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All Habitat Wake ReStores will be CLOSED on Tuesday, July 19th for an all-staff build day. We’re excited to spend this time together as a team, physically enacting our mission to build affordable housing in Wake County. We will see you back in the stores on Wednesday!
Larry Diener is a Senior Project Manager and Operational Excellence Specialist at Seqirus in Holly Springs and also an upcycle guru. We had the pleasure of meeting him at a local Earth Day event and he showed us some of his past projects.
Larry’s role at Seqirus in Holly Springs includes finding ways to implement efficiencies into the business processes. People present him with issues and ask him to help find solutions, often in a resource-strapped environment. So, he makes do with what he has at hand. Turns out, he can make quite a lot with whatever is at hand! He lives by the idea that we as humans should leave things better than we found them, and we at the ReStore couldn’t agree more.
The sustainability committee at Seqirus in Holly Springs learned of Larry’s participation in community gardening and asked him for ideas about creating a garden on the campus to promote environmental stewardship. The nature of the work they do (manufacturing a seasonal flu vaccine) demands adhering to strict environmental guidelines about what can be brought on site, so using organic materials is a must. But because they have to be careful to discourage pests of any kind, they’re not able to plant in the ground near buildings. Larry had the idea to improvise with leftover blue salt barrels they had on site. All of the original materials in these recycled containers come in a sealed plastic liner, so the barrels are safe for re-use. He cut them in half, drilled holes for drainage, and filled them with an organic potting mix. Another team member brought in some leftover irrigation tubing and a timer and everyone brought in a few plants — a garden was born.
Larry also uses the containers in his home and community gardens. See below for some of his photos and draw some inspiration for your own summer projects.
Do you have great upcycle projects of your own? Email us with photos at email@example.com.