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Since its inception, LinkUp has conducted technical and marketing assistance projects for selected Puget Sound-area businesses. These LinkUp Alumni Partners have not only participated in the marketplace for recycled materials and commodities, but have also worked closely with LinkUp to improve local recycling markets. Read about LinkUp Alumni Partners and their projects.


Alchemy Goods (external)Alchemy goods

Recycled Products: messenger bags, tote bags and accessories

Who would have thought that old seat belts could make a fashion statement? Alchemy Goods knew. This Seattle-based company has created a line of handbags that are stylish, innovative and good for the environment. The complete line of bags, which includes the Messenger, Haversack and Ad bags, are made with used bicycle inner tubes, car seat belts and vinyl ad banners. Each bag is one-of-a-kind, handmade and stamped with the percentage of recycled content by weight. All of their products are made from at least 70 percent recycled material. Alchemy Goods bags are available online and in stores throughout the Seattle region.

LinkUp Assistance:

  • Promotional support
  • Material sourcing

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American Plastics Manufacturing (external link)American plastic manufacturing, inc.

Recycled products: plastic retail bags

This Seattle, Wash., company uses recycled plastic from plastic milk jugs collected through curbside recycling programs in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia to make bags for area retailers.

LinkUp assistance:

  • Market research
  • Marketing
  • Communications
  • Media outreach: issued press release

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American Roof Recyclers (external link)American roofing recyclers - no longer in business

Materials processed: asphalt composition, cedar shake and composition/wood roofing

When in business, American Roofing Recyclers, located in Snohomish, Wash., processed and recycled about 600 tons of composition and wood shake roofing each month. About 95 percent of this material came from roofing and construction companies in King and Snohomish counties. The company recycled cedar shingle roofing into landscaping chips or sold it as hog fuel. The processed asphalt roofing was provided to a company that turned it into a variety of products, such as ground-cover for trails and walkways, base material for roads or top coat dressing for roofs.

LinkUp assistance:

  • Media outreach

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  • This company is no longer in business.

Bedrock Industries (external link)Bedrock industries

Recycled products: glass tiles, dinnerware, gift items, and garden items

This Seattle, Wash., company recycles more than 100,000 pounds of glass annually, transforming it into stunning tiles, luminous dinnerware, unusual gift items and garden products. The recycled glass they use comes from curbside collection programs, the company's own bottle drive and scrap glass salvaged from commercial enterprises, such as window manufacturers.

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Big Shrimpy (external)Big shrimpy

Recycled products: pet beds for cats and dogs

This company, based in Seattle, Wash., manufactures pet beds and other products for dogs and cats. The pet beds, made of fleece and nylon packcloth, are filled with recycled ripstop nylon. Big Shrimpy recycles the ripstop nylon, keeping these fabric scraps out of the landfill.

LinkUp assistance:

  • Logo and tagline refinement
  • Design of retail hang tags
  • Communications
  • Research
  • Media outreach: issued press release
  • Design product catalog

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Brandrud Furniture (external link)Brandrud Furniture - no longer in business

Recycled products: furniture for offices, health care facilities and educational establishments

This company, based in Auburn, Wash., has reduced the amount of hardwood used in the interior framing of its chairs and sofas by substituting wheatboard, a renewable agricultural byproduct made from wheat straw. The company also uses Dakota Burlά made from sunflower seed shells, in its shelving and tabletops.

LinkUp assistance:

  • Waste reduction audit and pollution prevention plan for manufacturing facility
  • Research
  • Photo shoot
  • Media campaign
  • Media outreach: issued press release

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  • This company is no longer in business.

 Cedar Grove Composting (external link)Cedar grove composting

Materials processed: yard, food and wood waste, and soiled paper

With facilities in Maple Valley and Everett, Wash., this company makes compost from yard waste, including grass and leaves, and food waste collected through curbside recycling programs. The compost is available in bags or bulk and can be used as a soil amendment or landscape mulch or for erosion control.

LinkUp assistance:

  • Media outreach
  • Develop marketing sheet
  • Direct mail campaign

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Creation Station (external)Creation station

Recycled products: science and craft kits made from 100 percent recycled materials. Also sells surplus and recycled materials for individual arts and crafts projects.

This innovative crafts store and art studio, located in Lynnwood, Wash., collects surplus and recycled materials, from plastics, paper and metals to wood, textiles and glass, and then resells them in its store. About 60 percent of its retail sales are made up of recycled materials.

LinkUp assistance:

  • Media outreach
  • Web site upgrade

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Custom Handweaving (external link)Custom handweaving

Recycled products: rag rugs and other functional woven items

This Seattle, Wash., business uses scrap textiles from clothing and furniture manufacturers and discarded fabric items from hotels and restaurants, businesses and individuals to create colorful, durable, handcrafted rag rugs. Owner/weaver Susan Snover spends a large part of her time searching for sources of quality discarded textiles.

LinkUp assistance:

  • Promotional campaign
  • Material sourcing
  • Media outreach: issued press release

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Orcaboard (external)Durable plastic design, LLC - no longer in business

Recycled product: Orcaboard™ plastic lumber

This company, based in Redmond, Wash., has developed Orcaboard™, a plastic lumber product made from recycled milk jugs. The product is durable, attractive and low maintenance. Durable Plastic Design estimates it will use 140,000 pounds of recycled plastic each month to make Orcaboard™ plastic lumber and other Orcaboard™ products, including raised garden beds, planter boxes, Adirondack chairs, dock and pool boxes, commercial-grade benches and picnic tables.

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  • This company is no longer in business.

Forest Concepts (external link)Forest concepts, LLC

Recycled product: WoodStraw™ erosion control material

Developed in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service, Forest Concepts, LLC exclusively manufactures award-winning WoodstrawΠerosion control mulch from scrap veneer for use as a water and wind erosion control in windy, sensitive and/or extreme conditions where valuable assets may be at risk. WoodStrawΠis 100 percent weed-free, chemical-free, resistant to high winds, durable and long lasting, doesn’t require staples and is used in place of ag straw and even rolled erosion blankets on slopes up to 70 percent grade. Since August 2006, more than 5,500 tons have been used for abandoned mine reclamation, post-wildfire rehab, road and trail projects, and even landscaping. WoodStrawΠis manufactured at the Auburn, Wash., facility and is available year ‘round.

WoodStrawΠerosion control mulch has been accepted by the Washington State Department of Ecology for BMP C-121 and is now available via WSDOT’s QPL 2009-047: Standard Spec: 9-14.4(4), Erosion Control – Mulch and Amendments – Wood Straw Mulch.

LinkUp assistance:

  • Identification of certification requirements
  • Sponsored focus group meeting
  • Market research
  • Media outreach: issued press release

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L & S Tire Company logoL & S tire company

Recycled products: tire chips for civil engineering applications; tire bales for road building

This company, with facilities in Lakewood and Spokane, Wash., collects about 1.5 million scrap tires annually from solid waste transfer stations, landfills, tire retailers and wrecking yards in Washington, Idaho and parts of Oregon. It is the state's largest scrap tire recycler.

LinkUp assistance:

  • Communications
  • Financial statements
  • Funding sources
  • Loan application letter of support
  • Media outreach: issued press release

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MetroPaint canMetroPaint

Recycled product: latex paint

MetroPaint is 100 percent recycled, Green Seal-certified latex paint manufactured by Metro, the regional government in the Portland area. Since 1992, Metro has recycled the latex paint collected in its hazardous waste program and other programs in Oregon in Washington. MetroPaint is available at a number of retail outlets, including two locations in Seattle, retail locations and other product information is available on their website.

LinkUp assistance:

  • Promotional Support
  • Market Evaluation
  • Media outreach

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Quarry Tile (external)Quarry tile company

Recycled product: ceramic tile

This Spokane, Wash., company makes Eco-Body, a ceramic tile made of approximately 21 percent recycled materials. Eco-Body combines recycled glaze waste and recycled grinding paste from the computer disk industry.

LinkUp assistance:

  • Marketing support
  • Communications
  • Media outreach: issued press release

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Rainier Wood RecyclersRainier wood recyclers

Recycled product: urban wood waste, land clearing debris, brush

Rainier Wood Recyclers processes nearly 200,000 tons of green wood waste each year, and about 70,000 tons of urban wood waste, such as pallets, crates, and construction and manufacturing scrap. The company operates two wood processing facilities in Washington, and has four mobile operations for work on customer job sites. Rainier Wood Recyclers makes products from the recycled wood, including wood furnish used to make kraft pulp, landscape mulch, interim road bed, horse and animal bedding and hog fuel.

LinkUp assistance:

  • Media outreach

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recovery 1, inc.

Materials processed: construction, demolition and land-clearing debris

Recovery 1, Inc. (external link)This Tacoma, Wash., construction, demolition and land-clearing debris recycling facility is one of the few in the country that can manage mixed debris shipments. In its facility at the Port of Tacoma, Recovery 1 processes, for recycling or beneficial use, more than 99 percent of incoming debris materials into marketable products, making its operation a more affordable alternative to trucking that same "waste" to the landfill.

LinkUp assistance:

  • Development of communications materials
  • Direct-mail marketing campaign
  • Market evaluation and material testing
  • Media outreach: issued press release

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Renton Concrete Recyclers LogoRenton concrete recyclers

Recycled product: crushed construction debris aggregate

This Renton, Wash., company crushes some 1,500 tons of construction debris each day, including concrete, ceramic, marble, brick, stone and asphalt. The recycled aggregate is sold for roadbed material and fill for sidewalks, driveways and paths.

LinkUp assistance:

  • Conducted a workshop on "Building Roads with Recycled Materials"
  • Media outreach: issued press release

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Schuyler Rubber Company (external link)Schuyler rubber company

Recycled products: custom marine fenders, front-loader cutting edge blades, wheel chocks and ballast rings

This Woodinville, Wash., company is the country's largest laminated rubber manufacturer, producing primarily custom marine fenders for docks, tugs, barges and workboats. Its newest product is a recycled rubber cutting edge blade for front-loaders with a unique adjustable slide channel that makes it easy to match, tighten and secure bolts to the bucket. Schuyler recycles up to 500 truck tires per day, reusing 100 percent of the steel-belted tires and about 90 percent of the bias-ply tires.

LinkUp assistance:

  • Potential customer identification
  • Print ad
  • Product testing
  • Media outreach: issued press releases

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tiger mountain innovations (external link)Tiger mountain innovations, inc.

Recycled products: Squak Mountain Stone and Trinity Glass Products – countertops, tabletops and kitchen islands

This Seattle, Wash., company developed a composite stone slab that uses 35 to 50 percent recycled material, primarily mixed waste paper fiber, low-carbon cement and recycled glass. Squak Mountain Stone is an attractive material that is durable yet lightweight and comes in five rich hues that will complement any residential or commercial d꤯r. Slabs are available in 56-inch by 96-inch sizes and require professional fabrication. Trinity Glass Products, which resembles granite but is made of low-carbon cement and recycled glass, is a new line of countertop and is also available in 56-inch by 96-inch slabs. Trinity is available in six colors.

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TriVitro Corporation (external)TriVitro corporation

Recycled products: glass aggregates, tumbled glass, glass abrasive blasting media and glass water filtration media

This Kent, Wash., company manufactures a variety of crushed glass products from post-consumer recycled glass. VitroHue®, TriVitro's glass aggregates and tumbled glass are used in terrazzo flooring, tiles, countertops, panels and crafts. An alternative to silica sand, VitroGrit® is used for abrasive cleaning, surface preparation and blasting. VitroClean® is finely crushed glass used for pool, industrial and environmental filtration, and is also a direct replacement for silica sand.

LinkUp assistance:

  • Development of case studies
  • Demonstration event
  • Photo documentation
  • Media campaign
  • Media outreach: issued press releases

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Urban Hardwoods (external)Urban hardwoods

Recycled products: furniture and specialty woods

This Seattle, Wash., company is owned and operated by master furniture craftsman Jim Newsom. As a specialty wood-milling business, Urban Hardwoods makes furniture and provides wood to other furniture makers, hobbyists, and cabinetmakers. To do so, Newsom collects and mills urban hardwood trees, such as maple, chestnut, oak and beech that are cut down by Puget Sound-area tree service companies, utility crews and building contractors. He removes these felled trees at no cost to the tree service or utility company and recycles the wood into quality products with high resale value.

LinkUp assistance:

  • Marketing
  • Communications
  • Business planning
  • Media outreach: issued press releases

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Y.K. Products (external link)Y.K. products, LLC

Recycled product: U.S. Cold Patch (asphalt patch)

This Everett, Wash., company produces U.S. Cold Patch, a dry, odorless compound that uses up to 70 percent recycled asphalt for patching potholes and making other concrete repairs. U.S. Cold Patch hardens through compaction, not evaporation, thereby eliminating the release of petroleum-based solvents, which are used in most other cold-patch asphalt materials. The product has been used by more than 60 area municipalities and public works facilities, and is available across the country in home improvement centers.

LinkUp assistance:

  • Marketing assistance
  • Business and strategic planning
  • Financing and grant assistance
  • Development of local government purchasing connections
  • Media outreach: issued press release

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