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Internships Available


May 07, 2013
Want to learn from social entrepreneurs, build your portfolio and have some fun this summer? Apply for one of our four summer internships in:

  • Video & Multimedia Production – Training, Educational and Promotional Video
  • Social Media & Internet Marketing  
  • Business / Customer Experience Analyst
  • Reclaimed Building Materials Brokering & Consulting


Internships begin June 3rd - August 5th (negotiable). Benefits include:
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate part-time job
  • Office in a downtown KC Crossroads neighborhood entrepreneurship incubator
  • Work in a dynamic start-up environment
  • Regular hours for on-site collaboration/instruction
  • Possible travel
  • Professional growth
  • Building your resume/portfolio
  • Gaining relevant career/industry experience and confidence   
Candidates should have relevant educational background and/or experience.  

To apply please submit to Willow Lundgren at
  • A professional resume
  • Cover letter (include one of your most entertaining special skills e.g.  crab-walking, plate-spinning, best celebrity impression) - skill must be unrelated to this role
  • Relevant sample(s) of your work (bonus points awarded -- for real)

The House (and Brewery and School and Office Building) of the Future


April 29, 2013

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently announced its annual list of the greenest buildings, sending the eco-design enthusiasts among us into prolonged daydreams of reclaimed timber and geothermal heating.

The winners, a varied crop ranging from a civil engineer building to an apartment complex for seniors, embody the AIA's commitment to rethinking the way we interact with our built environments, public and private, commercial and residential. Easy on the eyes, as well as the environment, these buildings serve as a great example of what can happen when we design with the future in mind.  

Check out this great article over at for more on the competition and to see the winners up close. Warning: images may cause excessive drooling.  

Posted by: Sarah

Earth Day 2013


March 19, 2013
April 22nd is Earth Day.  It's a day to celebrate this little planet of ours and come together in service.  At PlanetReuse, we are excited to team up with Sprint to inspire and educate Sprint Employees on the importance of protecting the environment.  

Stop by and see our booth, where we'll be discussing the important of reuse, and how you can get involved in the Reuse Revolution. Below is more information on the event. We hope you'll join us as we work together towards a more sustainable future for everyone.  

And the Survey Says...


March 07, 2013

A big thanks to the 65 Habitat ReStores who participated in our survey conducted between January 15th and March 5th! Below are findings. But first...

...haven't weighed in, but would like to? Please add your voice to the ReStore survey here. There you can also confirm your free listing on the PlanetReuse Marketplace Store Finder.

The results based on 65 reuse center respondents: 
  • The three most important aspects of managing a successful reuse center are:
    • increasing donations (88% of respondents)
    • marketing to increase awareness among shoppers (54%)
    • processing and stocking donations (26%)
  • When it comes to increasing awareness among shoppers online, sites most relied on are:
    • Facebook (89%)   
    • Craigslist (80%)
    • Store website (63%)
    • Twitter (35%) 
    • Pinterest (23%)
    • DiggersList (27%)
  • The average number of items posted online per month includes:
    • Up to 10 items (31% of respondents)
    • 10 to 25 items (29%)
    • 25 to 50 items (26%)
    • 50 to 100 items (12%)
    • More than 100 items (2%)
  • What percentage of respondents track their inventory?
    • 46% do not track inventory
    • 34% track some or all of their inventory   
    • 20% track most or all of their inventory 
    • 14% track inventory for only a few items
    • 12% do not track inventory, but would like to
  • Point-of-sale system used by respondents are:
    • 57% use a cash register
    • 29% use QuickBooks Point-of-Sale
    • 18% use "Other"
  • Accounting software used by respondents are:
    • 62% use Quickbooks Desktop for Windows / PC
    • 25% use "Other"
    • 12% use Quickbooks Online
    •   2% use Quickbooks Desktop for Mac
  • Are respondents' accounting system integrated with their POS system?
    • 42% manually enter sales data into accounting software
    • 23% manually enter sales data into an Excel or CSV file and then importing it into accounting software
    • 17% use a POS system that directly syncs with their accounting software
    •   8% export sales data from their POS and import it into accounting software
  • Do respondents sell items online?
    • 68% do not process payments online
    • 11% do  not process payments online, but would like to
    •   9% have an e-commerce site and process payments online
  • Are respondents interested in free webinars? (Selecting more than one checkbox was allowed)
    •  7 respondents were interested in How to start a Facebook page for your reuse center
    • 48 respondents were interested in How to use Facebook to Increase Donations and Sales for your Reuse Center
    • 18 marked "Other"
  • Will a representative from reuse centers participating in the survey attend the Habitat for Humanity International Affiliates Conference?
    • 34% Yes
    • 34% No
    • 29% Not sure
    •   3% "Other"
Thanks again for participating in our survey!

PlanetReuse makes Oprah Magazine's list of "Where to Get Rid of Anything


February 28, 2013
We were delighted to be included in the Oprah Magazine list of "Where to Get Rid of Anything." We love Oprah's publicizing of responsible ways to depose of everything from clothing to old toys to building materials. 

"Reclaimed wood is in demand for use in eco-friendly construction projects. Log on to PlanetReuse to offer up detritus produced by your home renovation, including lighting fixtures and garden furniture, to other builders or homeowners." 

Read more:

Thanks for the shoutout, Ms. O! 

Calling All ReUse Centers!


February 26, 2013

Help boost awareness about the reuse industry and YOUR reuse center by:

Confirming your free Store Finder listing and
participating in a quick 10 question survey.

Since 2008, PlanetReuse has been working with construction and demolition professionals to reuse commercial building materials and keep them out of the landfill. This year, PlanetReuse launched PlanetReuse Marketplace, a website that connects residential reusers with reuse centers. By showcasing reuse centers and their inventories online, PlanetReuse Marketplace is making it easier for everyone to help reduce construction and demolition waste from 40% to 30% by 2020! 

In this month’s Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) newsletter, PlanetReuse Marketplace and the BMRA are asking reuse centers…

  • What are the most important aspects of managing a successful reuse center?  
  • What websites help draw new reusers to your front door? 
  • What business tools are you using to maximize your impact?
Know other reuse centers in your area?  Please forward this message to them.

Not a reuse center, but interested in survey findings? 

Results of this survey will be published for all members in an upcoming BMRA e-news bulletin and discussed at DECON'13 in Seattle.

Thanks for spreading the word!  

Silicon Prairie News Profiles Nathan Benjamin as Founder Friday


January 25, 2013

PlanetReuse Founder and CEO Nathan Benjamin was featured as Silicon Prairie News' Founder Friday. Nathan described his ethos for entrepreneurship, creating a company culture that fosters innovation and the importance of ping pong.  

Read more about Nathan's views on startups, staff and a work-life balance: 

From Extra to Extraordinary: Thanksgiving Leftovers


November 26, 2012
Welcome back!  What a wonderful long weekend it was, filled to the brim with family, friends and so…much…food.  Now that the Tryptophan coma has worn off, are you wondering what to do with the leftovers, both of the decorative and delicious varieties?  We’ve rounded up some great tips on how to recycle, repurpose and reuse those Turkey Day extras (If what you have leftover is green bean casserole, just send it this way, I’ll make sure it goes to a good home).

If you have leftover Food:

    • 2 cups vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
    • 1⁄3 cup milk
    • 1⁄4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon

Slice cold baked pumpkin pie, cut into chunks (from 9-inch pie)
Whipped cream, if desired
Cinnamon sticks, if desired
In blender, place ice cream and milk. 

Cover and blend on high speed until smooth and creamy. 

Add pie chunks; cover and blend until smooth, stopping blender to scrape down sides if necessary. 

Pour into 2 glasses; top with sweetened whipped cream and pecans. 

Serve immediately. (For future shakes, individually wrap pie slices and store in freezer).

    •   2 cups self-rising flour
    •   2 cups sugar
    •   2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    •   1 egg
    •   2 cups leftover sweet potatoes, from  casserole
    •   3⁄4 cup canola oil

    •   1 cup confectioners’ sugar
    •   2 tbsp plus 1-1⁄2 tsp Milk    
    •   11⁄2 teaspoons butter, melted
    •   1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    •   1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar and cinnamon. 
In another bowl, whisk the egg, sweet potatoes and oil. 
Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
Fill greased muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm muffins. Yield: 2 dozen. Courtesy of Canton Rep News

If you have leftover Pie Tins:

If you have leftover cans:

A Thankful Heart


November 16, 2012

Thanksgiving is next week, can you believe it?  For us, this holiday is a reminder to stop and appreciate everything in our lives.  Sometimes it's tough, during our hectic day-to-day routines, to pause, look around, and be thankful for all that we have.  Friends, family, work that we are passionate call ourselves lucky is an understatement.  

In the spirit of being grateful, we’re happy to present a few of our favorite Thanksgiving projects from around the web that reuse, repurpose or upcycle materials.  Yesterday was America Recycles Day, which reminded us of the importance of using what we already have around us, helping conserve money, resources and the environment.  

These hand made items are sure to give your holiday a unique and personal touch. Enjoy, and here’s wishing you a very happy holiday!
Food for thought: what are you thankful for?

Paint leftover pumpkins from Halloween for an eclectic display

Create a pretty centerpiece with reused jars and cutout letters
Dress up your drinks with this simple DIY

Add a pop of color to your holiday napkins

And this one's just for fun.  
Photo credits:

Last Minute DIYs for a Spookily Stylish Halloween!


October 30, 2012
Tomorrow is halloween - do you have your costumes assembled, treats baked and decorations made? If not, it's ghoul...I mean cool, we've got you covered!  

Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite DIY tricks and tips from around the web, from masks to decor to delicious snacks.  With  projects made with items you can find around your house, these how to's are easy on the eyes, and the wallet (not to mention the environment).  They are sure to turn your Wednesday night into a monster mash.  Here's wishing you a frighteningly fun holiday!

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