For the past few weeks we have been sharing with you tips on how you can reduce waste (i.e., canceling junk mail, turning off the water when you brush your teeth, etc.).

Another environmentally  responsible, sound practice that will help our environment is to reuse manufactured items. Don’t throw them away!

When you donate, cycle out items to friends & family to use, or buy used items, you do a lot more than reduce your consumption footprint.


Donating & buying used goods:

  • keeps waste out of our landfills;
  • reduces the amount of resources needed to manufacture new products;
  • helps save you money. There are an abundant supply of merchandise that are in great condition (some never used) at more than reasonable prices;
  • may help local charities, non-profits and community fundraisers (i.e., thrift stores, school/community garage sale, etc.).

Interested in making a donation or doing a little shopping? Here are some thrift stores you can donate and shop at (in alpha order):

Assistance League Hawai‘i

Goodwill Hawaiʻi

Honolulu Habitat for Humanity – ReStore

Salvation Army


UH Mānoa Women’s Center Thrift Shop

If you are interested in donating, but are too busy to drop off your items, here is a list of organizations that will pick up the donations from your house (in alpha order):

Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation

Helping Hands Hawai‘i – Community Clearinghouse Donation Center


National Kidney Foundation

United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawai‘i

Is your car a hunk of junk? Don’t dump it! Don’t junk it! Donate it! There are local organizations that will accept used cars as a donation. Here is a list of a few (in alpha order):

Kidney Cars

Kokua in Kind

Make a Wish Foundation

When we “hand down” usable materials or donate them to our favorite thrift store we reduce the amount of waste in our landfills. When we are “thrifty shoppers” we reduce the money we spend. Now that is a win-win situation!