Fall semester has flown by! ReUSE members have been busying keeping the store open and participating in committees to get the word out about ReUSE and sustainability, with many sales and happy customers over the past few months.
In addition to club meetings every other week, we’ve hosted a few events of our own! We had a successful Freecycling event on October 17th on the steps of Sproul Hall. We gave away clothes and office supplies for free and partnered with Madewell for those wanting to donate jeans. One week later, we learned how to make DIY tote bags from shirts at our General Meeting and then taught others on Memorial Glade from 1-3PM for Zero Waste Month.
In addition, we’ve collaborated with the Butterfly Effect, a group that decorates wooden butterflies and hides them around Berkeley for others to find, leaving hints on social media. When a butterfly is discovered, the person who found it can choose a charity of their choice to be donated to. Butterfly Effect provided us with some wooden butterflies and painting supplies, which we painted at one of our General Meetings. ReUSE also partnered with EthiCal for a Give Two, Get One event. This means that if you donated two shirts to ReUSE, you could get a shirt from EthiCal for free on Thursday, Oct. 11th.
We’re looking forward to a successful end of the semester with a Reader and Textbook collection during and immediately after Finals Week, as well as donating our semester’s profits to a charity chosen by our active volunteers! Our final General Meeting of the semester will be during the last week of classes, Tuesday 11/27 from 6 – 7pm. We will be open during RRR week, but closed during Finals Week until we reopen in Spring Semester.