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Repurposed: A new life on the farm

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    Damon Carson has created a new business for castoff items: repurposedMATERIALS is a place where surplus goods from corporate America can find a new use on the farms and ranches of America.

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    This sign greets visitors to the repurposedMATERIALS warehouse in Denver. Check out some of the materials the company offers and their uses.

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    Chains

    Repurposed Materials offers chain remnants for sale. Although short in length, farmers and ranchers can find dozens of uses for them.

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    Conveyor belt

    Chunks of conveyor belt can be used in a number of applications: Weed control in a new windbreak, for example.

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    Dozer tracks

    One rancher bought dozens of dozer tracks, cut them in half and used them as non-slip surfaces for livestock.

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    Getting info

    In the repurposedMATERIALS warehouse in Denver, potential customers can see each product, with a description of what it was before it is repurposed.

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    Bowling alley flooring

    The demise of the bowling industry is repurposedMATERIALS' gain. Farmers can use these wide and long chunks of maple for shop benches, or unique tables.

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    Parachutes

    Dozens and dozens of massive parachutes -- the kind the military uses to drop large equipment -- line the floor of the repurposedMATERIALS warehouse. These are used as shade for everything from daycare centers, to Far

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    Pool covers

    Old pool covers make great shades, says Damon Carson of repurposedMATERIAL.

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    Ropes

    Rope from the ski industry can be repurposed as lead ropes for livestock, Carson says.

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    Ski poles

    Ski poles are made from high-impact plastic that cannot be recycled. They can be repurposed as electric fence posts, sorting sticks and other things, says Damon Carson of repurposedMATERIALS.

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    Steel cable

    Steel rope no longer suited for the ski industry can be repurposed in a number of ways. A dredging company in Minnesota is one place where this cast-off material found a new life.

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    Sweeper brushes

    One of the first repurposed materials that found a new life on the farm: Street sweeper brushes make ideal livestock scratchers at a fraction of the price.

Company takes cast-off commercial materials and puts them to work in agriculture.

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