Riesources

reduciing-our-carbon-footprint-2What can or will you do to reduce your footprint on this fragile planet of ours? My wife, Naomi Segal, and I intend to expand our efforts to help multiple people, not just ourselves, keep more items out of the trash stream. We’ve been learning a lot about what to do with ‘stuff,’ resources for recycling, reuse and proper disposal. We plan to work together to add those multiple resources about ‘stuff’ onto the RieOrganize! Riesources webpage.

What kinds of stuff? You know, it’s the ‘stuff’ that you can’t figure out what to do with so you just throw it out or you put it back in the basement or remote corner hoping that, some day, you’ll know what to do with it. So, if you have questions, know about a resource that is not listed here or just want periodic updates, keep checking back here, subscribe to the monthly e-newsletter, or follow us on social media. Let’s share our knowledge – and our questions – all of us – on what to do with that ‘stuff.’ Sounds like a good thing to do.

Resources

Where to riecycle or donate your unwanted items:

 

Books Through Bars sends quality reading material to prisoners and encourages creative dialogue on the criminal justice system, thereby educating those living inside and outside of prison walls.

4722 Baltimore Ave. / West Philadelphia, PA / 215-727-8170


Sells the lovely, useful, interesting, amusing, and sometimes mysterious stuff (clothing, furniture, household items, books, games) that generous people donate to its thrift store and then distributes the proceeds to local organizations involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

710 S. 5th St. / Philadelphia, PA / 215-922-3186


Shopping at Impact Thrift is like a treasure hunt… you never know what you will find – clothing, furniture, bric-a-brac and books, jewelry, household items, appliances and more! The desire is to keep the quality of its merchandise high and its customers happy to achieve the goal of financially supporting locally-based charities.

Montgomeryville, Norristown & Hatboro, PA


Women’s clothing that is appropriate for the workplace. Clothing donations range from gently used to new items donated from individuals, department stores, and local retailers.

All types of work clothing, from high-end office wear to uniforms, scrubs, and housekeeping. Clients also receive shoes, accessories, and beauty products to complement the outfit (as inventory allows). Donation locations in Center City Philadelphia, East Falls, Main Line and Delaware County.

21 S. 12th St., Suite 110 / Philadelphia, PA 19107 / 215-568-6693


An upscale resale store (benefits the Career Wardrobe) offering quality new and gently used women’s apparel and accessories for all occasions, at prices well below retail. Women’s business, casual, designer or vintage items (all seasons, clean/ready-to-wear and on hangers); purses, shoes and accessories not meant for the workplace.

1822 Spring Garden St. / Philadelphia, PA 19130 / 215-568-2660


The West Philly Tool Library loans tools to community members so that they can perform simple home maintenance, tend their yards and gardens, build furniture, start projects, and learn new skills in a safe and affordable manner. It aims to be a community resource to provide home owners, tenants, long-time residents, and newcomers with the tools (and the knowledge to work the tools!) that they need.

1314 S. 47th St. / Philadelphia, PA / 215-833-3190


Supports the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Great Stuff is the place to purchase almost new and gently worn fashions from designers like St. John and popular brand names like Chico’s at great low prices. The shop offers a variety of high quality items, including women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry and furniture. All of the items in the shop have been generously donated by community members and all proceeds benefit the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.

Rte. 202 (Tallyville Shopping Center) / Tallyville, DE / 302-478-7890


Clothing, household items, office items, furniture, books, computer/electronic items, medical equipment (crutches, wheelchairs, hospital beds). Multiple locations. Helps local residents with disabilities and disadvantages discover the pride of independence that accompanies the power of work! Your donations fund education, job training and employment services that prepare individuals with special needs for competitive community employment.

To find the donation center nearest you, please click here.


High end clothing consignment. While Linda’s Stuff is currently an online fashion mecca for thousands of customers worldwide and consigns for an equally impressive number of clients.

103 Gibraltar Rd. / Horsham, PA / 866-68-LINDA (54632)


Spiral Q builds strong and equitable communities characterized by creativity, joy, can-do attitudes, and the courage to act on their convictions. Spiral Q doesn’t just work in schools — it works with all sorts of groups in neighborhoods throughout the city. Spiral Q seeks to support the intersection of arts and organizing through its Justice Works program, which supports activists and community groups seeking to make a greater impact through the use of large scale art . Click here for a list of art supplies that are currently needed.

4100 Haverford Ave. / Philadelphia, PA 19104 / 215-222-6979


Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. These items are supplied free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need. The vision is that one day every child will have the essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn and valued.

30 Clipper Rd. / PO Box 799 / W. Conshohocken, PA 19428 / 215-836-095


MenzFit MenzFit provides each client with one suit when he has a scheduled interview and a second outfit when he gets the job. Professional clothing provided includes a suit, dress shirt, tie, belt, socks and shoes. MenzFit’s clients also receive free tailoring and haircut services if needed. As an incentive to participate in our Career Development (CD) Program each man receives a casual day outfit. They accept the following items by appointment only: Suits, shoes, ties, sports coats, belts, shirts, cuff links, khakis, dress pants, socks (new only).

MenzFit Philadelphia / info@menzfit.org / 215-325-1885

Recycle Old Electronics

You purchase or receive as a gift the newest and latest gadget! What can you do with the old one (and the answer is not stick it in a drawer somewhere!). You want to recycle them, but, unfortunately, it’s not as easy as tossing the old PlayStation 3 in the blue bin.

If it is in usable condition, you can donate it to a charitable organization; if not, take it to an electronics recycling site. You will be helping the environment by keeping it out of the landfill.

For more information on recycling and to find a location to recycle your electronics, visit Earth911 and enter your ZIP code.

If you live in Pennsylvania, click here for a list by county.

If you live in New Jersey, click here for a list by county.