Instead of buying new, support local businesses that repair and refurbish broken items. There also exist many options for learning how to repair items yourself, from online tutorials to local classes and workshops.
Join your local TimeBank. (A Time Bank is a reciprocity-based work trading system in which hours are the currency. With time banking, a person with one skill set can bank and trade hours of work for equal hours of work in another skill set instead of paying or being paid for services.)
Upcycling is the process of modifying would-be-wasted materials into new items; giving them a second life that is perceived as having a greater value.
No need to buy new; join the Share Community network. Research these ideas on how to giveaway, request, or swap items for free.
One person’s trash is another’s treasure. If an unwanted item is clean and in good working condition, consider donation. By doing so, you are avoiding landfill waste, protecting precious resources, and maybe helping someone in need. Contact the following recommendations to confirm acceptability prior to donating.
L.A. Shares. (Only available for business in the City of Los Angeles)
Save money and protect the environment by shopping “new to you” or selling your used items. This is a great way to acquire new appliances, clothing, furniture, electronics, housewares, and more.
All recommendations are suggestions only, and not endorsed by Athens Services.
Please use your best judgment when engaging with these organizations, groups, or businesses.