Fall in re-love

August 29, 2014

Special event offers university community opportunity to provide new homes for gently used items

What’s old is new again at MacEwan University’s first community-wide Re-Love Market. Unwanted and gently used items are awaiting new homes, and from September 6 to 7, students, staff, faculty and the downtown community will be able to find new love with old items.

Over the summer months, the Office of Sustainability and the Sustainable Campus International Competition (SCIC) team behind the idea have been collecting clothing, furniture, electronics, office supplies and housewares from Residence. These items will be up for sale at the Re-Love Market, which people can attend by paying an entry fee ($5) or by becoming a “swapper” (by bringing one or two unwanted items to the market to be re-loved).

“Re-love is taking something that’s unwanted and making it wanted, or loved, again,” explains Chantal Beaudoin, head of Sustainability. Consider the “rethink, reduce, reuse and recycle” hierarchy – relove is a combination of rethink, reduce and reuse. “By re-loving an item, you’re putting it back in the economy and avoiding the purchase of new items and the resources that go into creating them.”

The re-love idea was inspired by the Reuse Guide in Halls of Residence published by the London School of Economics, and the on-campus market idea was developed by a team of students (Jon Heinz, Margaret Szava-Kovats, Christopher Dean, Nicole Tupechka and Akshya Boopalan) who were named finalists in this year’s Sustainable Campus International Competition. As part of their business case, the team will be evaluating the impact of the market because, Chantal explains, every tonne of reused items equals nine tonnes of saved carbon dioxide emissions.

Items that don’t find love by the end of the market weekend will be saved for future re-love events or donated to local charities.

For information on how to volunteer, shop or swap items, visit the Re-love Market Facebook event.

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