As a granite countertop consultant, Julie would regularly walk past the shop dumpster and notice all of the incredibly beautiful granite and marble that was being thrown away. Unfortunately, up to 30% of granite slabs are disposed of because they are not large enough to create a countertop. So she started to dumpster dive and pick out various granite scraps to create mosaic projects. Bound-and-determined, she knew there was a better way to make use of those millions of pounds of granite scraps that are thrown away everyday by granite fabricators.
In 2009, www.RecycledGranite.com was born! After years of research, she established methods, machinery and markets to recycle scrap granite. Her drive, determination and diligence have taken her across the globe to create an entire industry. She created a global network to promote granite recycling. Her business model is licensed to individuals who want to make a difference and make money at the same time.
Her innovations have been recognized in the U.S. Congressional Record and she also sits on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Recycling Coalition and the Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance. She has won many awards and is honored as a Fellow in the prestigious Society of Innovators.
To date, Julie and her network have saved an estimated 20,000,000 pounds of granite remnants from being dumped into landfills. Their proprietary manufacturing processes create green jobs, create cool products and stimulate local economies.
Recycled granite materials have been featured on DIY & HGTV shows, such as Bath Crashers, Run My Renovation, I Want That and many more. The jaw-dropping beauty of the 100,000,000 year old stone is stunning. Architects, designers, builders and do-it-yourselfers are creating residential and commercial projects everywhere.
Julie has also established the Green Abilities program. Individuals with disabilities (mental and physical) go through a Recycled Granite Artisan apprentice certification. The program brings out their inner abilities and teaches them how to specifically work with recycled granite waste. All of their skills have been verified and documented by Department of Labor time tests. To date, she has certified over 75 individuals and has made ground-breaking discoveries. Her goal is to duplicate the pilot program throughout the country and put people to work to generate millions of dollars in revenue.
We have a choice …continue to throw away valuable stone or turn it into sellable products. Julie’s mission is to create jobs, reduce waste and make the world a better place. There are thousands of green jobs that she is creating…all with garbage. Her discoveries are changing the world and the lives of individuals everywhere.