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Last Minute Halloween DIYs that Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose


October 31, 2013
Happy Halloween! We're so excited to celebrate with trick-or-treating, an afternoon party and lots (we mean LOTS) of tiny candy bars. If, like us, you tend to wait until the very last minute to make those holiday decorations, fear not! We've rounded up a handful of scarily smart Halloween-themed DIYs that aren't only spookily stylish but also reuse items you have around your house!

Recycled glass bottles are the basis of this bloodsucking decor. 

The kids will love this: upcycle TP rolls into fun monsters!
Need a quick costume? Make this Lego Man from 2 cardboard boxes! Awesome! 

This adorable haunted house is made from several repurposed shoeboxes.

Reuse toilet paper rolls as candy holder "poppers"

Show trick-or-treaters the way with tin can luminaries. 

Leftover wood becomes chic halloween decorations.

Who needs pumpkins when you have milk jugs and christmas lights? Love it! 

Inspiration Index: Doors


July 11, 2013
Ah, doors.

Not long ago, they were thought of as just a way to get in or out of a place, simply an entrance or an exit. And maybe a band. But with the advent of Pinterest, there are a plethora of projects to be made with repurposed doors. From headboards to bookcases, dining tables to desks, a door is the perfect jumping off point for creating something wonderful.

Below are a few of our favorite repurposing projects from around the web. And if you're thirsty for more door ideas, head over to our Pinterest page for a deluge of DIYs. Follow us for a steady stream of upcyling awesomeness.

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Start Us Up: WSJ Startup of the Year


June 17, 2013

It’s an exciting day here at PlanetReuse Marketplace. We’re thrilled to announce (drumroll please) that we have been selected to join the Wall Street Journal’s Startup of the Year project.

Hope to see you soon, Steve.
PlanetReuse Marketplace, along with 23 other promising startups, will participate in a 5-month program, completing branding and business strategy tasks, learning from mentors (Sir Richard BransonSteve Case and Beth Comstock are on the roster) and documenting our success. 

We are honored to be part of a program put on by the prestigious Wall Street Journal, and eager to get outside our comfort zones, develop our creativity and expand our thinking. Oh, and the whole thing is being taped.   

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We’ll have more to announce as the competition progresses, and we hope you’ll tune in to see us represent our company, the amazing Kansas City startup community and the future of reuse. 

Are you a reuse center interested in increasing your donations and sales?  Let’s talk. Learn more here.

 Startup of the Year Video

From Extra to Extraordinary: Thanksgiving Leftovers


November 26, 2012
Welcome back!  What a wonderful long weekend it was, filled to the brim with family, friends and so…much…food.  Now that the Tryptophan coma has worn off, are you wondering what to do with the leftovers, both of the decorative and delicious varieties?  We’ve rounded up some great tips on how to recycle, repurpose and reuse those Turkey Day extras (If what you have leftover is green bean casserole, just send it this way, I’ll make sure it goes to a good home).

If you have leftover Food:

    • 2 cups vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
    • 1⁄3 cup milk
    • 1⁄4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon

Slice cold baked pumpkin pie, cut into chunks (from 9-inch pie)
Whipped cream, if desired
Cinnamon sticks, if desired
In blender, place ice cream and milk. 

Cover and blend on high speed until smooth and creamy. 

Add pie chunks; cover and blend until smooth, stopping blender to scrape down sides if necessary. 

Pour into 2 glasses; top with sweetened whipped cream and pecans. 

Serve immediately. (For future shakes, individually wrap pie slices and store in freezer).

    •   2 cups self-rising flour
    •   2 cups sugar
    •   2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    •   1 egg
    •   2 cups leftover sweet potatoes, from  casserole
    •   3⁄4 cup canola oil

    •   1 cup confectioners’ sugar
    •   2 tbsp plus 1-1⁄2 tsp Milk    
    •   11⁄2 teaspoons butter, melted
    •   1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    •   1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar and cinnamon. 
In another bowl, whisk the egg, sweet potatoes and oil. 
Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
Fill greased muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm muffins. Yield: 2 dozen. Courtesy of Canton Rep News

If you have leftover Pie Tins:

If you have leftover cans:

ReuseConex 2012: Growing Reuse Communities


September 26, 2012
The 2012 ReuseConex Conference is coming up, October 18-20 in Portland, Oregon and here at PlanetReuse Marketplace, we’re pretty excited. Not only is Portland one of America’s most beautiful and vibrant cities, but the conference is sure to be an inspiring, informative event for those interested in reusing, repurposing and upcycling.

Our head honcho, Nathan Benjamin, will be presenting, as will a plethora of talented, passionate people (see the full lineup here). An upcycling workshop, the Rebel Craft Rumble and keynote speech by CEO Kyle Wiens are sure to make it an educational, fun few days in Oregon. Oh, and there’s door prizes!

For more information, and to join the Reuse Alliance as we discuss the triple bottom line approach to reuse, go to

PS: Did you know that Portland was almost named Boston? The city’s founders decided it over a flip of a coin. True story.

See you soon, Portland

Old Materials Reimagined in Omaha Designer Challenge


July 03, 2012
Westroads Mall and Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Omaha have teamed up on a Designer Challenge. Check out a sample of the design vignettes. For every vote by text by July 11, Westroads Mall is donating $1 to Habitat for Humanity. The winning design will be revealed on the Westroads Mall Facebook page on July 11, 2012.

PlanetReuse at Great Lakes Reuse Conference & Greenbuid


November 22, 2008
What a great week!

The Great Lakes Reuse Conference in Buffalo, NY featured many great speakers and discussions on deconstruction. The perfect size for these discussions, one-on-one dialogs with others on how to best address the ever-increasing vacant building stock in the Northeast and all over the country, was inspiring. There are so many great people and outstanding organizations, all with common goals. BuffaloReuse did an outstanding job of pulling the conference together- they even got us our first snow for the year! They have great leadership in Michael and his team – one that is helping in so many ways with deconstruction and in the community. BMRA as always was a great foundation for bringing so many leaders in this field together.

Greenbuild 2008 in Boston more than lived up to the hype that has echoed through the design and construction communities since last year’s conference! It was cold outside but the energy inside had things heated up. Common themes were heard throughout the week all related to the economy where it is, the new administration coming in DC, with the “green movement” growing at an exponential rate and an increasing need to educate our youth to continue to push for change. Rick Fedrizzi summarized things well in the opening address "Revolution is a powerful word," he said, and it can be measured in many ways, "but what counts the most is that we are changing people's minds about what matters." He said we have gone beyond the revolution of ideas and achieved a revolution of values. Congratulating Americans on the election outcome, keynote speaker Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, "you have helped to usher in a new are one of the craziest countries I know.... an incredible nation, incredible people... he's an incredible guy! I'm not jealous, no!"

We are in a unique time that we can all work together to help. Looking at building certification is a good start, but we also need to look beyond by thinking o
utside of the LEED scorecard and follow-up by verifying that buildings are performing as designed. It was great to meet with so many like-minded vendors and architects throughout the event; we look forward to helping you grow your business. Please let us know how we can help you on your next project, and we look forward to seeing you over the next year and at our booth in Phoenix at Greenbuild 2009!

Thank you to all of the new friends of PlanetReuse I met, and if I missed you this week, thanks for visiting our website and please let us know how we can help you out.

Thanks for joining the removement!


LEED MR and PlanetReuse


November 13, 2008

PlanetReuse works through our location services both online and offline for LEED MR 3.1, 3.2 and innovation credits on projects. Using our product request forms, users can tell us what they need and we locate materials through deconstruction professionals and partners in your home state.

Email Nathan Benjamin at to learn more about how PlanetReuse can help you achieve LEED certification in your design projects.

PlanetReuse is a proud member of the USGBC, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable building design and construction, developers of the LEED building rating system.

Introducing Pre-Fab Modular Housing!


March 26, 2008
We have added a new category for the sake of sustainable efforts and per users requests. Now under Outdoor Structures we have created the Modular Housing Category for homes especially, pre-fab structures to be sold and create a second life for the structures.

We are very excited about this in that now pre-fabricated home owners have a great resource to sell their housing, "kit of parts" after they are done with the home!

Look for this addition tomorrow the 26th!

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