With interest in reuse growing in Minnesota and across the country, advocates came together in 2011 to form Reuse Alliance Minnesota, a state chapter of the national Reuse Alliance. This network served as a convening space for individuals and organizations dedicated to advancing reuse in our state.
In 2012, the group transitioned to an independent, member-based 501(c)(6) nonprofit trade association, and Reuse Minnesota was born. The purpose of the organization was to increase the visibility of Minnesota’s reuse sector by highlighting the environmental, social, and economic benefits of reuse. Founding members included Arc’s Value Village, Bridging, Companies to Classrooms, Costume Rentals, Minnesota Computers for Schools, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, St. Louis County, and the University of Minnesota ReUse Program.
In 2016, Reuse Minnesota converted to a 501(c)(3). Under this designation, we have continued as a member-based organization dedicated to educating the public, advocating for reuse-supportive policies, and promoting reuse businesses and activities throughout Minnesota. We continue to be dedicated to working on behalf of repair, resale, and rental businesses to promote the reuse economy in the state of Minnesota and beyond.
See our bylaws for information on our structure and governance.