Sustainability at Reed

Reuse and Repair

Make a habit of reusing items such as paper bags, food containers, and packing materials. Take advantage of reuse programs on campus. Prioritize purchasing second-hand items such as clothing and furniture to reduce the production of new materials. Repair items to avoid having to buy new materials.

Reuse Programs on Campus

  • The Free Bench: In this time-honored tradition, Reedies leave things they no longer want on the bench located outside of the bookstore and on the "Bio Free Table" located on the 100-level of the biology building.
  • The Recycling Center Free Shelf: Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to reuse any items in Reed's Recycling Center located in the basement of Commons. In addition to collecting nearly every type of trash and recyclable item, the center has a labeled shelf for free donation items, and there is a packing material area that has a supply of boxes and envelopes.
  • The Infoshoppe Leftovers: The Infoshoppe, located in the basement of Commons, is a shared lounge and workspace for students and clubs that also serves as a substance-free chill spot during dances and other events. Stocked with generations of leftover art and office supplies, it can be a great free resource for your club needs. 
  • Donating Move-out Items: Students can bring unwanted room items and clothing to Reed's end-of-year item swaps organized by students.

Buying Used in Portland 

  • “The Bins” is a Goodwill pay-by-the-pound outlet on Ochoco Street in Sellwood with extremely cheap clothing, furniture, books, electronics, and household goods. There are more thrift shops nearby in Woodstock and Sellwood. Tip: buy shirts at the Bins when you need to print t-shirts for your club. 
  • Scrap is a second-hand craft store right off W Burnside. Volunteers get 20% off a purchase each time they volunteer. They also accept donations of a wide variety of materials.
  • The Rebuilding Center is a second-hand building materials store and education center. They sell building supplies, tools, furniture, and much more! They also offer classes on DIY home repair. They accept donations of many different materials.
  • Community Warehouse is a furniture bank that collects furniture and gives it to those in need. They also have an estate store in NE Portland.
  • Reclaim It! is a second-hand furniture and tools store in NE Portland.