28 Nov '11, 11pm

In France, "Resource Stores" Recycle, Repair, Upcycle and Resell "Waste"

In France, "Resource Stores" Recycle, Repair, Upcycle and Resell "Waste"

If you ever took high school French, you probably learned (and forgot) words like la patisserie and la boulangerie . But you likely never heard la ressourcerie - and it wasn't your teacher's fault. Joining France's countless pastry shops and bakeries is a new kind of shop, which collects unwanted goods, repairing them if necessary, selling or upcycling them if possible, and, if all else fails, properly recycling them. And their numbers are growing. Ressourceries, which could be translated as "resource shops," operate something like Goodwill or the Salvation Army, accepting donations of used goods and reselling them at discounted prices. But the ressourceries take it to the next level by just about anything that's brought through the door. The results are impressive; photos of a Paris ressourcerie look like an upcyling wonderland. Lamps with plastic bottle shades, tennis ba...

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