The ReStore (dot #4001) keeps tons of material out of the landfill, and that alone would merit applause. But the store goes one step further and helps people think creatively about new uses for broken products.

Throughout the store, there are pictures to stimulate people to think of how they may repurpose something in a new way. For example, a broken chair can become a plant shelf. A broken rake can hold fruits for birds. Old buckets can be creatively hung as planters. I’m sure that Pinterest or other sites have many ideas for upscaling or repurposing but the Restore makes it easy for customers to visualize items’ potential in the moment.

It’s best not to rely on others to connect the dots. Take that extra step to explicitly make the connection and facilitate the next steps.

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