The Re-Use-It Centre in Whistler, BC contributes to 75% of the operating budget for 26 different community organizations including the food bank and search and rescue!

Would this work everywhere? Probably not, but might it work in a place like Lake Tahoe or another ski resort with a similarly large transient population? Check out this video for ways that you might implement a similar community benefit organization in your community.

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When sorting through your closet, it’s easy to see the items that you don’t wear as junk that no one would enjoy. However, your trash could be another person’s treasure. Rather than throw away rejected garments, why not recycle old clothing by trading it for new pieces with this year’s Frock Swap? Once Loved Threads founders Marjolyn Ustaris and Danielle Ow started the Frock Swap as a chance to trade some of their own pieces for new clothing items, and since that first swap in 2008, the event has only grown.