Reusing is even better than recycling.
As the second R in the old adage (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Reuse holds an important place in a Zero Waste economy and lifestyle. Reusing means extending the life of an item by using it more than once, a practice that saves time, money, energy, and resources when compared to buying new. Reuse also helps our local economy by creating jobs and providing quality products to people and organizations with limited means.
How do I choose reuse?
There are countless ways you can choose to reuse in your daily life—everything from carrying your own refillable water bottle to donating your unwanted couch. Shopping at secondhand, consignment, and thrift stores or browsing online exchange sites before you head to the store to buy something new are great ways to contribute to the reuse economy and to save money too.
When you do buy something new, choose higher-quality, well-known, durable products expected to last a long time over their cheaper counterparts. It may cost more up-front, but you’ll save money in the long run by not having to replace poorly made products.
Reuse in Boulder County
Boulder County has a wealth of great secondhand stores for clothing, furniture, books, and more. Shop these outlets first, instead of buying new, to reduce your impact on our environment, promote Zero Waste, support our local economy, and save money, too!
We’ve pulled together a map of secondhand stores in the area to help you chart your course to less waste!