A woman owned Humboldt County business looking for happy solutions to plastic waste by creating wearable art that starts conversations.
Plastic Uniquely Recycled is a company with a mission to ignite those important conversations—to bring attention to the issue of plastic waste in a way that focuses on solutions. Locally collected plastic is creatively re-molded into one-of-a-kind wearable art, offering plastic you can feel good about purchasing!
PUR is a small example of a larger idea and of course, that idea serves to benefit our environment and community unity. Buying and wearing our unique and hand-crafted wearable art not only helps you elevate plastic out of the waste stream. It is an active way to ignite conversations that will lead to solutions to plastic waste.
We are proud to be recognized as one of the Zero Waste Humboldt "Zero Heroes" 2020 and Nominated Green Business of the Year 2019 by the Arcata Chamber Of Commerce!
We strive to get people talking about the Zero Waste Lifestyle and hope that more waste streams can be reused and repurposed many times over to offer easy ways for consumers to maintain living zero waste.
We are so fortunate to have local businesses to support this goal by allowing us to collect their waste and turn it into a product that can be sold, used and loved, instead of just thrown away.
NOMINATED GREEN BUSINESS
OF THE YEAR
ARCATA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Our Collection Points
Orange is collected at Lima’s Pharmacy
Gold is collected at Satori Wellness
Purple and Blue are collected at North Coast Blood Bank.
Jenifer Sherman-Ruppe is a lifelong maker with a tenacious energy and a heart for community. She has been calling Humboldthome since 1994 and has a true passion for helping business and environment thrive. As a Humboldt State University graduate and former art teacher, education and creativity has been constant in her life. A major theme in her artwork is finding ways to reawaken the conversation of how to transform waste into valuable resource. From large mosaic murals to plastic wearable art, Jenifer’s creations challenge and inspire the ways we think about recycled material. When not tinkering with her wearable art making process or partnering with eco-friendly non-profits, you can find her enjoying nature, whether on a kayaking adventure with her husband KC or biking with her girlfriends Karan and Diane on beautiful coastal trails.
Jenifer collects everything from prescription bottles to Play-doh containers (anything that is #5 plastic) to create an array of colors for her beautiful wearable art. That plastic is carefully shredded in a machine shredder, designed by the non-profit Precious Plastics, which tears up the plastic into small plastic chips. Chips are then sorted by color. Then it is creatively re-molded and intentionally shaped into various designs, and hand-crafted into wearable art. PUR designs currently include buttons, key chains, necklaces, earrings, and more.