START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

8 Ways to Inspire Re-Use In Your Community

5. Get schooled — Let’s face it, most schools are usually desperate for supplies, whether it’s office goods or things they can use for craft projects. Check with your local schools or visit DonorsChoose, where teachers can post lists of items they need for certain projects. Sometimes it helps when parents pool their efforts, so if there’s a newsletter for your kids’ school, sign up. If there isn’t, start one.

6. Work with groups that already exist — If you belong to a church or social club or service organization, use that built-in audience to find a way to start a re-use project. Maybe you can have collection boxes for winter coats at your church or a pot exchange at your garden club. This also works for certain businesses with a social element one of my local coffee shops has a very active paperback swap box where customers can take or drop off books for free.

7. Hold a reuse fair — Really want to inspire re-use in your community? Organize a swap meet. Set up a few tables and get a group of people to bring a bunch of perfectly good items that others can take home for free or for trade.

8. Be a re-use role model – Peer pressure, when used correctly, can be a powerful tool. Stand up as an example of ways that things can be reused. Bring reusable cloth bags with you when you shopping. Leave your old magazines in doctors’ offices (cut your address off, but make it obvious that another client dropped them off). Start craft projects made from recycled goods (like your old VHS tapes). Have fun with it,and show other people what they can do with just a little bit of effort.

Don’t Buy: Lend, Swap, Share, Borrow!
Not Buying It? How to Trade the Stuff You Already Have
Never Own Anything Again: Think Thingloop

Read more: Green, Reduce, Recycle & Reuse, , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love


+ add your own
12:24PM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

interesting ideas

7:32AM PDT on Jun 8, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

9:09AM PST on Feb 13, 2013


1:20PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Thank you.

1:19PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Thank you.

9:32PM PST on Jan 16, 2012


8:26AM PST on Dec 29, 2011

wonderful ideas!

8:59PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Glad to see encouragement to help our communities reuse stuff.

9:07AM PDT on Jul 1, 2011 is another great freecycle service to give and get free stuff in your community.

9:43AM PDT on May 20, 2011

Thank-you for the informative article, it gave me a few ideas. I have four questions I have been trying to figure out as far as re-cycling goes; #1= the plastic produce bags, more & more are becoming re-cyclable. Is one just to put them w/ the plastic & metal, #2=what do you do w/ small household or personal items that do not work anymore, ie: old hair dryers, answering machines, electric can-openers, etc., #3=old boots that have seen better days appearance are still usable they don't fit me anymore; #4=bubble-envelopes, the envelopes that are paper on the outside & are lined with bubble packing to give some protection to the contents inside. Where do they get placed for re-cycling? I thank-you for reading this & I'll appreciate any & all suggestions. Please do have a pleasant day. : )

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

I'm a vegan but I still suffer of tendinitis ! Not enough beans, maybe ? ;)

whew a double edge sword anger is. Hang on to it and it effects you physically showing up in your j…

I tried this. Now I'm addicted to Tetris. Gotta cut this post short. Have a Tetris craving.

Thanks for sharing.


Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

site feedback


Problem on this page? Briefly let us know what isn't working for you and we'll try to make it right!