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Our Right to Repair: How state repair laws can help consumers and businesses

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Join us for ReUSE Minnesota's February Webinar

Thursday, February 14

11am – 12 noon

Have you ever cracked your cell phone screen or needed to fix a TV, but it was more expensive to repair than to replace? Fixing things is a part of our American blood, yet manufactures often make it difficult or impossible to fix electronic products. Just like with your car repairs, consumers should be able to choose where they go to fix their cell phones, computers, appliances and farm equipment. Right now, independent repair shops are not able to buy specific parts or repair manuals for these products from manufacturers.

Join us for this webinar to learn how legislation currently in play at the state level can help keep electronics working longer and build a vibrant repair economy.

Free to attend!

Register online


Panelists:

  • Amanda LaGrange, CEO, Tech Dump and Tech Discounts
  • Kyle Opdahl, CEO & Owner, CPR Midwest Holdings
  • Nathan Proctor, Director, U.S. PIRG Campaign for the Right to Repair


Amanda LaGrange
Tech Dump is an e-waste recycling, refurbishing, and retail social enterprise that creates jobs for people facing barriers to employment. Amanda helped to found Tech Dump as a board member in 2010, joined the organization’s team as the Director of Marketing in 2013, and was named CEO in 2015. An Indiana native and proud millennial, Amanda graduated from Indiana University.

Nathan Proctor
Nathan leads U.S. PIRG’s Right to Repair campaign, working to pass legislation that will prevent companies from blocking consumers’ ability to fix their own electronics. U.S. PIRG is a national network of advocacy groups that stand up for the public whenever their rights, health or democratic rights are threatened. Nathan lives in Arlington, Mass., with his wife and two children.

Kyle Opdahl
CEO and owner of CPR Midwest Holdings and Midwest Area Developer for Cell Phone Repair (CPR), the franchise, and works with Franchisees and partners to open and operate stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, & South Dakota. Opdahl is a mobile technology and device repair expert and has worked with all of the large U.S. mobile wireless carriers dating back to 1999. He also worked for Verizon Wireless Corporation in Minnesota in Retail and Sales Account Manager. He lives in the St. Paul area with his wife and daughter and son, and enjoys boating, grilling and fishing on the states many lakes.

Questions?
Contact us at info@reusemn.org or (612) 352-9119.

And speak out for your right to repair…

Find out who represents you in Minnesota’s state legislature. Tell them that you want the right to repair your products. Tell them you support the Fair Repair bills. Tell them repair is good for the environment, good for consumers, and good for businesses. It’s easy at this link, made just for Minnesota -- https://minnesota.repair.org/Join us for ReUSE Minnesota's February Webinar


Join us at our February Member Meeting!

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******BECAUSE OF THE FORECAST OF YET ANOTHER WINTER STORM THE FEBRUARY 12TH MEMBER MEETING HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO FEBRUARY 26TH. All other details remain the same******


Join us at Eureka Recycling for our February Member Meeting! Enjoy a tour of their

Material Recovery Facility, a discussion of the happenings of the reuse community,

networking with people in the reuse sector, and a tasty lunch courtesy of our host.

The meeting will be on Tuesday, February 26, from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at Eureka

Recycling in Minneapolis. RSVP here or call 612-352-9119 to reserve yourself a spot.

As a zero waste demonstration and lab, touring Eureka Recycling's Material Recovery

Facility (or MRF for short) shows you how recyclable materials are collected, separated,

and then sold – all within the framework of a triple bottom line business and a locally-

focused social enterprise model. On the tour we’ll also talk about how reuse fits into

Eureka Recycling’s zero-waste vision and how reuse benefit recycling facilities.

We’ll learn more about how recycling impacts our community, our local economy, and

the environment. Please wear closed toed shoes if you plan on joining the tour. Also

note that parking is limited, so we recommend carpooling or taking transit when

possible. Limited spots are available to the right as you enter the facility both to the

north of the office building and directly in front of it. Street parking is available on

Kennedy Street as well.

This is the quarterly meeting for members of ReUSE Minnesota to network, discuss the

happenings of the reuse community, and meet new people in the Reuse sector.

The event is open to everyone interested in reuse–you don't have to be a member to

join us!

Your clothes can say a lot about you. Do you like what they’re saying?

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The clothing industry is one of the most environmentally destructive, and it can be hard to know where to even start to find clothing with a lighter footprint. Luckily, at the Green Gifts Fair on Saturday, November 17, ReUSE Minnesota and the Thrift Stylists from Arcs Value Village will be on hand to show you how to create a wardrobe you love that’s also easy on the planet!

The 13th annual Green Gifts Fair will run from 10am - 5pm at the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. There will be 85 sustainable vendors, education booths, food, prizes, and more. The 2018 theme is #MyGreenJourney—exploring and celebrating ALL of our journeys to live sustainably and have an earth-friendly holiday season. Attendees can also complete an activity passport throughout the fair for (adult and kid-friendly) prizes. Invite your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers – you won’t want to miss it!

Visit www.doitgreen.org/green-gifts-fair for the full list of vendors, demos, and the main stage schedule.

Want to spend more time at the Fair, hang out with ReUSE Minnesota volunteers, and help teach others about reuse? Sign up for a volunteer shift.