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About ReUSE Minnesota

About ReUSE Minnesota

ReUSE Minnesota makes more reuse happen. It’s simple. We connect people to the reuse businesses and services they need. We help grow local reuse, repair, and rental businesses by connecting them to new customers and to other reuse businesses. Why? Because reuse is good for people and communities, now and in the future. Our vision is a strong Minnesota reuse economy that leads the nation.

Who we are:

Launched in 2012, ReUSE Minnesota is a member-based network. Our members are Minnesota’s reuse, repair and rental businesses large and small, and the people and organizations who support them.

ReUSE MN is the only organization promoting Minnesota’s reuse, rental and repair sector and highlighting the benefits of reuse – for people and for nature. We actively build the reuse community and grow businesses through B2B networking, public education, events, advocacy, and this searchable reuse directory.

ReUSE MN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

We are run by a volunteer Board of Directors and have several committees that any member or supporter can be a part of – Education & Outreach, Membership, Fundraising & Sponsorships.

Our vision:

A strong Minnesota reuse economy that

  • leads the nation in well-paying reuse jobs and sales,
  • is driven by citizens and institutions intentionally choosing to maximize use of what’s already available and support a circular economy.
  • has documented environmental benefits.

Who can join ReUSE MN?

If you’re all about reuse, we welcome you to join us! Our members are:

  • For- and non-profit businesses, any size, that are part of the reuse, rental or repair sector in Minnesota.
  • Individuals who are passionate about reuse.
  • Minnesota cities, counties, and state government partners who have an obligation to foster reduction and reuse to prevent waste.

Get involved: 

  • Become a sponsor or donor. Contact us for more information.
  • Sign up for our newsletter.
  • Give us a testimonial about how you reuse in your business, or reuse businesses you’ve done business with. Use the Contact us page.
  • Have us in for a lunch-time or Earth Day presentation for your employees.

What we do:

Our work is fun, creative, and sustainable. Reuse is largely local, so our work is done by building and leveraging personal and B2B relationships. Here’s an overview:

  • This searchable, website - ReUSEMN.org
    This is a resource for all reuse businesses in Minnesota and all Minnesotans. Reuse-related businesses can list themselves on the site so customers can find them.
  • Reuse Demonstrations, such as the EcoExperience at the MN State Fair.

Through ReUSE MN’s partnership with the MPCA, member businesses are able to get in front of thousands of people at the biggest event of the year, the MN State Fair. They talk about their business and teach reuse or repair skills.

  • Quarterly member meetings
    We bring reuse businesses and advocates together several times a year for casual networking and lunch. It’s always hosted by a reuse business. You can count on making a new connection to a business or resource or customer you didn’t have before.  Check out our events page for our next meeting.
  • Advocacy
    Reuse businesses don’t tend to have lobbyists or time for issue research. ReUSE Minnesota listens to what they need, and then serves as their voice, writing letters or showing up at meetings.
  • Event opportunities
    ReUSE MN participates in a number of high-visibility events, like the Twin Cities Home and Garden Show and the Green Gifts Fair. When we participate, we typically invite members to join us to support educating our communities about our important work.
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