There are plenty of community resources ready to help you lighten your load. Here is a growing list of resources to help you unstuff your life and get on with the things that really matter!
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These organizations offer their services across the U.S.
Follow these links to interact with them or to find a local chapter or division.
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Direct Marketing Association Choice: The belly of the beast — use caution!
Federal Trade Commission: Their take on privacy + junk mail + spam
National Do Not Call Registry: Eliminate robocalls and other junk calls.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse: Junk mail and privacy Information
The Consumerist: More junk mail advice
Reuse A Shoe: Nike steps up to recycle sneakers
Souls 4 Soles: No more shoes in landfill or hanging off lamp posts!
Elder Wisdom Circle: Missing your grandparents and wishing you could get some good advice? Try these folks!
NeighborGoods: A great resource for sharing stuff locally RATHER than buying it!
Sharable: More collective consumption
Trade A Favor: The perfect response to,"Hey, can you just do me a favor?," Point 'em here and set 'em loose!
VeggieTrader: While this site is no longer actively updated, there are still lots of good links and info here
Volunteer Match: Got some time to share but not sure who needs you? Check this out.
One Sight: For Donated Eyewear
If you must shop, here are some sites where you can get coupons and other discounts.
Eco-Cycle: Take recycling to the next level.
US Environmental Protection Agency: National Guide to recycling electronics
Check out these orgs doing good work in Cali -- lots of help available here!
The Away Station
Echo Park Time Bank: Los Angeles neighborhood lend/swap cooperative site
(My hometown! Here are some orgs doing great work in the Motor City.)
(Check out these sites for your H-town organizing needs.)
NY Times Article about Houston's lack of recycling: C'mon Houston, step up!
(My adopted hometown. The city that never sleeps has tremendous variety in the places and orgs that deal with stuff.)
NYC Recycle: NYC's on it. You'll find what to recycle and where, including composting and electronic waste. Rock on!
The Green PC: Computer recycling in NJ
Urban Garden Center: This neighborhood garden center has a community compost drop off.
Wearable Collections: Where to recycle clothing and textiles