What is Reuse?

Reuse involves extending the life of a product by 1) using it more than once (same or new function), 2) repairing it so it can be used longer (replacing the need for a new item), 3) sharing or renting it, or 4) selling or donating it to an other party.

Please note that reuse and recycling are NOT the same thing! In contrast to reuse, recycling (or down-cycling) is the breaking down of the used item into raw materials which are used to make new items (e.g. reuse turns unwanted wood/lumber into flooring or furniture, and recycling turns the same wood into sawdust or mulch).

What are the benefits of choosing to Reuse?

By using a reuse centers or virtual exchange, you can:

support nonprofit organizations through in-kind support

What are the impacts of Reuse?

There are many ways of measuring the positive environmental, economic and social impact data reuse has on our communities.

These include, but are not limited, to: