Reuse Tompkins Online Directory Launched!

Get Your GreenBack Tompkins just launched an online directory of 40 reuse and secondhand stores in Tompkins County...


Tompkins County, NY, July 9th, 2014: Get Your GreenBack Tompkins just launched, an online directory of 40 reuse and secondhand stores in Tompkins County.

The website provides a one-stop location for all stores in our area that sell secondhand items. Users can discover the growing reuse industry in our county and take advantage of the savings by visiting these local stores. This directory was created by Get Your GreenBack Tompkins in partnership with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County to showcase the wealth of stores in Tompkins County that sell an assortment of used items. According to Karim Beers, director of Get Your GreenBack Tompkins campaign, “We found that most people had heard of some of the stores, but everybody was surprised by the number and variety of secondhand stores that we have available to us.”

The goal of the website is to promote reuse culture in Tompkins County. Purchasing secondhand items is good for your pocketbook, uses no additional natural resources and keeps material out of landfills. According to the National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops, $200 billion dollars of revenue is being generated from reuse stores in the US. This money creates jobs, and contributes to maintaining a healthy local economy. Secondhand shopping also reduces our carbon footprint, as manufacturing new goods is very energy and pollution intensive. Locally, reuse stores employ over 100 people, and keep 100s of tons of valuable resources out of the landfills. They also keep more money local, as most are locally owned, and source locally. According to Kelly Moreland, owner of Mama Goose in Ithaca’s West End, $84 out of $100 spent at their store stays local.

Collectively, the stores in this directory provide significant support to our community's effort to build an ecologically sound and socially just local economy.

Get Your GreenBack Tompkins is a community-based campaign to inspire all 42,000 households and every business in Tompkins County to take meaningful steps to save energy and money in the areas of Food, Building Heat & Lighting, Transportation, and Waste.

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