Right to Repair is moving forward again in Minnesota. Bills have been introduced in both the House (HF1337) and Senate (SF1598). The first hearing (House Commerce Finance and Policy) is Wednesday, February 15, at 1pm (central). Watch live here.
Several organizations will be testifying in support. Reuse Minnesota staff are unable to participate due to our quarterly member meeting at the same time, however, we submitted a letter of support, and eagerly await the hearing outcome.
As the bills progress, we will be reaching out to supporters to contact legislators. To stay up to date, follow progress on our website and subscribe to our Right to Repair email list.
A new study has found the reuse economy in Minnesota is worth over $5 billion, creates 45,000 jobs and takes the equivalent of 100,000 gas-powered vehicles off the roads in avoided greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year.
With the need for new green jobs, the reuse economy delivers many of the benefits these jobs would bring.
The report, entitled “Measuring statewide impacts of reuse,” was commissioned by Reuse Minnesota with funding from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, and conducted by Eunomia Research & Consulting, a leading international circular economy consultancy.
Reuse is the continued use, repair, or repurposing of items or materials which extends the life of resources and decreases demand for new production and includes such businesses as thrift stores, repair shops, and rental outlets.
Reuse activities directly benefit the state economy by generally taking place within local communities, with the revenue of these activities estimated to be around $3.1 billion plus a further $2.4 billion social value in wages, taxes and shareholder profits.
Unsurprisingly, as the state’s largest population center and economic hub, the Twin Cities Metro area avoided the most emissions at 66% and accounted for almost half of all reuse jobs.
The findings add to Minnesota’s green credentials after Eunomia’s 50 States of Recycling report found that its recycling rate for packaging was the highest of any US state without a Deposit Return System (DRS).
The new study applies an improved methodological approach that applies weightings to businesses which only undertake some reuse activities such as book stores which sell new and used books. This provides a more accurate picture of the economic, social and environmental benefits from the sector when compared to a previous study done in 2020.
Emily Barker, Executive Director of Reuse Minnesota said: “This study demonstrates the profound impact reuse has on the local Minnesota economy and environment. It’s not a choice between economic growth or improving our environment, we can do both and the findings really reinforce that belief. We intend to repeat the study using the same model every five years and hope to continue to show progress towards cutting carbon emissions while creating good green jobs for Minnesotans.”
Sarah Edwards, Eunomia’s Director of North America added: “This report is important for emerging policy discussions on the role of reuse in the circular economy. It demonstrates that there are environmental, social and economic benefits which support a transition to a reuse economy. Reusing materials and extending their life cycle to delay or prevent the production of new products allows us to live more sustainably within a circular system. The current prevailing take-make-waste economic principles are both inefficient and insufficient in limiting climate change. The model we developed for this study will be a much more accurate reflection of the benefits the reuse economy has on Minnesota compared to previous studies.”
Click here to access the report and presentation.
Mano a Mano International Partners is happy to be celebrating 10 years in their office and warehouse in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul! They spent the first 19 years in operation working out of their Co-Founders' home in Mendota Heights. Their current space provides a much more efficient and comfortable working environment for staff and volunteers to sort hundreds of thousands of pounds of donated medical supplies and mobility equipment for shipment to Bolivia for people and organizations in need. They also share additional supplies locally in the Twin Cities. Mano a Mano has been in operation since 1994, with the mission of “Partnering together – Hand in Hand – to transform the health and well-being of Bolivian communities in need.” They are always looking for help - volunteers, in-kind donations, and financial contributions - you can learn more here.
Mano a Mano is always looking to collect gently used medical supplies and equipment.
Nonprofit social enterprise and local industry leader in electronics recycling and refurbishing, Repowered, is searching for its next CEO.
Copied from: Repowered seeks next CEO to build upon 11 years of growth and impact (getrepowered.org)
At Repowered (fka Tech Dump/Tech Discounts), we provide fair chances for people, planet, and technology. Over the past 11 years we have processed over 40 million pounds of electronics and provided millions of dollars of paid training for adults returning home after incarceration.
We believe we are all defined by our futures, and we are incredibly excited about our continued vision of giving technology a second run, and the people who restore it a fair chance. It is bittersweet to share that we are seeking our next CEO to bring that vision to reality, as our long-time leader Amanda LaGrange has announced her upcoming transition, so we are seeking our next CEO to build upon our growth and impact.
As Amanda shared in comments to our team this summer, “Our goals remain the same – as does the endless potential of our organization with this amazing team. I will always love this place and our critical work; it’s simply time for the next leader to lead us during the next growth stage.”
Incoming Board Chair Renee Conklin shares “We are incredibly grateful for the leadership Amanda has provided over the last 12 years — originally as a volunteer board of directors member, then Director of Marketing, and then serving as the CEO for the past 7+ years. She has built a talented Executive Team, who are committed to providing strong leadership throughout this transition.”
Repowered will build upon our success as we look for the next great leader – perhaps that individual is in your network. We are searching for an experienced CEO who understands how to lead a nonprofit organization or has experience in the government sector.
Thanks for your continued support of our organization, and for spreading the word about our search. If you know of a great candidate, please direct them to DEJ Group, our retained search firm, for more information.
CHASKA, MINN. — Carver County Environmental Services announced that its Fix-It Clinics, in partnership with Chanhassen-based non-profit “A Better Society,” will continue in 2023.
Building on the success of the initial events, three more events are planned for 2023. The first event will take place on Saturday, March 18 from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. at A Better Society’s office, 1453 Park Rd., Chanhassen, MN 55317.
During two successful 2022 events, volunteers helped attendees fix more than 1,400 pounds of items. These items were diverted from the waste stream and included vacuums, clothing, small engines, bicycles, and a variety of other small household items. Events like these serve as a great opportunity not only to get items fixed and kept out of the landfill, but also foster community and discussion about waste reduction and the “throw-away” mentality.
Counties and community organizations have been hosting Fix-It Clinics for the last few years with great success, and Carver County’s first two clinics were no exception. These events provide residents an opportunity to sit down with a volunteer fixer to talk about their item and work together toward a repair. If an item cannot not be fixed, volunteers will try their best to diagnose the problem and provide the resident with part numbers, other repair options or recycling and disposal alternatives.
For more information, to sign up to attend, or volunteer to be a fixer visit the Fix-It Clinic Webpage. You can also visit the Carver County website and search “Fix-It Clinic”.
If you have questions or would like assistance with sign up, please contact Megan Monson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Environmental Services at (952) 361-1800 with any questions. Be sure to stay tuned to Recycle Carver and A Better Society on Facebook for updates.
When I joined Reuse Minnesota as Executive Director in 2021, I did so because of my personal and professional dedication to reuse. I believe that reuse in all its forms - from resale to rental to repair - is critical to addressing many environmental and social issues facing our society today. Reuse reduces waste. Reuse creates jobs and opportunities for talent development. Reuse fosters connections and builds relationships.
Reuse Minnesota is a nonprofit dedicated to leading a movement grounded in the principles of reuse. We build partnerships and support a vibrant network of reuse practitioners through education, promotion, and advocacy. And we envision a world with regenerative, reuse-centered communities that protect the environment and value the well-being of future generations.
December 2022 marks the 10 year anniversary of Reuse Minnesota. I am honored and excited to be part of this important milestone as the organization grows and expands our work and programming. Part of that growth includes building our membership and also connecting with individuals who would like to support our work financially.
As the end of the year approaches, I would like to invite you to make a personal gift to Reuse Minnesota. As part of our 10-year celebration, our goal is to raise $10,000 by June 30, 2023. Individual giving is admittedly a newer thing for us, so we thank you in advance for helping us take this step. Whether it is $10 or $1000, every dollar counts.
Thank you for your support!
Emily Barker (she/her)Executive Director
We are hiring! Reuse Minnesota is in search of a graphic designer to create a new logo for our organization. This is a contract position.
If you would like to be considered for this project, please fill out this interest form no later than November 30, 2022.
Reuse Minnesota is pleased to announce the six individuals elected by membership to serve on our board of directors from January 2023 through December 2024.
ReturningMiriam Holsinger, Third termJenny Kedward, Fourth term
NewSonya BetkerHannah BohnDanielle ClasemanMayur Dankhara
We are very excited to welcome two returning and four new board members who represent a variety of sectors and experiences. We look forward to learning from them and greatly appreciate their willingness to share their skills to help grow Reuse Minnesota. Join us at our annual meeting on November 15 for a more formal introduction to our incoming board members.
About Reuse Minnesota
Formed in 2012, Reuse Minnesota is a leader dedicated to working on behalf of repair, resale, and rental businesses to promote the reuse economy in the state of Minnesota and beyond. The organization accomplishes this through building partnerships and supporting a vibrant network of reuse practitioners through education, promotion, and advocacy.
Now more than ever, Bridging needs your help to serve 100 households per week and the mission to empower people to THRIVE in their homes. There are several ways you can help!
Check out their donation list and see what you can donate. Ask your friends, neighbors, and community groups to check their homes and organizations too. You can drop off donations at their two metro area sites located in Roseville and Bloomington. If you are unable to bring your items to Bridging and you live in the Twin Cities metro area, schedule a fee-based Bridging home pick up. Have your neighborhood share the pickup cost.
Consider individual, group, and offsite volunteer options! You can help unload and sort, assist clients on their shopping trip, host a drive, or sponsor a Dresser Build event.
Bridging is available for tours, speaking engagements, and more! Contact Diana Dalsin for more information: email@example.com
Congrats to the Reusers in Minnesota for a great conference on October 4, 2022! The energy—from check-in to the last session— was vibrant, exciting, and inquisitive.
The previous day, our team had the pleasure of connecting conference attendees with four Reuse Minnesota members: Repowered, Keys 4/4 Kids, Bridging, and Scrapbox Salvage. The attendees of these site visits received tours of each facility as well as a deeper understanding of what organizational reuse is here in the Twin Cities and the impacts they have on our communities. While these four organizations perform varying work and services, they all hold the values of sustainability, equity, and of course, reuse!
Later that day members of the reuse community gathered together at GRAZE Libations and Provisions to kick off REUSE22. Residents from Minnesota and beyond spent the evening connecting and discussing their work and opportunities in topics across the reuse and repurpose spectrum. Special thanks goes to the staff of GRAZE for hosting our event and to Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. for sponsoring the evening’s food.
Offering a fantastic start to the day, keynote speaker Deonna Anderson from GreenBiz covered how reuse can be equipped and utilized as a tool for change. This message echoed through the rest of the conference presentations and provided attendees with a reminder of the impacts of reuse and how they can better incorporate it in the work they do—whether they came to the conference representing a government agency, a nonprofit, or were just looking to learn more.
Following the keynote, attendees had varying sessions they could choose to attend covering many relevant topics of reuse today. These breakout sessions proved that reuse is much more dynamic and encompassing than people may believe. One session that intrigued many conference guests covered recovering history and materials, drawing insights to how reuse can better emphasize equity and engage BIPOC communities into decision making. Conference guests attending the small business perspectives session got to hear first hand accounts of business owners experiences with reuse on varying scales.
A few attendees commented on how they particularly appreciated the action steps provided by some speakers, allowing them to make immediate change. Another focus of the day was strategic collaboration between different agencies and industries. Waste is a problem for everyone; uncoincidentally, reuse is a solution everyone can partake in! By combining the strengths of non-profits, government entities, and local businesses, Minnesota can make reuse a viable and even preferred way to reduce waste and inspire sustainable living, production, and behavior.
Overall, REUSE22 was the culmination of passionate, knowledgeable, and dedicated individuals pushing for sustainable changes in Minnesota. We are thankful for the opportunity to host the event in-person at St. Thomas, as well as include some virtual options to make these discussions more accessible and far-reaching. For many, this was their first Reuse Minnesota conference and shows the growing commitment of reuse for individuals new to the field. While most attended the conference because reuse is directly related to their work or passions, the guests, speakers, and exhibitors benefited from the built-in networking opportunities throughout the day. Moreover, many attendees shared that the conference positively impacted their professional and personal development. Reuse Minnesota is grateful for the speakers, volunteers, sponsors, and attendees that made the event so fantastic.
Reuse Minnesota was founded in 2012 and is a member-based nonprofit that supports repair, resale, and rental businesses, bringing visibility to the reuse sector as a means to lower our state's impact on the environment.
Contact usEmail Reuse Minnesota612-314-6283reusemn.org
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