O processo de industrialização ganha a cada dia que passa mais força na província de Cabinda. Nos últimos cinco anos são evidentes os sinais de crescimento, como assinala o secretário do sector na província, Geraldo Ndubo Paulo. A proibição, pelo Governo, da exportação de madeira em toro foi acolhida com um entusiasmo no sector industrial em Cabinda, já que permitiu o surgimento de pequenas fábricas de transformação e também de produção de mobílias.
Na província de Cabinda, a industrialização ganha a cada dia que passa mais força, na esteira da diversificação da economia. O secretário do sector na província, Geraldo Ndubo Paulo, fala em sinais de crescimento, nos últimos cinco anos. Em 2012, Cabinda contava com 161 unidades industriais, entre carpintarias, serralharias, padarias fábricas de produtos de higiene, tanques de água, confecções, estufarias e bebidas. Em 2015, o número subiu para 223.
Os dados da Secretaria da Indústria de Cabinda, que revelam um crescimento exponencial da indústria em diversos domínios na província de Cabinda, uma empreitada inteiramente atribuída ao Executivo.
O secretário da Indústria e Geologia e Minas de Cabinda confirmou ao Jornal de Angola o ascendente industrial da província no primeiro semestre deste ano. “No primeiro semestre de 2017, as infra-estruturas industriais conheceram um crescimento notável, sobretudo na fileira da madeira, diz Ndubo Paulo, afirmando que estão licenciadas na província de Cabinda 61 unidades, entre carpintarias e serralharias, que chamam a si a transformação da madeira.
Contudo, apenas oito destas unidades asseguram, na plenitude, a serragem da madeira, suportando basicamente aquilo que são as orientações do Executivo sobre a proibição da exportação da madeira em toro e acrescentar mais valências para permitir a arrecadação e a entrada de mais cambiais no país, sobretudo nesta fase de sérios “apertos.”
O responsável da Indústria e Geologia e Minas de Cabinda confirma o crescimento das serrações nos próximos tempos, como garantia, para a indústria, sobretudo de mobiliário. Com uma floresta como a do Maiombe, onde abundam espécies de madeira, como numbi, takula, banzala, wamba, vuku, limba, kungulo, pau-rosa, tolas branca, chinfuta, lifuma, kali, kâmbala, ndola, livuite, paupreto e outras, matéria-prima é o que não falta para a indústria madeireira em Cabinda.
“O número de carpintarias não pára de crescer em Cabinda e passou de 61 em 2015 para cerca de 70 no primeiro semestre deste ano”, sublinha Ndubo Paulo, acrescentando que estas estão agrupadas em cooperativas e associações de produtores.
A fileira da madeira é, na verdade, uma das principais “bandeiras” da indústria em Cabinda. Pretende-se capitalizar, ao máximo, esse segmento, partindo da exploração, serragem, transformação e o aproveitamento dos refugos da madeira, num momento em que já há empresas a produzir carvão ecológico para o mercado nacional e externo.
A proibição, pelo Governo, da exportação de madeira em toro foi acolhida com um entusiasmo notável no sector industrial em Cabinda. “Essa medida do Executivo vem colmatar alguns prejuízos que os madeireiros vinham tendo, pois levavam a madeira em toro para os mercados dos países vizinhos, fundamentalmente para Ponta Negra, República do Congo, onde o produto acabava por ser subavaliado”, diz Ndubo Paulo. As empresas que exploram a madeira saem, assim, a ganhar ao exportá-la já transformada, acrescenta.
Quanto à eficácia da implementação desse diploma, o secretário da Indústria e Geologia e Minas de Cabinda é categórico: “não será fácil ludibriar as autoridades, pois a madeira tem que passar pelos postos fronteiriços e aduaneiros, o que exige meios de transporte potentes. Enfim, a situação está controlada”, adianta.
Algumas das unidades de transformação da madeira implantadas no mercado de Cabinda exibem, hoje, um “know-how” e experiência que as colocam em condições de competir em qualquer mercado nacional e externo.
“Existem já algumas unidades com experiência comprovada e “know-how” e que produzem mobiliário, sobretudo escolar, de alta qualidade, para aquilo que nós consideramos como “bens provenientes da madeira”, diz o secretário da Indústria e Geologia e Minas de Cabinda, destacando o programa de refrescamento dos operários da fileira da madeira, entretanto paralisado devido à crise económico-financeira.
A boa notícia é que três empresas de madeira de Cabinda foram contratadas pelo Ministério da Indústria para o fornecimento de mobiliário escolar a vários estabelecimentos de ensino na província e outras regiões do país.
Ndubo Paulo explica que cada uma dessas unidades prevê o fornecimento de 10 mil carteiras, o que pode minimizar substancialmente a carência que se regista nos diferentes estabelecimentos de ensino.
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The nearest airport to Modena is in Bologna, about a 40-minute drive.
WHERE TO STAY
Modena’s Central Park Hotel is an elegant, four-star hotel located in the city centre and very close to amenities and monuments. Rooms from about $210 a night.
MUSEUMS AND ATTRACTIONS
Ferrari Museum: Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit musei.ferrari.com.
Lamborghini Museum and factory tour: Open daily during the summer from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and until 6 p.m. the rest of the year, the museum and factory are located along the Via Modena on the outskirts of the city.
Bio Hombre Organic Farm and classic car collection: Guided tours of the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese dairy and Umberto Panini’s classic car and motorcycle collection are available in Italian and English, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Book ahead.
Autodromo di Modena: A two-lap Ferrari F430 Challenge test drive on this 2,000-metre circuit will set you back €450 ($670). Includes a congratulatory glass of prosecco and souvenir racing cap.
Modena Cento Ore: This fiveday classic-car rally, which takes place each June, attracts drivers from around the world.
For more information about the Emilia-Romagna region, including suggested Motor Valley itineraries, visit emiliaromagnaturismo.com.
The real question people are asking is this: Will we be disappointed to find ourselves still ourselves?
J.E. Hewitt is going to try – she’s discovered the house she grew up in is listed on Airbnb
My childhood home is up on Airbnb and my sister and I are going to go “live there” for a weekend.
I should have saved this news as a punch line, but there it is. We’re going home.
Our little house, still tucked among trees and within sight of a small gem of a pond, is now a country retreat. The owners, who bought the house from my parents in the 1980s, are able to live closer to their work at their busier times of year and have started offering the house to the overworked and overstressed for a few days of gentle down time. This is not about Airbnb, the unresolved debate on its pluses and minuses. It’s about how cool it is to have this opportunity! And how strange to see our old home pictured on the website. The photos spring off the screen, so familiar: the peaked roof, the painted trim, the old horse and carriage barn. What you can’t see: the creaking of frogs, the ringing song of birds and inevitably, the buzz of mosquitoes, the green smell of cut grass.
The dreams I’ve had about that house could fill a novel. Layers and years of memories, all the games we played, all the funny and sad and brilliant things. The time we “harvested” the roosters and they ran around with no heads. The time we had a seance and scared ourselves silly. The time snow storms stranded us for two weeks. The time we crept out on the roof to see the Northern Lights. All the times we skated and fished and rowed on the pond. Memories that last a lifetime.
So why do we need to go back? Most people we’ve told are sure we’ll be disappointed. It won’t be the same, they say. Okay, true. The house has changed. Gone are the markings of the 1970s, the patterned wallpaper, tufty carpets in odd shades and unfitted kitchen. The old cement and stone porch my dad built out back, under which every summer my brother’s pet woodchuck dug a den, has been replaced by a sun room. The new owners have restored the whole house to a former glory, with polished wood floors and fresh white paint, which, although lovely, won’t be familiar. And it seems certain ancient maple trees, trees we practically lived in, have finally fallen.
Will it be the same? No. But will it feel the same? The kitchen window still looks out on the pond and we’ll sit there with coffee mugs in the morning the way my mother would have done. Do we need anything more? It’ll be full of ghosts, they say. Yes, that’s also true. That house has to be populated by ghosts, even if only the ghosts of our former selves, still sliding down the tall bannister, hiding in the coat closet waiting to be found, whispering from our bunk beds. I entered the house as a newborn and left it bound for university; myself as a child, an adolescent, a young adult impatient to get on with things, all wait there to greet me. But also: My sisters and brother, our cousins, aunts and uncles, friends and neighbours, every person who ever walked through that door for a visit, a Christmas dinner, a bridal shower, everyone who sat in the living room balancing a flowered tea cup and saucer on their knees, will have left some nebulous mark. My father and mother, now gone, in my mind still sit on folding lawn chairs after weeding the garden. Even our dog lies under the cedar tree, the beloved dusty pads of his feet sticking up from a hole dug to cool off after a long hot day.
Will we feel them with us, these ghosts? Will we spot them, half-seen through the scrim of time? Or will they decline the invitation? They say you can’t go back. They’re right. The past is a brightly painted country where we once lived, so real and vivid in memory, from which we are forever barred. My son is coming with me and no doubt we’ll wear him out with our reminiscences, but I can never take him to see that lost country, a place where we spent whole days swimming, rode our bikes without helmets and our cars without seat belts, looked up things we wanted to know in books on the shelf, not on a computer or an iPhone. Just by stepping in the door, we’ll bring the present with us; mirrors will remind us of how many years have gone by and we’re told there is WiFi, although it seems some guests prefer to avoid learning the password in search of quieter, older pleasures.
The real question people are asking is this: Will we be disappointed to find ourselves still ourselves? Do we imagine we might be transformed, once more becoming those little girls? Will we long to jump off the rope swing or turn cartwheels in the grass? Will we revel in fond memories or miss those departed even more?
Will we wish we’d left the past alone?
Never mind, I still want to go. Future Airbnb review: We so enjoyed this quaint country home, which embraces the present while cherishing the memory of a former time. Don’t be surprised if you’re joined by benevolent ghosts. Oh, and although the antique setting will charm you, updated washrooms are a blessing.
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O regresso de Marrocos à União Africana marca a vontade de afirmação do país como potência continental. A cerca de seis meses das eleições gerais no país, partidos e candidatos já se movimentam em pré-campanha. Carlos Severino Ahmed el-Najar
EASILY the most-talked-about event yesterday was not the winning of Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines as Miss Universe 2015 but the way her victory was announced, along with the transfer of the crown from Ariadna Gutierrez to her after it rested on Miss Colombia’s head for two minutes. Miss U contests have their own share of bloopers but this one would stand out in its 53-year history.
That was how long it took for the epic error at the Las Vegas beauty pageant to be corrected and yet it could haunt host Steve Harvey the rest of his life.
Who is Steve Harvey? Broderick Stephen “Steve” Harvey, 58, is a comedian, TV host, radio personality and author. He hosts the Steve Harvey Morning Show and the popular “Family Feud.” Since yesterday, though, he has been known and will be remembered as that guy who botched the announcement of Miss Universe 2015 pageant.
He’s probably the most hated man in Colombia now and will be so for some time. He embarrassed Ariadna who was already walking and waving on the stage when her bliss was interrupted with the correction of the error and the removal and transfer of the $30,000 crown to Pia.
Filipinos must also blame Steve for spoiling the most glorious moment in Miss Wurtzbach’s life.
But the Colombians probably hate him more and he should watch his back: Colombian thugs might raise their own version of a “jihad” against him.
Poor Harvey. When he tweeted his apology after the show, he also misspelled Miss Philippines, writing “Miss Philippians” instead. Just like his blooper on stage, the tweet was a “terribly honest human mistake.”
Oh yes, about Pia. She’s the third Filipina to win the Miss U crown. She said during the show that if she’d win, she’d be taking the crown home after 42 years. Gloria Diaz first won it in 1969 then Margie Moran took the crown in 1973.
U.S. presence, Pia
PIA was asked what she thought of U.S. military presence in the Philippines. Her answer, in sum, was “no problem.”
She prefaced that with (1) U.S. and PH having good relations, (2) the U.S. having colonized the country, to this day “we have their culture in our traditions,” and (3) we’re very “welcoming with” the Americans.
Apparently, she didn’t know about the opposition to U.S. military presence that led to the removal of the American bases in 1992 and a divided public o pinion about current moves to adopt an “enhanced” arrangement to allow U.S. ships and troops to stay in the country.
Filipina pageant candidates aren’t briefed about such political questions as the one raised to Pia. They might start revising prep courses soon.
China is playing a significant role in reducing the world’s carbon footprint since it became the biggest importer of recycled materials, which are used extensively in the country’s infrastructure construction.
China is playing a significant role in reducing the world’s carbon footprint since it became the biggest importer of recycled materials, used extensively in the country’s rapid infrastructure construction. Also, improvements in China’s recycling industry regulations have helped to improve the standards of recycling globally.
“China’s growing economy has created great demand for scrap materials, and the use of scrap instead of primary materials reduces carbon emissions. Although China’s economic growth has slowed, it is still playing an important role,” says Alexandre Delacoux, director-general of the Brussels-headquartered Bureau of International Recycling.
With members from more than 70 countries, the bureau works to encourage best industrial practices in recycling so that the environmental impact of economic development is kept to a minimum.
According to 2008 research conducted by the bureau, the total estimated savings in carbon dioxide emissions obtained through recycling globally is approximately 500 million tons of carbon dioxide. Common recyclable materials include metals, paper and plastics.
As China grows, much of its construction work is done using a lot of scrap metals no longer needed in other countries. Such material comes at a cheaper cost than new material, and it helps to reduce global carbon emissions.
For example, using recycled paper can save about 75 percent of the energy needed to make new paper from virgin fiber. It can also reduce 35 percent of the water pollution and 74 percent of the air pollution caused in making new paper. Meanwhile, using ferrous scrap metals can save carbon dioxide emissions by 58 percent compared with primary ore, according to the bureau.
The recycling organization has more than 30 members from China, from cities such as Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Delacoux says one significant change his team has witnessed in recent years is the improvement in the quality of China’s recycling practices, a result of the joint efforts of the Chinese government and companies.
One key policy that has changed China’s recycling industry is China’s Green Fence policy. Started in February 2013, it was designed to prevent the imports of solid wastecontaminated shipments.
The Green Fence policy has set a limit of 1.5 percent of allowable contaminant in each bale in an effort to keep trash out of China. Previously, some Western companies would illegally send non-recyclable waste materials to China, hiding it by labeling it as recyclable materials.
Headed by Wang Jiwei, vicepresident and secretary-general of the China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association Recycling Metal Branch, the initiative conducts random inspections of all forms of “imported waste”, meaning metals, plastic, textiles, rubber and recovered paper materials.
“The policy marked the beginning of Chinese authorities making sure whatever recycling material enters China is of good quality. Those companies that weren’t offering the right quality of recycling materials had to adjust their processing method to achieve the right quality,” Delacoux says.
When the program first started, it hit the Chinese recycling industry very hard, but two years down the line, many firms have adjusted their practices and now the overall quality of materials has improved.
“Due to the Green Fence program, the imported recycling materials are of much better quality. I think the Chinese recycling industry’s catchingup phase has passed, and China’s recycling industry standards are in line with the rest of the world,” he says.
As recycling costs in developed countries continue to grow, increasingly the world’s recycling industry is shifting to China. The United Kingdom’s exports of waste paper increased from 400,000 tons in 1998 to around 4.7 million tons in 2007, and exports of waste plastics increased from less than 40,000 tons to more than 500,000 in the same period.
More than half of the waste paper and more than 80 percent of the plastic collected by the UK authorities, supermarkets and businesses for recycling are being sent to China, according to a report by WRAP, a private group based in the UK that works with government, companies and individuals on waste reduction.
Much of the waste sent to China is sorted in the UK first in accordance with export regulations. Under current international shipping laws, countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development can export waste to non-OECD countries only for recycling, not disposal. As mixed waste falls into the “disposal” category, it cannot be exported to countries outside the bloc, as opposed to scrap metals that can be recycled into manufacturing products in countries like China.
China’s large waste and recycling market has created great opportunities for Western businesses. Some Western recycling companies are also sharing their innovative importing processes with China, and one of them is the German waste management and recycling company Alba, which started exporting recycled materials to China 20 years ago, including scrap metals, paper and plastic.
It was the year E.T. wanted to phone home. Edmontonians were clubbing at Scandals and Flashback, Ottawa was in the midst of a constitutional crisis and the up-and-coming Oilers won the Smythe division for the first time.
Mike Leggett sent a Christmas card to his boss in 1982 and started a Christmas tradition that persists to this day.
As a joke, he bought a card and addressed it to Michael, from “Mom and Dad.” Then he crossed that out and re-addressed it to his boss, Rodger Noble, at the Kingston Bank of Montreal in Ontario.
It was funny because the year before, Noble’s wife thanked him for a card and joked that Noble didn’t want to spend the money to send him one in return.
“It’s not that I’m cheap. It’s just he was too cheap to send me a card,” Leggett said.
He thought it was a oneoff laugh. But the next year, Noble added a small note and sent the card back. They’ve carried on that way every since, taking turns to add a note each year chronicling the birth, deaths, graduations, and nearly a half a dozen moves around the country, including a move to Edmonton in March 2011.
The card is now packed solid with handwriting and Noble added a folded sheet of paper that has also been filled up.
Noble is no longer Leggett’s boss. He’s now a good friend and the card has become a lasting link between their families. “It’s kind of cool that its gone on this long,” Leggett said, a day after mailing the letter to Ontario again. “It’s neat when you look back on it.” firstname.lastname@example.org twitter.com/estolte edmontonjournal.com Do you have a unique Christmas tradition? Tell us about it below or email Elise at estolte@ edmontonjournal.com.
IT’S OPEN SEASON on bargains.
Merchants were poised to kick off Black Friday with an early morning bang amid long lines. But really, why wait when millions of dedicated shoppers were ready to carve up Thanksgiving deals?
Bargain hunters trotted to the stores before and after their turkey time Thursday — part of a growing trend among retailers to grab customer dollars ahead of Black Friday and keep Cyber Monday e-tailers from taking too big a bite from the holiday-dollar pie.
Kmart went in for extreme shopping with a decision to open for 42 hours straight, from 6 a.m. Thursday to midnight Friday.
“This is the only day I really have off, so thank God some of the stores are open,” said Marrian Cayenne, 51, of Brooklyn, at the Kmart on W. 34th St. She scooped up clothes, trinkets and toys — all at deep discounts.
“The shopping was fabulous,” said the Mount Sinai Hospital worker. “Prices were unbelievable.”
Hordes of shoppers, many of them tourists, poured into Macy’s flagship location in Midtown after the famed department store threw open its doors at 6 p.m.
“It’s very crazy, but I like it,” said Kristin Smith, an economist from Norway who bought so many clothes that she also needed a new suitcase to lug the gear home.
Experts said there’s no doubt the earlier openings on Thanksgiving are eating into Black Friday’s traditional sales. Those sales dropped 13.2%, to $9.74 billion, on Black Friday 2013 over the previous year — due to Thanksgiving sales, re-
tail analysts said.
Still, Black Friday remains the premier shopping day of the year, and there are plenty of long lines to prove it.
Perhaps using some of their big savings, bargain hunters who didn’t want to brave the cold temperatures and delays until doors opened relied on Task Rabbit to hire stand-ins. The online company was busy finding people willing to hold someone’s place in line for $22 an hour.
In New York City, no waiting was necessary at the Midtown Kmart, which opened its doors well ahead of Black Friday. The store was buzzing with customers doing early Christmas shopping or out for a holiday splurge.
Manager José Coca, 36, said the store has been open on Thanksgiving for the last three years.
“The store is busier every year on Thanksgiving,” he said. “We notice a big influx in traffic, everybody is looking for those really good deals — they expect to find those deals.”
The line heading into the Best Buy on Fifth Ave. stretched three blocks prior to its 5 p.m. opening. Cynthia Smith of the Bronx waited more than an hour to buy a 50-inch flatscreen TV for her daughter. “We work too hard for this!” Smith said, regretting the experience. “This is the one day you get to spend with your family.”
Myint Lwin, 50, of Elmhurst disagreed, and during a shopping break at Starbucks he showed his reason why — four bags filled with clothes and household items.
“I saved $50 just on this,” Lwin crowed as he pulled out a white cotton bedspread from JCPenney. He pointed to a toaster oven. “I saved another $40 on that.”
The Queens man, in fact, prefers not to shop on Black Friday. “It’s too busy,” he said. “It’s better to come here on Thanksgiving and then celebrate Thanksgiving on Black Friday.”
Strong Black Friday sales are an important indicator of the nation’s overall financial health. But there’s a twist — analysts say the day’s sales have also slumped when the economy is doing well. When pockets are flush with cash, consumers are less focused on rock-bottom deals.
Last year, more than a dozen retailers opened Thanksgiving night. This year about half of them, including Target, Macy’s, Staples and JCPenney, opted to do the same.
NUDE food is all the rage at North Mandurah Primary School.
Pupils have been embracing eating healthy, fresh and unpackaged lunches.
On Friday students enjoyed Nude Food Day, where their recess and lunch was not wrapped in foil, plastic or commercial packaging.
Teacher Robin Watson said students were learning about waste reduction, recycling and their connection to the health of the environment.
“The junior and middle primary classes have been holding a lunch audit every Friday this term to see if we can reduce the amount of rubbish that we are bringing to school in our lunch boxes,” she said.
“We have also started a worm farm as a positive step toward reusing our waste.
“Mrs Emery’s Year 5 class has been producing wonderful art works from plastic bags.
“Ms Longden’s Year 4 class has been investigating fast facts about rubbish we produce in our lunchboxes. Our Year 6 and 7 students designed a wrap free lunchbox for their T and E task this term.”
What do you dowith 15,000 feet of old fire hose?
Hammer it onto docks as boat bumpers. Weave it together for jungle gyms. Stretch it into horse fences. Cut it into pieces to sharpen straight razors.
Welcome to repurposing— finding new uses for items at the end of their lives.
Repurposing isn’t new. Artists have long fashioned sculptures and other works out of what most people would consider junk. But repurposing typically involves large volumes of materials like thick wooden beams from old factories, artificial turf from a football field or piles of street sweeper brushes.
The growing popularity of repurposing among farmers, builders and manufacturers has given rise to middleman businesses that specialize in selling such materials they buy or get for free orwere paid to haul away— businesses like Colorado’s Repurposed Materials.
“These big manufacturing companies, they have huge disposal problems, and it’s not cool anymore to throw stuff away,” owner Damon Carson said. The thinking of manufacturers today, he said, is, “I could throw this away or do a deal with Repurposed Materials and tell our shareholders
(and) customers that we’re closer to zero waste.”
Brenda Pulley, senior vice president of recycling for the national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful, said there is “a shift from thinking of it as waste to thinking about what value does that item have? How do we repurpose it, reuse it and get it back in the economy?”
Repurposing is new enough that it has not been studied. Seven states have chapters with the national Reuse Alliance, which is seeking funding to establish data on reuse. “Are use could be you donate a computer and someone gets to use it,” Pulley said.
A 2011 Minnesota study suggests that sparing junk from landfills can contribute a lot to its economy. The report estimated that its reuse sector, which includes items such as used cars, generates $4 billion in gross sales annually, 1.6 percent of the state’s gross domestic product.
The story of how Repurposed Materials obtained the fire hose illustrates how repurposing benefits all parties involved.
Carson bought 15,000 feet of fire hose from the city of Chicago for less than $1,000 in an online auction, he said. So far, he has sold about 7,000 feet at 50 cents a foot, reaping a tidy profit.
On the selling side, Chicago saved an estimated $350,000 on hauling and dumping fees, said Cathy Kwiatkowski, a spokeswoman for the Department of Procurement Services.
On top of that, the city made money selling the hose aswell as thousands of other unwanted items. Chicago has collected more than $11 million in more than 2,000 online auctions since 2011, Kwiatkowski said.
Carson said his customers come from a range of industries (cranberry farmers, copper miners, golf course owners) but have characteristics in common: innovativeness, resourcefulness and frugality.
Acase in point is Brandon Weiss, a home builder who bought a fewr olls of Harvard University soccer field turf to cover mud surrounding a house hewas staging to sell.
“We used the turf as a way to soften up the construction phase,” Weiss said. “Now, we’re using it as a walk way between raised garden beds.”
Then there’s Mike Brandonisio, owner of a razor-sharpening business. He bought 50 feet of used fire hose, though he doesn’t take credit for being innovative. He said repurposing fire hose to make into strops to sharpen straight razors dates to the 1800s.
The fire hose side, he explained, chisels off microscopic amounts of metal, and a leather flip side smooths it out.
One upside of repurposing is that it can be inexpensive.
On a recent weekday, a couple visited Repurposed Materials’ Chicagoarea location, where branch manager Jerry Kessler showed them Astro Turf obtained from a high school in the city.
Brian Zirkle and Michelle Anderson plan to open a sports training facility. They walked between rows of green turf, spotted with red, which had been in the school’s end zone.
“There’s really not a whole lot of options for (Astro Turf). The No. 1 way to dispose of it is a landfill.”
Chris Franks, Sports Contracting Group
“Howmuch is it?” Anderson asked. When Kessler told her $187, Anderson said she had been expecting it to cost a lot more: “Are we missing some zeros here?”
The couple didn’t buy the turf on the spot, but said theywould return after looking at pictures of the school’s old field
Chris Franks, president of Sports Contracting Group in Ohio, paid Repurposed Materials to remove the approximately 90,000 square feet of turf, he said. Franks installed newturf at the high school’s football field in mid-August.
Had he not found Repurposed Materials, Franks said, hewould have sent the entire field of polyethylene fibers and crumbled rubber infill to the landfill.
“There’s really not a whole lot of options for it,” Franks said. “The No. 1way to dispose of it is a landfill.”
Carson declined to provide sales or profit information other than to say it took two years for Repurposed Materials to break into the black. His Colorado business has seven employees, and he has one worker and a temporary employee in Illinois.
Carson once was the guywho put junk in landfills. But then he bought a business called Kiddie Rides USA, which restored old carousel seats and coin-operated horse rides.
An airbrush artist he worked with suggested that he buy old vinyl from advertising billboards to use as drop cloths. He did, and afterward discovered that he could resell them to artists and other business owners at a profit.
“Therewas no grand vision at that point,” Carson said.
Four years later, Repurposed Materials’ Kessler walked past piles of neatly folded vinyls at the Chicago-area location. People buy the sheets of vinyl at prices from $50 to $100, for reuse as pond liners, boat covers, slip-and-slides and for backyard movie screens, Kessler said.
The 10,000-square-foot location was formerly a lumberyard. The company hosts auctions every couple of months to help move out old inventory. But on a recent visit, rolls of Astro Turf, gymnasium floors, billboard vinyl, conveyor belts, galvanized steel cable and street sweeper brushes filled the space.
Farmers buy the brushes for reuse as cattle back scratchers.
“They take the big brush and put it on a big pole (or) hang it from a tree or fence or something,” Kessler said of the prickly red cylinders with steel cores. “And when your cows or horses have an itch, they go and rub up against it.”
Kessler said he also has large drums of “harvest berry” fragrance intended for shampoo.
“It makes the ware house smell really good while it’s here, but (I’m) not sure what we’re going to do with that,” Kessler said, laughing. “But that’s kind ofwhat the cool part of the job is. You never know who’s going to call, what’s going to show or what you’re ultimately going to do with it.”
One industry bolstered by repurposing is construction and remodeling. Repurposing items in homes can add to their value, some in the industry said, while donating items can give homeowners something to write off on their taxes.
Steve Filyo, founder of Pursuit of Consciousness, said he preserves items during demolition, and homeowners donate them to a nonprofit that repurposes them. Lumber is almost always repurposed.
“We’re trying to put together a network of artists and craftsmen whowould value that these things could become something else,” he said.
Gary Marks, a former Chicago antiques dealer, said he likes to incorporate repurposed items in the Chicago houses he renovates. Some examples: a chandelier made from operating room surgical lights and an iron fire safe door turned into a hallway closet door, adding value to the home.
“Everybody sells Chicagoans the same thing.… Somebody flips the switch, like itwas with granite-top counters and stainless steel appliances,” Marks said.“When you showthem something different, they go, ‘Wow that is cool.’ ”