Who are you and what do you do for the company?
Graham Bergh, founder of Resource Revival. We turn discarded bicycle parts into function art objects, from key chains to clocks.
When did you start and what got you interested in making recycled goods?
I got a flat tire bicycling to my recycling job in the early 90s in Portland – Resource Revival combines those two passions: recycling and bicycling.
I started riding BMX when I was in High SchoolWhen I look at all the cheaper bmx’s I bought in the past just lying in the garage, I got an idea to turn them into something useful.
Why do you work with parts from bikes as opposed to other materials?
Bikes are our focus but we incorporate a variety of used materials in our designs, from auto parts like car brake pads to computer parts, and of course lots of recycled paper in our packaging.
What inspires you and how do you come up with new designs?
Sometimes the parts tell us what to do with them, other times we have an idea in mind and need to figure out how to get the parts to become that thing.
How did you come up with the name of your company? I made a long list of names and that one stuck. I like that it is both serious and fun.
Any advice for someone trying to open his or her own online business/shop?
Decide how long you want to do it before you start. I’ve been doing this for 18 years. I love it. Most people don’t realize how much of a commitment a business is. The good news is that, in my experience, if you work hard and stick with it you can be successful.
What is your best selling product at the moment?
All of our products are selling really well: clocks, frames, key chains, bottle openers, bracelets.
What is the best perk that comes with your job?
Ha! Answering emails at 10:18pm on a Friday night so I can go surfing on Monday.