I gotta hand it to them: Levi Strauss released their new ‘recycle your clothing‘ program this week with a whole lot more fanfare than they shared their Life Cycle Assessment back in March. The recycling program (which gives customers a 20% discount on new product when they bring in their old clothing to be recycled)…

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Hey, everyone! The blog posts have been rather few and far between this winter – we’ve been busy ramping up: first as a 5-days-a-week shop, and more recently, with our jump to every day! We’re eager to be the daily resource you guys have been wanting for great used materials and creative supply.  The Minnehaha…

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“Populations that deal with waste are tagged as dirty through their material association with trash (scavengers, trash collectors, recycler) (Gidwani and Reddy 2011).” In this article, Mohammed Rafi Arefin highlights beautifully the socio-emotional challenges of bringing individuals into the open appreciation and practice of reuse. This risk of personal abjection (or emotional need to feel…

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The jumble in my head is starting to line up: For-profit benefits + non-profit incentives + tax benefits (er, unchecked tax fraud) here = continued/enabled environmental abuses + labor abuses elsewhere. When consumers happily rejoice as they purge their unwanted stuff in the spirit of ‘helping’ — and when the secondary goods market is directly…

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