THIS MONTH’S ACTION ITEMS:(1) Register for ReuseConex 2014, 10/23-25/14, Austin, TX (2) Sign the National #ReuseDay Petition; (3) Check out our "Members Spotlight"; (4) Become a Master Reuser; and (5) Be sure to join Reuse Alliance!
- Reuse Alliance’s Discussion Forum (conversations about advocacy, public policy, surplus materials, best practices, etc)
- Waste Nothing’s Discussion Forum (tips on “second uses” of all sorts of household materials)
- ReuseConex 2014, 3rd International Reuse Conference & Expo – October 23-25, 2014, Austin, TX
- ReuseConex 2010, 1st International Reuse Conference & Expo – Raleigh, NC
- ReuseConex 2012, 2nd International Reuse Conference & Expo – Portland, OR
- National Reuse Summit: Reuse Alliance sponsored a day-long Reuse Track & National Ruse Summit on October 20, 2009 as part of GRRN’s National Zero Waste Conference. Please click here to view all of the reuse panel presentations during the reuse track, or click here for the reuse summit proceedings.
- Get savvy – check out Reuse Alliance’s Top Ten Reuse Tips
- Need a Reuse-Friendly Gift? Check out our Gifting Guide.
- Get creative – locate a Creative Reuse Center near you with Reuse Alliance’s Guide to Creative Reuse Centers!
- It’s Holiday Time – plan ahead & use Reuse Alliance’s Guide to a Zero Waste Holiday!
- Are you a DIY fanatic? Check out free Fix-it Guides for a variety of household items
Out of the (Blue) Box Ideas
While it’s always preferable to reduce your waste in the first place, and then reuse whatever you can — there are things that are often unwanted by reuse organizations. When this happens consider the following ideas to reuse, upcycle and/or just plain recycle a wide array of materials:
- Commercial/Industrial Materials: Reuse Marketplace (a Reuse Alliance member)
- Tools for Nonprofits: ToolBank
- Eyes Glasses: New Eyes for the Needy
- Old Wine Corks: ReCORK America
- Used Crayons: National Crayon Recycle Program
- Hair: Locks of Love
- Stained or Torn Blue Jeans for Insulation: Green Jeans Insulation and Bonded Logic
- Old Keys: Keys For Kindness
- Rechargable Batteries: Call2Recycle
- Golf Balls: OnlyGolfBalls.com (sell) or LostGolfBalls.com (buy)
- Used Hotel Soap: Global Soap Project
- Unwanted Trophies: (temporarily closed) Total Awards’ Trophy Recycling Program
- Narly Surf Boards: ReSurf Recycling and Green Foam Boards
Even More Reuse Resources
- Reuse Marketplace (a Reuse Alliance member)
- Reuse Connection