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Tue 18 Apr

rePurpose and beyond: Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Upcycle, Recycle, and Share

Thrift stores are great: they employ folks that need work, people that can’t afford retail prices can purchase gently used items at a fraction of the cost, it reduces our carbon footprint whether we are the ones that are giving the items away or the ones that are purchasing them, and it is a fundraising avenue for organizations like Mennonite Central Committee.

Each year we do rePurpose, I am always reminded that I’m not giving “old” items away just to replace them with newly purchased items, but I’m giving items away to simplify my life. Reducing my possessions (and not replacing them with new ones) refocuses my attention on what is truly important (God and others) and thereby refocuses how I spend my time, money, skills etc.  It reminds me of where my true value should be found: not in possessions but in God, my creator.

When rePurpose is done, I would like to encourage you to find ways to reduce the possessions you need to purchase, reuse and share the ones you do have, repair the ones that are broken, and upcycle and recycle the ones whose life has come to an end. To help you, I have come up with a list of online resources in each of these areas to inspire you to live simple, environmentally and socially gentle lives.

If you have a story to share about this topic and how it has impacted your life, I’d love to hear from you, email me at



Reuse and Share

                MCC Thrift Shops

                Toronto Public Library

                Toronto Tool Library, Sharing Depot, and Repair Cafe

                Toronto Seed Library

                Furniture Bank

                Food Share: Community Gardens 101


                Bike Pirates

                This to That



                Repair Café through Toronto Tool Library (see above)

Upcycle and Recycle

                The Japanese Art of Kintsugi: Perfection Through Imperfection

                The City of Toronto: overview of garbage, recycling, and compost

                                Community Environment Days  



                Food Share: Composting

Reducing Articles and Movies

                Toronto Food Policy Council: Food Waste

                Book: More with Less Cookbook

                Book: Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day

                Minimalism: A Documentary

                5 Truths the Fast Fashion Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

                4 Things to Remember Every Time You Shop for Clothes

                The Huffington Post’s campaign: Reclaim: Reducing the World of Waste

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