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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.
The Wake ReStore team has been hard at work collecting donations of electronics and refurbishing them for resale. We are excited to announce that we will now have a regular eStore in the Raleigh ReStore location.
The eStore will open on a Saturday once a quarter (future sale dates to be announced) and merchandise includes computers, flat screen TVs, printers, monitors and other electronics gear. Come see us this Saturday, June 4th, for our very first sale at 2420 N Raleigh Blvd, Raleigh.
Have electronics to donate? See our full list of needed items here. All proceeds go to fund our mission to help build affordable homes in Wake County.
See you there!
The warm weather is here, and it’s the perfect time of year to find new ways to reuse and re-purpose materials! DIY projects don’t have to be expensive or intimidating, and shopping at the ReStore makes it even easier.
The internet is full of different re-purposing ideas, so finding your next project can be tricky. One idea we love is finding new ways to re-purpose kitchen cabinets. Cabinets from the ReStore are an affordable way to make serving trays, chalkboards and so much more.
Why shop cabinets at the ReStore?
Check out our roundup of 8 ways to upcycle kitchen cabinets:
#1. Create a chalkboard and keep track of appointments, daily menus, and fun messages. (LollyJane)
#2. Make trendy serving trays to use indoors or outdoors. (PumpkinPieCrafts)
#3. Use them to display art created by your own little Picassos. (iheartorganizing)
#4. Make your kids a play kitchen with real cabinets. (PurpleSageOriginals)
#5. Save money on furniture and turn cabinets into a cool and unique headboard. (JenThousandWords)
#6. Turn them into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind corner planter . (MyRepurposedLife)
#7. With the help of some unique drawer pulls and door knobs, turn cabinets into hooks for your bathroom or mud room. (Brainstorm)
#8. Turn cabinet doors into children’s desks. (MyRepurposedLife)