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Renowned Artist Andy Byers Collaborates With Repurpose

Isabellla Rossellini in Green Porno designed by Byers

Isabellla Rossellini in Green Porno designed by Byers

Repurpose is so excited to announce that renowned artist Andy Byers will be designing and unveiling a sculptural art piece made from materials including Repurpose plant-based products at the 2017 Natural Products Expo West trade show in Anaheim, March 9-11.

Byers is perhaps best known for his work with Isabella Rossellini on the short film series “Green Porno,” in which Rossellini enacts the mating rituals of various insects and other animals utilizing cardboard cut-outs and foam-rubber sculptures created by Byers. Byers has also done collaborative installations for brands such as Victoria's Secret, J Crew, American Express, Ann Taylor, Target, and Gap as well as artists Sean Lennon and Aimee Mann.

“Paper has always been an important material to work with because of its temporary nature,” said Byers. “I use paper by creating form and space with it. Once the art is completed and installation has served it purpose, the moment passes, never to be experienced again. Repurpose products tap into that intention of creation and use of what the earth provides us. I am proud to be creating something for people who carry such a passionate mission behind their brand.”

Byers will be creating an original piece inspired by the Repurpose mission to make products from plants. Featuring materials that make up Repurpose products and packaging, Byers will repurpose paper into a visual display of the products growing from his interpretation of larger than life plants. The display will be available for viewing at Repurpose’s Booth 5155 only during the run of the Expo West Convention.

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Repurpose at Target Los Angeles


Repurpose at Target Los Angeles

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Repurpose is proud to be a part of the Target LA 25 initiative. As part of Target's revamp of 25 Los Angeles stores they are showcasing a few, selected local brands like us. Repurpose is happy to be bringing our line of sustainable, compostable plates, cups, bowls, and cutlery-made entirely from plants-to even more people in the Los Angeles area. Thanks Target for helping us with our mission of Plants Not Oil! 

In Los Angeles? Find a store near you:

Aliso Viejo: 26932 La Paz Rd.

Anaheim Hills: 8148 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd.

Brea: 855 E Birch St.

Carson: 651 W. Sepulveda Blvd.

Culver City: 10820 Jefferson Blvd.

Culver City South (Westfield Culver City): 6000 Sepulveda Blvd.

Long Beach Bellflower: 2270 N Bellflower Rd.

Irvine: 3750 Barrana Pkwy.

Manhattan Beach: 1200 N Sepulveda Blvd.

North Hollywood: 11051 Victory Blvd.

Norwalk: 10600 Firestone Blvd.

Pasadena: 777 E Colorado Blvd.

Pasadena East: 3121 E Colorado Blvd.

Rancho Santa Margarita: 30602 Santa Margarita Pkwy.

Redondo Beach: 1601 Kingsdale Ave.

San Pedro: 1701 N Gaffey St.

Seal Beach: 12300 Seal Beach Blvd.

Torrance: 3433 Sepulveda Blvd.

Tustin: 2300 Park Ave.

Valencia: 24425 Magic Mountain Pkwy.

West Covina: 2831 E. Eastland Center Dr.

West Hollywood: 7100 Santa Monica Blvd.

Westminster: 16400 Beach Blvd.

Whittier: 15614 Whittwood Ln.

Woodland Hills: 20801 Ventura Blvd.

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If cutting back on the plastic wasn’t one of your New Year’s resolutions, you may want to add it to the list now. Here’s why it’s important—and how to do it in five easy ways.  Many disposable plastic containers—from water bottles to baby bottles—contain synthetic chemicals like styrene and BPA. Research has shown that these potentially harmful chemicals are leached from plastics into food and water, and upon consumption, can enter the bloodstream. When ingested in extremely high doses (just how much is still in debate), according to some scientists, this could lead to a slew of health concerns, including obesity, diabetes, problems with fertility and reproductive organs, susceptibility to various cancers, and cognitive deficits like ADHD.

In addition to harming your health, plastic can also hurt the environment. After you drink and toss that empty water bottle, it ends up in a landfill, along with an estimated eight million tons of other plastic.Different types degrade at different rates, but the average time for a plastic bottle to completely break down is at least 450 years. That’s a whole lot of time to be sitting on the ocean floor.

However, as important as it is to avoid plastic, sometimes there just isn’t a more sustainable alternative available. “And that’s OK,” says Corey Scholibo, co-founder of Repurpose Compostables, a popular line of sturdy, plant-based, BPA-free tableware. Scholibo admits that just the other day even he had to cave and use a plastic baggie to carry his store-bought barley. “I had no other option; I’m trying not to beat myself up about it,” he says, laughing.  

What matters, says Scholibo, is making little tweaks to your daily routine. These small changes add up and will have an enormous effect on your long-term health and carbon footprint. Here are Scholibo’s five foolproof tricks to jumpstart a plastic-free life.

Keep reusable shopping totes on you

Stash a few extra recycled totes in your car for impromptu trips to the grocery store. If you find yourself on a spur-of-the-moment market run without a bag on hand, carry it out to the car in the cart or in your hands, especially if it’s just a few items.

Ditch the plastic produce bags

Not every piece of produce needs its own plastic baggie. “Just throw that bell pepper straight into the shopping cart,” says Scholibo. “You’re going to wash it when you get home anyway.” And foods with outer peels (like avocados, lemons, bananas, and oranges) certainly don’t need them, he says.

Buy products in glass bottles

If you start paying attention to all the plastic products in your refrigerator, you’ll drive yourself crazy trying to replace them all. Scholibo suggests starting small: “First switch to buying recycled glass bottles or cartons of milk; do it for a few days, then switch out another item, like ketchup.” And so on—you can find everything from mayo to pickles to hot sauce in glass—so just keep that in mind as you restock items over time.

Look for “compostable” on the package

“‘Biodegradable’ doesn’t mean anything,” says Scholibo. Technically, everything is eventuallybiodegradable (including humans!), so it’s a misleading term. If you want to be sure you’re using items that will degrade in a safe, timely manner, look for ‘compostable’ on the package. According to ASTM guidelines, to be truly compostable, an item must completely break down—within 180 days or less—into organic ingredients that nourish the soil and plants around it. Biodegradable items do not have such regulations. “Repurposes’ items are 100 percent compostable within 90 days,” says Scholibo.

… And don’t stress about the actual compositing

There may not be an industrial compost facility available where you live. If you’re interested in composting at home, check out our guide here! But if composting isn’t a realistic option for you, Scholibo says you can rest assured you’re still reducing your carbon footprint by as much as 60 percent by choosing plant-based tableware like Repurpose Compostables over plastic (when you can’t use ceramic, that is).

For one-use plastic alternatives, head over to Thrive Market to shop Repurpose Compostables’ line of heavy-duty, plant-based, 100 percent compostable cupsutensilsbowls, and plates at over 30 percent off! It’s just another easy way to start living plastic-free. 

by Courtney Wissot for Thrive Market

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