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Reuse, Recycling, & Responsible Disposal of products (sustainable lifecycles)

aka the how & where to reuse, recycle, & gently dispose of used gear.  I wanted to start this specific thread as an offshoot of the broader Sustainable Living At Home topic https://conversations.rei.com/t5/sustainable-living/small-things-to-increase-sustainability-at-home/...

Beyond reducing, I've spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out where to dispose-for-reuse all kinds of stuff -- it's been well worth the time to keep it out of the trash bin.  I've also made use of the REI repair service awhile back (does this still exist?), sent packs for repair to JanSport & The North Face, and had my favorite hiking boots resoled.  I consider these wins 🙂  I hope others will share their links, locations, and ideas which help keep products out of landfills, incinerators, and cargo-holds headed to Asia.  I encourage people to post questions about certain products too -- maybe amongst ourselves, we can come up with solutions.

I'll post more of these separately, but briefly, I've seen in-store bins to collect recyclable beverage containers (I used these when my apt bldg didn't have recycle bins so REI got the money); wornout clothes collection at Patagonia stores (https://www.patagonia.com/recycling.html ); Denim recycling (https://bluejeansgogreen.org/Recycle-Denim/#inlineMadewell); "dead shoes" of all kinds accepted at Nike / Converse stores (Nike Grind https://www.nikegrind.com -- Reuse A Shoe https://www.nike.com/us/retail ).  I've also seen collection bins for lightly used shoes, sports equipment, backpacks & school supplies, & pet supplies for donation around the holidays.  Habitat for Humanity has ReStore shops (think Goodwill for building & housing materials) - where they sell donated goods at discount.

ALSO, I would love to see REI host more collection bins, for worn-out clothes made of outdoor/sport textiles, shoes, backpacks, kids clothes/gear which is rapidly outgrown, and other used gear which is beyond the return-by date.  I know there was some discussion regarding suggestions for future expansion of used gear / garage sales to include used member gear (not returned gear); perhaps the best of this gear could be offered as rentals, too.

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