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Given the rapid rise in popularity of the KonMari Method of tidying up, it's clear many people believe they have too much stuff. With our increased time at home, people are seizing the opportunity to clean out their closets, basement and garage. While this trend is promising, we're still throwing away far more still-good items than ever before. Every year 26 billion pounds of clothing and textiles go to landfills—95 percent of which could be reused or recycled. This is especially troubling given that it can take up to 700 gallons of water to make one new cotton T-shirt—more than the average person drinks in five years—and more than 1,800 gallons of water to make one new pair of jeans.
Of those who admitted they threw used items into the trash, almost two-thirds did so because they didn’t think any donation center would take them. But the opposite is actually true: a large percentage of used clothing, textiles or household goods sent to the landfill could be donated to local organizations to help more people and pets.
From melting ice caps to raging wild fires, the evidence of global warming is alarming. In addition, nonprofits' budgets are more stressed than ever as they step up to serve people affected by the pandemic. Giving used clothing and household goods a second life can benefit charities—providing much-needed funding, while reducing the demand for new products to ultimately save precious natural resources and lower our carbon footprint.
People want their gently used items to help those in need but need a way to find the right nonprofit to support. Re.Use.Full was born after taking repeated requests from friends looking for a new home for their gently used household items, clothes and computer equipment. They wanted to help a worthy organization but didn’t know who could put their items to good use. Having experienced firsthand the challenges nonprofit organizations face to stretch their funding and do more with less, Leslie Scott founded Re.Use.Full and embarked on creating a platform that takes “reduce, reuse, recycle” to a whole new level.
We launched our beta site in August 2020 with nonprofits such as Goodwill, Catholic Charities, Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City, Great Plains SPCA and more already signed up. Now, we need your support to help us pay for our site enhancements and maintenance and marketing efforts so we can spread the word about this free site to nonprofits and potential donors. We also have our sights set on expanding to help donors connect with nonprofits in other communities. Together, we can do more good!
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