Now that my favorite niece, Cassie, is a teacher, I understand just how much teachers spend of their own money to purchase supplies for their classrooms. According to ReUseResources. teachers typically spend between $300-$1500 of their personal money to purchase supplies for their classroom. I’ll bet Cassie can attest to that.
Every school could use a ReUseResources in their corner. What they do:
“At ReUseResources, teachers and community programs get low-cost supplies and businesses find a home for surplus materials otherwise headed for the landfill. We collect and offer surplus materials that are in good condition to match the needs in the classroom. This allows teachers to do much more with their limited classroom budgets.
Every day the train that leaves Seattle/King County for the landfill is about a mile long and much of what is thrown out is perfectly usable. Our mission is to reuse the good stuff to support education and reduce the waste of our resources”
ReUseResources recently hosted the Swap-O-Rama-Rama event at Greenfest in Seattle, WA. Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores creative reuse through the recycling of used clothing. All you need is at least one bag of “in-season” unwanted clothing and a small donation. Each swap begins with a giant collective pile of all the unwanted clothing. Everyone dives in and finds their next new/used items from the pile. Afterward, DIY workshops, equipped with sewing machines, help you transform your finds. All the materials you need to sew, embroider, bead, fix, repair, knit etc, are supplied. The Swap-O-Rama-Rama websites lists upcoming events as well as how to start your own swap.
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