NATIONAL RESOURCE LIST TO REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

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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National Resources:

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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Art Supplies:

Crazy Crayons

Art of Recycle

Warm Up America!

Materials for the Arts

Books/Catalogs/Mail:

Adopt a Library

Book Crossing

Books for Africa

Catalogs/Mail:

Catalog Choice

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.

Opt-Out of E-mail

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse: Junk mail and privacy Information

Shred-it

The Consumerist: More junk mail advice

Clothing/Shoes:

Clothing Swaps

Dress for Success

GreenStrides

Reuse A Shoe: Nike steps up to recycle sneakers

Souls 4 Soles: No more shoes in landfill or hanging off lamp posts!

Furniture:

Big Sunday

Catalyst Foundation

Free Cycle

Goodwill

Habitat’s ReStore

The National Council of Jewish Women

The National Furniture Bank Association

The Salvation Army

Vietnam Veterans of America

Green Practices/Environmentalism:

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

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

The Good Human

Time Banks

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

Vinegar Tips

Volunteer Match: Got some time to share but not sure who needs you? Check this out.

Home Ownership:

Home Exchange

HUD’s Housing and Rental Assistance

Making Home Affordable Program

Human Rights:

Citizens Commission on Human Rights

National Domestic Violence Hotline

USDA’s Nutrition Assistance Programs

Jewelry:

I Have Wings

Recycle Nation

Recycling for Good Causes

Medical:

One Sight: For Donated Eyewear

Project C.U.R.E.

Micro Lending:

Kiva Loans

Rebates:

If you must shop, here are some sites where you can get coupons and other discounts.

Rakuten

Extrabux

Mr. Rebates

Recycling:

Appliance Recycling Centers of America

Battery Solutions

Call 2 Recycle

Earth911

Eco-Cycle: Take recycling to the next level.

Grass Roots Recycling Network

Terra Cycle

World Environmental Organization

Technology/Electronics:

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Computer Hope

US Environmental Protection Agency: National Guide to recycling electronics

Regional Resources:

California:

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

Detroit:

(My hometown! Here are some orgs doing great work in the Motor City.)

Recycle Here!

City of Detroit’s Recycling Page

Houston:

(Check out these sites for your H-town organizing needs.)

City of Houston’s Recycling Page

NY Times Article about Houston’s lack of recycling: C’mon Houston, step up!

Techs and Trainers

New York:

(My adopted hometown. The city that never sleeps has tremendous variety in the places and orgs that deal with stuff.)

NY Cares

826NYC

God’s Love We Deliver

NYC Recycle: NYC’s on it. You’ll find what to recycle and where, including composting and electronic waste. Rock on!

Refashion NYC

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

Virginia:

Plenty Local