Brooklyn Slate Featured in O Magazine!August 17th, 2011 | Posted by in Design | Green Products | Living Green | Waste Reduction
Upcyling is the process of taking a discarded or waste product and turning it into something of greater value. It’s an even more environmentally-responsible method of manufacturing that goes one step beyond recycling.
Brooklyn Slate was founded in 2009 by local entrepreneurs Sean Tice and Kristy Hadeka. According to Bklyn Slate’s website, the two visited Kristy’s family slate quarry in upstate New York and brought back a few all-purpose boards for home use. They wound up finding a number of uses for these pieces of slate, which would otherwise have been discarded as a waste product or ground up for gravel: as trivets for tea kettles, and as drink coasters.
The duo decided to produce a line of slate products, sourcing from the family quarry, hand-picking the choicest pieces of discarded black and red slate. They hand-finish the pieces of slate and treat them for food safety.