Portland shop transforms broken skateboards into keepsakes

Lindsay Holmes recycles pieces that would otherwise conclusion up in a landfill, turning them into eye-catching keepsakes.

PORTLAND, Ore — For 15 yrs, a Portland woman has been transforming broken skateboards into keepsakes. She recycles items that would usually finish up in a landfill.

Skateboarding is a lot more than a interest for Lindsay Holmes, it’s carried her to a entire-time position.

“You can search at a parking suppress or an vacant pool and know that these matters can be so neat since you can go skate that,” explained Holmes “I assume skateboarding assists you seem at the earth in a different way.”

Exactly where other folks see an old skateboard, Holmes sees an chance to develop a little something new. That is how she began to minimize skateboards open up.

“As I started out to do that, the shades inside of of the skateboard begun to exhibit and just I acquired, definitely, truly fired up and bear in mind pondering ‘oh my gosh, there’s a thing magical occurring here,'” said Holmes.

She turned that magic into MapleXO, her Northeast Portland enterprise.

“We make recycled skateboard jewelry and equipment,” defined Holmes “it was variety of born out of my drive to retain skateboards dwelling endlessly.”

Skate outlets and skateboarders all around the state donate broken gear, which Holmes turns into merchandise promoting for $30 to $40.

“All of these are outdated skateboard wheels … these factors will just sit in the landfill permanently since they are created from polyurethane,” she explained. “We cut these up and flip them into little planters.” 

Mackenzie Moss was a MapleXO consumer and ordered one particular of the planters, but the mission at the keep kept her all-around.

“I’ve worked with MapleXO for 6 decades,” claimed Moss. “Recycling in any way attainable is the most liable detail we can do proper now.”

At MapleXO they attempt to recycle as a great deal of the skateboard as attainable — even the tiniest parts. Small bits of skateboard get added miles as bottle openers, keychains, planters and jewellery, preserving the Portland business rolling. 

“The thought of turning skateboards into new items that can very last eternally is just some thing I’d like to enable far more individuals to see — change trash into treasure,” said Holmes.

MapleXO has 72 energetic wholesale accounts all over the world. From coast to coastline in the United States as perfectly as abroad in Japan, Germany and Australia. If you are in Portland you can drop off previous skateboards at the shop at 2925 NE Glisan and they are going to gladly recycle them.

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