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Repurpose, Recycle, Reuse

I very much like to repurpose things. An old crate becomes a towel holder, a glass jar turns into a lamp and an old soup carafe become a flower pot.

But sometimes you just can’t figure out how to use something or you simply don’t need it. For those times I have compiled this list of organization that gladly take your unwanted treasure. If you come across another one that you don’t see here, please forward me their name and web address so we can add it to the list.

One of my favorites is freecycle.org where I have gotten softwares for free as well as a bed and Indian clothing. I have also given away bags, a futon mattress and furniture I did not need. It is great for the community, great for nature and great for you – a win-win-win.

Places to donate and recycle:

Booksforafrica.org – All of those books you been meaning to read but never get around to – send them to Africa

Citylinks.org – They take unwanted items and match them with a non-for-profit in your area

Dressforsuccess.org – Donate your suits to low-income women so that they can get and maintain a job

Ecoencore.org – They’ll sell your old DVD, books and current software

Freecycle.org – put up anything you want to get rid off on their website to or request anything you would like!

Goodwill.org – Has over 3000 drop off spots and they’ll take most things

Help1up.org – You can drop off furniture you don’t want at their locations around the country

Humane Society – Hsus.org/pets/animal_shelters – Donate leashes, bowls and cages to pets waiting to get adopted

Lionsclub.org – They’ll take your old glasses

Nikereuseashoe.com – They can reuse the rubber and foam for basketball courts and soccer fields when you give them your old sneakers

Phones4life.org – Give your old cell and this organization distributes it to elderly or people victimized by hurricane Katrina

Redcross.org/donatemiles.html – Donate your miles to aids workers and volunteers

Redo.org – They’ll take your old sink or cabinets

Salvation army – 1800-958-7825 – They’ll pick up your bags of used clothing as long as yo have minimally five

Sharetechnology.org – Donate your old computer, printer or modem to this cool organization that will schedule a time to pick it up

Soles4souls.org – Give your old footwear to people in need

Suitcasesforkids.org – Donate your old bag-packs, duffels or suitcases for kids in foster care

Therecyclingfactory.com and greenphone.com cover shipping and pay for your phone to get shipped to those in need

Uniteforsight.org – Send your old glasses and they’ll send them to Africa, Asia or Latin America

Volunteermatch.org – Donate your time! You can do anything from web designs to translating documents for immigrants

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