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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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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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5 ways to get the most from your material post

| Exchange News | November 20, 2013

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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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Mission Zero: The Power of an Outrageously Ambitious Vision

| Events | March 23, 2013


May 2nd-An evening with George Bandy who will share Interface’s journey “to be the first company that, by its deeds, shows the entire industrial world what sustainability is in all its dimensions: people, process, product, place and profits.

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Used Conveyor Belting

| What Can I Do With... | November 1, 2012


Tough, durable, used conveyor belting provides a wealth of re-use options from farm animal mats to truck bed liners and snow plow guards.

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Advertising Billboard Vinyls

| What Can I Do With... | October 26, 2012


Long after an ad campaign dies, see how billboard advertising vinyls are repurposed into great tarps, covers, and liners.

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Ramping up the Materials Innovation Exchange

| Exchange News | August 21, 2012

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Though we are still Beta, NBIS has been showcasing the Materials Innovation Exchange around town.

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The RE Store Creates Affordable, Quality Furniture from Reclaimed Materials (and you can too!)

| Articles, Materials & Applications, What Can I Do With... | August 10, 2012


Doors, cabinet doors, reclaimed wood, used hardware and other materials are being upcycled into chests, tables, armoires, cabinets and other household and garden items.

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