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REUSE Minnesota Connects Businesses On The Western Side of the State

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 16, 2016
Updated: Friday, May 31, 2019

The goal of the meet up was to connect re-use and re-pair businesses around the state.

Reusing items can reduce pollution, reduce greenhouse gasses, and save energy and water.

Two businesses connected at Thursday's meeting.

"When they know someone's got something, they can direct it to the right thrift store outlet, so they can do a lot of cross promotion of their businesses," said Madalyn Cioci, MN Pollution Control Agency.

ReUse Minnesota does not have another meeting planned for the area.

Watch the video here:

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The Gift of Community By Todd Tanner, Board President

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 9, 2016
Updated: Friday, May 31, 2019

It’s the time of year for giving gifts and, no surprise, ReUSE Minnesota wholeheartedly supports and encourages handmade, upcycled, repurposed, and repaired gifts. Members of our Board recently attended the Green Gifts Fair at Midtown Global Market and were blown away by the number of local artisans who repurpose common items and turn them into something wonderful. We saw bowls made from vinyl records, jewelry derived from almost anything, candles made with old glasses, scrap fabric turned into new clothes, magnets made from bottle caps, and notebooks and journals fashioned from discarded metal. It’s hard not to be inspired by the creativity! At our table, we helped attendees turn old books and greeting cards into gift tags and small notebooks, people seemed to really enjoy the project, and we had a great time interacting with attendees at this bustling and energetic event.

Those same wonderful consumers also contributed to the health of our environment. How? Purchases at the Green Gifts Fair had a minimal carbon footprint because the items were made locally and the environmental impact of transportation was minimal. Also, many of the items were created from something that otherwise would have been trashed. For example, if someone bought an item made from discarded clothing, they helped avoid the 3-4 pounds of CO2 emissions that occur for every pound of clothing that hits a landfill. And finally, items made from previously used materials extends the useful life of those materials and avoids the additional impact of manufacturing something new.

As an organization working to raise awareness of the reuse, repair and rental business sector, it’s fantastic to know that so many in our community already share our goals of sustainable living and reducing waste. And, even though the Green Gifts Fair is over, many opportunities remain to purchase environmentally friendly presents, and to be inspired to see gift-giving in a new way and exploring ideas for creating your own gift items by re-purposing things you already have.

We encourage you to investigate member businesses that specialize in reuse gift items that might be perfect for someone on your shopping list including Junket, Mr Michaels Recycles Bicycles, U of M Reuse Center, A Greener Read, Tech Discounts, Better Futures, Arc's Value Village, Magers and Quinn and Strange Boutique.

We also want to take this opportunity to wish you a healthy, happy, and peaceful holiday season! Thanks for your past and future support of ReUSE MN!

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Our Board Members Madalyn Cioci and Della Simpson appeared on WCCO ahead of our October party.

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 9, 2016
Updated: Friday, May 31, 2019
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ReUSE Minnesota Launches Website

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 13, 2016
Updated: Friday, May 31, 2019

Saint Paul, Minn. – On Wednesday night a few hundred people gathered at Lake Monster Brewing in Saint Paul to toast the completion of a three-year website project in support of Minnesota’s $10 billion reuse economy.

The new site at is an online resource for Minnesota consumers looking for secondhand goods or rental and repair services. It’s also a hub for businesses in these sectors.

The nonprofit trade organization ReUSE Minnesota led development of the website, which is the only one of its kind in the country.

“Minnesota is a national leader in its support of our reuse economy and the investment in this project is a great example that commitment,” notes ReUSE Minnesota Board President Todd Tanner.

The site was developed with a grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

“Guiding people toward a mindset of reuse, rental or repair before buying something new is part of reducing waste overall,” says Madalyn Cioci of the MPCA. “We have to meet people where they are and make those choices convenient and that’s what the website does.”

Minneapolis web development firm Spyder Trap worked on the project, which involved a complex back end platform that could provide an easy experience for users.

“We needed to create a responsive site that could handle images and meet the needs of consumers and of large and small businesses across Minnesota,” says Ryan Beckman Director of Client Strategy for Spyder Trap.

In addition to serving as a business directory, the state-of-the art site allows businesses to become members of ReUSE Minnesota and enhance their listings with images and custom text.

The reuse economy in Minnesota spans a variety of businesses types, from local repair stores, to salvage yards, to thrift stores, to tech companies that sell refurbished IT equipment around the world.

“Our members are diverse and all work to derive the most values from resources,” says Tanner, “With the site up, we’re ready to increase our membership and continue to help the reuse economy grow in Minnesota.”

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