ABOUT US>>   
In this Edition Denver | Chicago | Atlanta | Dallas | Philadelphia

Military Cargo Parachutes.  35' and 100' diameter.  L: Denver, Chicago   ORDER ONLINE>>

repurposedINGENUITY: "We use these cargo parachutes up here in Canada to make a portable, temporary heated shelter to work on our heavy equipment.  We drape the parachute over the equip and then put a propane burner under it.  And, it expands like a hot air balloon.  Keeps us nice and toasty!" - Bill in Alberta 

Street Sweeper Brushes.  L: Dallas, Denver  Click Here for Sweeper Brush pricing>>

UHMW Polyethylene (Ultra High Molecular Weight) Flat Bar Stock.  BEFORE:  This is unused bar stock that was rejected by the U.S. Coast Guard for a big marine project in Oregon because the color was wrong.   (Qty 35 - 4" x 12" x 18') L: Denver  Email for UHMW Details and Pricing>>

interestPARTY:  "We normally use this UHMW material on our indoor race track as a barrier. It is bolted to used NASCAR tires.  This UHMW material is expensive but superior to the other track barriers. I will give this to my partners." Ed Bradford  RE:  Ed, We like your "repurposing" of old NASCAR tires, too.)

repurposedHISTORY.  In Italy after World War II many enterprising olive farmers "repurposed" old parachutes left behind by Allied soldiers.  The old parachutes, with their hole in the middle, worked ideally to use as a skirt under the trees (think Christmas tree skirt) to collect all the olives as they were picked.  While the WWII parachutes have long ago vanished, the parachutes were such a hit that still today they refer to the skirts as "parachutes".  

Q: Like this WWII-era "repurpose", do you know of other historical "repurposes"?  Email Details>>

Cargo Parachutes.
  35' and 100' used parachutes.  Order Online>>


repurposedROLODEX "I go around to oilfield companies and buy up retired drilling rope.  I then sell it to barge companies on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.  They make harnesses out of the use rope to harness their barges together." - Maurice  RE: Maurice, thanks for sharing how you make money in the used economy!!

Q:  Like Maurice, does your company repair, upgrade, restore, overhaul, recondition, cleanup assets or materials that industry is discarding to increase their value?  We are building our Rolodex of companies that add value to castoffs of Corporate America.   If yes, we’d like to hear from you!  Call Damon @ 303.321.1471 or Email Damon>>

repurposedPRODUCTS see all PRODUCTS>>
Locations:  (303-321-1471) DenverChicagoAtlantaDallasPhiladelphia

Rolls of Rubber.  BEFORE:  These rolls of rubber were involved in a truck accident on the way to a factory where they were going to be die cut into diaphragms for truck air brakes.  The customer rejected the whole load.  Really!?!  How bad can you hurt rolls of rubber?  Anyway, these brand new rolls of 1/8" x 56" x 100-200' are available for sale.  (NOTE: The blue material is protective packaging layer between the black rubber.)  L: Denver Click here for pricing>>>

Sample Request:  "We are going to test this product for soles of our cowboy boots.  We want to test the durability on different surfaces as well." Lacey

Stainless Steel Skeletons.  We just got in a bunch of stainless steel skeletons  The skeletons were created when they punched out 7/64" holes.  Sheets Sizes: 30" x 12' and 4' x 12'.  These sheets are thin enough to be quite flexible.  L: Dallas  Click for Sizes and Pricing>>

Your Ideas:  "I've attached an image of a couple of lights we manufacture, which could serve as 'repurposing' ideas for the perforated stainless steel sheets."  Lawrence w/ Metro Lighting


Price Reduced...Warehouse Carts.  We just got in a bunch these warehouse carts.  Just go to Pinterest to see all the things people do with these carts.  L: Chicago.  Click for Reduced Pricing>>

55 gal Steel Drums.  L: Denver, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas  Click for Pricing>>

repurposedPROJECT:  "I just saw this on 55 gallon drum into BBQ." Judd Brooks  Click Here for all 9 Steps>>   

Polyiso Insulation.  BEFORE: We salvaged 45 truckloads of 3" x 4' x 8'  sheets off a Auto Zone distribution center warehouse.  L: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Philadelphia  Click Here for Pricing>>

repurposedCUSTOMER:  Jerry bought 4 bunks of this used insulation yesterday to insulate his airplane hanger in New Jersey.  Jerry, we appreciate your business!


politicalSURPLUS:  We did a deal for a 40,000+ Sq Ft steel mezzanine originally used at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.  This steel structure weighs 284,000 lbs.  L: Atlanta  Click Here for Parts and Prices>>

PS: Oh, and thanks John for choosing to sell this mezzanine to us for "repurposing" rather than simply selling it to a metal recycler to be melted!  "Repurposing"/re-use is certainly a higher and better use for this steel!

Synthetic Turf. Several different types / roll sizes of turf.  L: Dallas, Denver, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta  Turf Pricing>>

repurposedPROJECT:  The 29th Street Mall in Boulder, CO created "grasslets" using artificial turf topped off with waterproof pillows to spruce up their otherwise grass-less shopping mall!

Gym Flooring.  L: Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, Atlanta  Click Here for Court Pricing>>

repurposedPROJECT:  "Nathan, from South Dakota, purchased 33 sheets of gym flooring. He is using it to build a custom squash court in his basement." - Patrick (our Chicago manager)

INTERESTING FACT:  Many think that "repurposing" is for those of the lower income demographic.  To the contrary, as Nathan's home squash court attests, we have many very high net worth and business owners/executives as customers and supporters!  Hmmm...might there be a correlation between frugality and net worth!?!

Insulated Roof Pavers.  This a pretty unique waste stream.  This is a thick piece of Dow insulation board with a 1/2" of concrete adhered to it to form an insulated paver.  The panels are 3-4" x 2' x 4'  L: Denver, Philadelphia, Atlanta  Click Here for Pricing>>

repurposedSUGGESTION:  "Your used roofing pavers look a whole lot like the foundation insulation panels they sell to insulated the exposed foundation walls around your house." - Eric Jansen in Vermont


3/8" Guy Wire.  182,000' on 18 spools.  Selling by the individual spool.  L: Denver  Click Here for Pricing>>

repurposedPROJECT:  "I’ve attached a picture of a fence I built using 3/8" guy wire cable.  It really makes an awesome fence for horses." - Dave Peterson inIdaho

PROBLEM:  Paul, an environmental engineer at a large tire warehouse facility is resourceful and a "repurposer".  His forklift operators kept running into the exterior walls of their very large warehouse building.  He had tried multiple solutions.  SOLUTION:  Paint railroad rail yellow and bolt it 18" out from the wall.  (see pictures below.)  "This worked like a charm.  I was continuing to have to repair the wall and replace concrete or rubber bumpers and came up with this idea to use railroad rail." - Paul  

Railroad Rail.  L: Denver  Click for Pricing>>

WANTED: Hard-to-Recover Metals.  Do you have waste material that has a % of non-ferrous metal content that is hard to recover?  If yes, we might be able to help!  Lots of these metals have very little, if any, scrap value because the metal is too costly to recover because of adjoining plastics, glass, coatings, adhesives, rubber, laminated films, etc.  Call Damon at 303.321.1471 or Email Us for Details>>

EXAMPLE:  So, want an example of a hard-to-recover metal?  Take, for example, peel off packaging lids like on yogurt cups.  They lid is a mix of aluminum and plastic laminated together.  The presences of the plastic greatly diminishes the value of the aluminum.  SOURCE/REASON: Often the marketing department will change the printing on the labels and brand new coils of this packaging material are instantly obsolete.  Q: Know any food manufacturers where this is the case?  Email Us>>


How We Work.  BEFORE"I have some granite slabs from old measuring equipment and gauge work.  Can you help me find them a home?" Cynette w/ General Motors Corp  STATUSCynette accepted our offer, and we now have they granite slaps for sale.

Q:  Like Cynette, do you have obsolete items you'd like our help in finding a home for?  If yes, Email Us Details>>

Granite Surface Plates.  Several different 2" x 16" x 20" up to 12" x 44" 87" weighing 4,500 lbs...of these granite slabs  L: Philadelphia  Click for Details>>

repurposedINBOX:   "I am intrigued by your business concept...and I like the no BS HTML newsletter style!  Our field research teams often visit Florida farms having recyclable material. How can we work with you?" - Michael O'Hara Garcia, President of the Florida Olive Council  REMichael, Let's talk!  What is a good phone # for you?  

Q: Like Michael, would you like to schedule a call on how our organizations could collaborate?  Email Us>>

repurposedPATRIOTISM.  We hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July.  Here is a little "repurposed" patriotism!!!

repurposedFAIL:  We had someone ask what happens to old, retired hot air balloons and specifically the balloon fabric.  This balloon fabric was a great candidate for "repurposing" in our minds.  So, we started our due diligence.  Some materials just don't work for "repurposing" this case foul odor.  Q: Got a byproduct you want us to do some due diligence on?  Contact Us>>

Due Diligence:  "Many times balloons have what is called hydrolysis, and smells terrible. The smell cannot effectively be removed without causing damage to the fabric." - Tim Hampton

"Most succumb to mold as the heat and dampness destroys the original inhibitors.  The odor given off smells like someone has been viol