REFOUNDRY: AN INNOVATIVE NEW PROGRAM
Refoundry trains formerly incarcerated people to refurbish and repurpose discarded materials into one-of-a-kind home furnishings. The program culminates with incubation and ongoing support to help participants develop their own successful businesses.
TWO PROBLEMS: ONE SOLUTION
Wasted Human Resources
While violent crime has gone down 30% over the last four decades, the prison population has risen over 700%. Today, more than 2.4 million people are in state and federal prisons. Of these, 700,000 are released each year, and face often insurmountable barriers to employment and healthful reintegration into society.
Wasted Environmental Resources
The U.S. has made great strides in recycling over the last decade, but our landfills remain choked by commercial and residential furniture, and by construction waste — all of which take a long time to break down. Many of these discarded resources still have valuable use.
A Solution: Refoundry
Refoundry recognizes the value in people and in materials too often discarded by society, and has designed a unique program that recognizes and promotes the worth of these precious resources. Refoundry products reflect their component parts and the people who are reworking them, each infusing the other with new use and value.