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Relevant ReUse turns old skis into new jewelry

Relevant ReUse founder Heather Mullins.

Recyced firehose bench.

Relevant ReUse earrings.

Relevant ReUse is finding ways to make your old castaway skis, wood scrap and other things into handsome, interesting and functional furniture and is creating one-of-a-kind wallets out of recycled leather and bike tubes and skis into unique jewelry -- just in time for ski season. More importantly, though, the company is giving disadvantaged women a second chance.

"Relevant ReUse is a local, woman-owned, jewelry and furniture business, which supports our mission by contracting our employees to make handmade jewelry out of old, upcycled skis," explains Mile High WorkShop Director of Operations and Production Jeremy Katz.

Relevant ReUse owner and designer Heather Mullins partnered with organization to give women recovering from addiction, homelessness, or former incarceration a chance to start over crafting the jewelry and the company's other recycled goods. Mullins contracts and trains Mile High WorkShop employees to handcraft the earrings and prep them for sale and each sale helps support the job training and employment program at the Mile High WorkShop in Englewood.

Considering that ski and holiday seasons are about to get underway it's an ideal time to launch a unique line of jewelry. By design all of the jewelry is unique. "The beauty of this jewelry is that no two pieces are identical. The skis have been cut to ensure that every necklace or pair of earrings is completely unique," Mullins says.

Currently Relevant ReUse's products are available at a number of spots in Denver, including Re-For Your Home, I Heart Denver and Icelantic Skis.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Read more articles by Chris Meehan.

Chris is a Denver-based freelance writer, editor and communications specialist. He covers sustainability, social issues and other topics.
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