Re4m started from basically nothing - an old display unit, a jig saw and hack saw from kijiji, some plastic scrap pieces and a can of black spray paint. And now more than 5 years later, its a corporation with a branded van, a 2000 sqft workshop, dozens of machinery and tools, and a growing team!
Re4m (Pronounced Reform) was started in 2016 by founder and lead fabricator, Heather, while she was working as a graphic designer at a local retail boutique.
"I didn't actually plan on starting a business recycling "waste" into new products but while I was working for a retailer, I had an environmental revelation!"
Heather initially observed an issue with commercial waste when working for this local boutique. At the time, the retailer was tossing old displays into the dumpster. When Heather asked why the displays (which were in good condition, but outdated) were being sent to the bin, the company responded by saying "It was just easier this way". That's when Heather realized many businesses were doing the same thing and there could be an opportunity to reduce the amount of commercial waste headed to Ottawa's landfills. She brought those old displays home and created 8 unique light boxes, becoming the catalyst for what Re4m is today.
Founder / CEO - Design & Production Lead
Without Heather, there would be no Re4m. Heather is a graduate of Carleton University's Industrial Design program and an award winning local entrepreneur.
Woodworker & Production Assistant
Our woodworking extraordinaire! Kate is a graduate of the Selkirk Fine Furniture program and a bachelor of Fine Arts from Ottawa University.
Industrial Design and
Our problem solving intern! Kristina is skilled in finding solutions when it comes to repurposing materials. She is currently completing her Undergrad in Industrial Design
Re4m Design and Fabrication strives to make a difference in Ottawa's commercial waste sector by alleviating otherwise thrown out materials from local businesses. We work with museums, construction companies, manufacturers, retailers and other establishments to divert commonly thrown out items. We use off-cuts, retired exhibits and many other materials to create authentic and original fixtures, furnishings and displays. You could say we make our own little circular economy!
Businesses We Worked with
Sustainable Products Made
Materials Rescued From the Landfill
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Working together for a greener tomorrow
We primarily work with local businesses in industries such as food and hospitality, professional services, events and décor, retail, education and theatre arts. We are so lucky to have worked with these amazing companies serving Ottawa and Ontario;
More of our clients:
City of Pickering - website
College La Cité - www.collegelacite.ca
Colonnade Bridgeport - colonnadebridgeport.ca
Fabrications Ottawa - fabricationsottawa.com
GeoVald Digital Connections - geovald.com
Hair by Adamo & Co. - www.hairbyadamo.com
InCyt Resilience - incytresilience.ca
Jacobson's Gourmet - jacobsons.ca
Lockdown Escape Room - lockdownottawa.ca
NU Grocery - nugrocery.com
Primal Mobility - www.primalmobility.com
Ruckify - ruckify.com
Wiseman and Cromwell - wisemanandcromwell.com
Re4m Design and Fabrication's innovative recycling techniques, keen eye for design, and advocacy for the environment has earned Heather and the Re4m team recognition in several Canadian and Ottawa Based awards. When you work with Re4m, you can trust that you will recieve a sustainably made high quality product.