I started repurposeeverything.org mainly because I felt that communicating the idea of repurposing things to everyone, for everyone, was a good idea. I was once the Editor and Technical Director of a non-profit organization called, Borderland Sciences Research Foundation, and I learned much about building new things from anything that was lying about. Anyone who has faced the challenge of building something new and useful, but has limited funds, learns how to do the best with what one has on hand. And, often it’s proof that one doesn’t need the best tools to do the best work.
Repurposeeverything.org is actually the genesis of a whole group of people who feel that many of the things we think we need have already been created – or that things that have already been created can be repurposed into what we need – we just don’t need to buy most things new. We feel this action of repurposing is a small but functional solution for creating many of the changes we are seeking to secure our futures on this living planet.
People in alignment with the OccupyWallStreet movement still ask what can they do to effect the changes that are essential to our inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – or even to our ultimate survival. One action we propose is simple – repurpose, reuse, and just don’t buy into the vapid corporate offerings of disposable products. Sure, there are certain innovations within our present technology that have been interwoven into the way we network with one another socially that we can use to our direct benefit, and those things we will continue to use to our communicative advantage. But it is the offered products of novelty – and not much real purpose – designed to replace that with which we could repurpose from old, or recreate ourselves that we can shun in favor of simply repurposing or reusing still useful things already in existence.
This is something you can put into action….and we hope you do.
~Michael Theroux – Founder of REPURPOSE EVERYTHING