6: Reuse Tour

Take Part in the Guided Tour of the local reuse community!

We hope you’ll join us for the Boston Reuse Sampler Tour on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

Spend a few hours at the close of the Conference touring a sampling of Boston’s most intriguing reuse enterprises!  We’ll visit an organization that collects items for children in need, a construction salvage non-profit, and a multifaceted textile reuse and recycling business.  A box lunch is included.

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Time: 9am – 2pm

The tour will depart from the Holiday Inn: Boston Bunker Hill. Please plan to arrive by 8:45am for a prompt departure at 9am.

Cradles to Crayons collects new and nearly new children’s items through grassroots community drives and corporate donations.  Donations are processed and packaged by volunteers, and distributed to  children living in low-income or homeless situations across the state through a collaborative network of social service agencies and school partners.  We’ll tour the Boston headquarters and learn about their extensive backpack, school supply, and clothing reuse programs.

Tucked away in a nineteenth-century Cambridge soap manufacturing building, The Garment District demonstrates multiple methods of textile reuse all under one roof.  We’ll tour the building and learn about its used clothing resale, costume rental, and textile By The Pound™ reuse programs. Boasting 40,000 unique items at any given time, the 12,000 square-foot retail portion features vintage and contemporary clothing, shoes, and accessories.

The 23-year-old Reuse Center at Boston Building Resources (BBR) accepts donations of new and gently used materials for resale for home maintenance and improvements.  Open to the public, BBR offers needs-based discounts, expert advice, technical assistance, hands-on home improvement workshops, and is a source for energy-efficient, water-saving, and other environmentally friendly products.  BBR also operates a building materials consumer cooperative nearby.

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A vegetarian lunch will be provided during the tour by Roxbury’s Haley House Bakery Café, an innovative program introducing young people to the power of cooking from scratch and other healthy lifestyle decisions while providing job training and supporting community arts and cultural programming.