How about for your next event an “edu-fun” keynote presentation on “repurposing”? If your attendees are tired of motivational speakers, book authors, comedians, etc., in the keynote slot, then this might be the ticket!

So, what makes this presentation fun? Damon Carson typically starts with a magic show…yes, a little “Hocus-Pocus”…to introduce the topic. He’ll explain what society can learn from preschoolers and an empty Quaker Oats canister and a discarded Maytag refrigerator shipping box. And if time allows, he will bring people up out of the audience to participate in a live round of the crowd favorite game show “How Can It Be ‘repurposed’?”

As founder and President of repurposedMATERIALS, Damon Carson brings a unique, fresh take on the perennially hot topics of sustainability and Zero Waste. The “repurposing” concept will stimulate the creative juices amongst attendees about how to find a 2nd Life for waste. (see cRaZy examples of “repurposing” below.) Oh, and with a “repurposing” presentation, you would be offering your audience something light, but still educational, to offset all the technical sessions…ie: the debits/credits lectures, the parts per million discussions, etc…LOL.

He has keynoted multiple conferences around the country…in New Jersey, Georgia, Kansas, Iowa, Texas.


“Bringing Damon to our event was a great investment of our educational budget. Attendees loved his presentation. His fun, repurposing “game show” in his presentation was a big hit! Repurposing really is a new frontier in the push towards Zero Waste!”

“Damon Carson’s vision that he presented at our state recycle conference in Ohio to support sustainable materials management is very forward-looking. I believe that creative reuse will become an increasingly important pathway to a sustainable economy, and I applaud Damon and his team at repurposedMATERIALS for their leadership in demonstrating the possibilities in this regard.”

“Damon Carson, founder & president of repurposedMATERIALS headlined our ISES Denver January event in what became a surprisingly thought-provoking and creativity-stimulating experience.”

“Damon’s presentation I attended in Memphis, TN on ‘repurposing’ was quite entertaining. He even selected me to be a part of his presentation as a participant in his onstage game show. The presentation definitely broadened my thinking on sustainability.”

“I attended Mr. Carson’s presentation on ‘repurposing’ at the Investment Recovery Association conference. The presentation was excellent. The presenter was engaging and the subject matter was captivating. It has stirred me to investigate this intriguing subject in more depth. One of the most engaging presentations I have attended in a long time.”

“Damon’s repurpose presentation provided Industrial Pretreatment Coordinators Association members with another tool to provide to industries that can help keep their waste stream out of landfills and help the overall environment. Damon’s presentation style is very upbeat and interactive and was a great way to close out our conference, in a survey taken of our conference speakers, Damon’s repurpose presentation received very high marks and only positive feedback.”

“Damon, My 7th Graders loved your presentation on “repurposing”. The whole concept seemed to really resonate with them. And your insights into what is takes to be a social entrepreneur were quite helpful, too.”

“Comments solicited during the day from the over 235 attendees indicate his program was well received. He made an excellent and informative presentation on his company’s work in making new use of used materials. Damon’s enthusiasm and knowledge created a good presentation and infused energy into the room.”

“I believe ‘repurposing’ is for sure a new frontier in sustainability efforts. Thanks for your keynote presentation at our state conference! Your message really resonated with our industry folks.”

“I really appreciate your presentation! Very interesting, what a cool market you are creating. I wish you all the best of luck in advancing the idea that there are many more options for waste stream items other than the landfill!”

Recent Speaking Engagements

  1. Material Handling Institute
  2. Alliance of Hazardous Waste Professionals
  3. National Institute of Governmental Purchasing
  4. Arkansas Environmental Federation

So, what is “repurposing”? It is taking a retired street sweeper brush and giving it a 2nd life as a backscratcher for horses or cattle. It is taking a decommissioned fire hose and giving it an extended life as a boat dock fender. It is taking an obsolete ski lift cable and giving it a second life as hand railing in a luxury condo building.

Our company – – has helped a number of organizations through “repurposing”: US Army, Denver Broncos, City of Chicago, Nestles, BNSF Railroad, Oklahoma State University, Purina, US National Forest Service, Campbell’s Soup, State of Wyoming, Paramount Pictures, and many, many more!

Sustainability & Creativity

These are perennially hot topics in almost every industry. The “repurposing” concept will stimulate both the creative juices and the sustainable thinking amongst attendees. And, with a “repurposing” presentation, you would be offering your audience something light, but still educational, to offset all the technical sessions…ie: the debits/credits lectures, the parts per million discussions, etc.