Plastic Free July Means Reuse Too!

By Bonnie Betts, NCRA Social Media Coordinator and Assistant Newsletter Editor

Support your local economy by circulating resources through local groups, pantries, and creative reuse centers as well as on-line resources. Check-out  the logos and links below, as well as some additional recommendations and photos.

Yes, the idea is to avoid plastic this and every month, but what do you do with plastic household discards? Give them to friends, neighbors and even strangers! I suggest the following  platforms.

Facebook is a well-established resource for location-based groups. See the examples listed below. If one chooses to not have a Facebook account, please consider Freecycle, Buy Nothing Project, Nextdoor and Craigslist.






Bay Area Facebook Groups
Berkeley Free and For Sale
Free & For Sale
Free & For Sale Bay Area
Buy Nothing East Bay Families
Virtual Yard Sale North Bay
Oakland Buy Sell Or Trade
Bay Area Garage Sale
Free Good Stuff Berkeley
Alameda ONLINE Garage Sale

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Cleaning out your pantry? Need to get rid of edible food on the spot?

Try out Olio – this application connects neighbors and local communities so that surplus food could be shared and not thrown away. I personally used this application when I lived in Oakland (pre-pandemic).

Start a Free Little Library

Courtesy of Nancy D., MN Free Little Library with step platform

Start a Little Free Pantry

Courtesy of Victoria, TX via
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Creative Reuse Centers
Have art supplies and miscellaneous items to donate? (Refer to each website for items currently accepted.)

East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, Oakland
The Legacy, Sebastopol
SCRAP, San Francisco
RAFT, San Jose

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