First, the shoes.
I had a beloved pair of chelsea style boots on which the soles were showing their 10 years of service. These boots served me through thick & thin, on jobsites and in showrooms. They were easy and quick to put on and take off, required no intense maintenance, and they put up with all kinds of weather. All while being ridiculously comfortable. I absolutely loved them.
Went to order a replacement pair and was bummed to see the style had been discontinued. Searching alternate brands of similar styles yielded no successor, leading to even more bummage.
Then, I found a shoe restoration service in CA (www.NuShoe.com) that replaces soles, threading, laces, and rejuvenates leather. And they will work on ANY brand and style of shoe. I shipped my precious boots westward and waited patiently for about 6 weeks. I figured I had nothing to lose, since they were on their last legs anyway.
It was worth it! They came back with new hole-free soles and brand new tread, ready for more outings. The leather was restored and best of all – they fit just like they did when I shipped them off!
This service is GREAT. Not just great because it’s easy to use, but also because it is rejecting the throw-away shoe mindset that has prevailed in the footwear industry for decades. It takes the perfectly good parts and replaces the worn ones. That extends the life of the shoe years, literally. Which keeps it out of the landfill. And uses fewer raw materials. It’s earth friendly.
Now, the cabinets.
This is one of the primary reasons why we made Besh cabinets: to replace the fronts, not the boxes or the hardware. Like my boots, we keep that backbone in place & extend the life of the product. As long as the functional elements work fine, there’s no need to replace them. And because it’s a modular system, cabinet sizes are common across multiple installations.
That’s not to say it lasts forever. Nothing does. But if a component reaches the end of its life cycle, we’ll do our best to find another life for it, whether it’s
- raw material for other products, like metal recycling, or post consumer wood products
- refurbishable – like a fresh sanding and paint finish
- resizeable to another of our modular fronts
If we’re going to make things, we should make them responsibly. The first step is using only what we need to begin with. That’s the right way. For all life and this planet on which it depends.