USE2 Austin Making Reuse Easy & Accessible

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A grassroots incubator maximizing the reuse of commonplace and unexpected materials

Student teacher Lisa Chavez shopped at USE2’s Neighborhood Reuse Center to support her classroom.    

For $30 Lisa bought 25 clipboards, 25 rulers, 25 pairs of kids scissors, 5 sturdy storage containers, a set of pattern blocks and cards, a math game, a bag of sorting/counting bears, 45 fancy treasure box pencils, bulletin board borders, sticky notes, tape and a heavy duty tape dispenser.  All these materials were headed to the landfill but with USE2’s help, Lisa is putting them to good use.

45% of thrift store donations end up recycled, landfilled or sold to developing countries. USE2 supports the development of scalable models that promote the reuse of all household goods.

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Diverting materials destined for landfill to enrich and support families & schools. 

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Beautiful, high quality puzzles for a low monthly fee.

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Over 60 favorites in stock & modestly priced.  A great resource for schools, camps, your Airbnb or for family night.

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Brokering material connections, growing the exchange ecosystem, and building a more sustainable Austin.

USE2 Austin would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support of our mission.

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University Coop