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| Articles, Events | March 25, 2015

By-Product Synergy NW – Keeping Valuable Materials Local! NBIS’ Waste-to-Profit events create opportunities for local businesses and communities to keep valuable resources out of the landfill and put them to use in our local economies! At upcoming events in Grays Harbor and in Tacoma, participants will hear from a panel of local companies who are saving money through waste exchanges

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Meet Efikio – Upcycling with a difference

| Articles, Uncategorized | October 21, 2014


Efikio has a unique model for upcycling waste materials by connecting companies with designers and then offering beautiful upcycled products to consumers.

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Mary Rose to speak at ReuseConex, October 23, Austin, TX

| Events | October 3, 2014


Co-Executive Director Mary Rose has been invited to speak at ReuseConex, an international conference and expo focused on materials reuse and sustainability.

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Recycled Carbon Fiber to Canoe Paddles

| Articles, Case Studies, Uncategorized | June 22, 2014

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SULTAN, WA — Werner Paddles of Sultan, Washington is among the first users of a recycled carbon fiber compound made from scrap fiber from the Boeing Company. RTP Co. of Winona MN has introduced recycled aircraft-grade carbon fiber into compounds that deliver high performance at lower levels than conventional carbon fiber. In a special compound,

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New Challenges Reshaping Corporate Social Responsibility

| Articles | April 29, 2014

New Challenges reshaping corporate social responsibility

Contemporary environmental and social crises demand a new approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR)—one based on sustainable capitalism, innovation, and scaled-up impacts.

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Burlap Bags – Planters for potatoes!

| Articles, What Can I Do With... | April 3, 2014

Burlap Bags

Burlap Sack Vegetables Planting in burlap sacks from coffee roasters and shops is ideal if space is an issue or if the soil quality is not great. We planted potatoes in burlap this year. Start with the edges rolled down to create a shorter bag. Fill the burlap sack with about five inches of loose soil.

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Karl Ostrom to moderate Solutions Lab at Go Green 14

| Events | March 6, 2014

Karl ostrom, Co-Executive Director

Karl Ostrom, Ph.D. Co-director of the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability will be moderating a Solutions Lab at Go Green 14. Getting Beyond Sustainable Business as Usual: Creating Strategies for Scaling up the Impact of Sustainable Business Practices The growth of sustainable business leadership, innovation, management and CSR reporting has been remarkable in the

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5 ways to get the most from your material post

| Exchange News | November 20, 2013

materials innovation exchange

Posting on the Materials Innovation Exchange is really easy but take a couple of minutes more to really elevate the quality of your post. Below are 5 key aspects worth getting right.

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Minneapolis Metrodome Roof Recycled into Duluth Pack Duffels

| Articles, What Can I Do With... | August 19, 2013

Duluth Pack

Someone let the cat out of the Duluth Pack bag a week early. Social media went abuzz late this week when word got out that the Duluth outdoor gear maker was about to introduce a duffel and shell bag made out of material once used in the roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. “It’s

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From Fitness to Fashion-Old Treadmill Belts Get an Extreme Makeover

| Materials & Applications | March 26, 2013

Upcycle Goods prototype using Precor's discarded treadmill belts.

Precor, a Premium Fitness Equipment company based in Woodinville, recently found a match with Upcycle Goods to turn discarded treadmill belts into luxury recycled laptop bags

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