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4 Resources You Need to Stay on Top of Reuse, Refill, and the Milkman Model

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Daniel Velez
Daniel Velez
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4 Resources You Need to Stay on Top of Reuse, Refill, and the Milkman Model
4 Resources You Need to Stay on Top of Reuse, Refill, and the Milkman Model

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Are you looking to start a reuse business? Or maybe just find one near you? Wondering where to begin?

Look no further. I've scoured the internet and these are the four best global resources to keep up on the latest from reuse organizations.

Living Landscape of Reusable Solutions

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Living Landscape of Reusable Solutions

Moss & Mollusk Consulting created the most comprehensive database of reuse, comprised of thorough research and exhaustive data collection. According to their data, 61% of customers are washing reusable items and 52% of organizations have no fee, deposit, or penalty for not returning reusable items. I would have thought that few customers were washing reusable items and almost all businesses required a deposit, but the data says otherwise.

Browsing their database should give you some inspiration.

Living Landscape of Reusable Solutions
Database Solution,Organization ,Website,Name(s) of picture(s) saved in folder,Type of Solution,Solution Sub-Category ,What is this a solution for (Sachets, Small Plastics, Rigid Plastics, Cardboard/ Wood, Disposable Foodware)?,Solution Description,Organization Description (Mission Statement),E...
Living Landscape of Reusable Solutions

In addition to the database, I’d encourage you to subscribe to their comprehensive newsletter that includes reuse news, interviews, investment updates, and more.

Upstream Solutions

Reuse Services and Business Directory — Upstream | Sparking innovative solutions to plastic pollution
These systems and services provide ways for consumers to obtain products, mostly food and beverages, in returnable reusable or refillable packaging – or they deliver products to consumers unpackaged altogether.
Upstream Reuse Services and Business Directory

Reuse nonprofit Upstream Solutions (full disclosure: I sit on their board) has a wonderful reuse directory. It's not as exhaustive as the Living Landscape directory, but it's user-friendly and has an interactive map. In addition to the reuse directory, Upstream also has a network of community coalitions to join, such as Reusable Columbus, Reusable Reno, or Reusable Austin. If there isn't a coalition in your area, you can start your own.

Community Coalitions — Upstream | Sparking innovative solutions to plastic pollution
Start Your Own Reuse Coalition

Upstream is the leader in reuse. They work on policy, host a podcast, conduct livestreams, publish a newsletter, and more. Their latest livestream involved a panel discussion with experts in the industry discussing reuse at events.

Upstream also hosts the next resource on this list...

The Reusies

The Reusies
Introducing The Reusies® the first ever National Reuse Awards™. Coming to you by livestream in September, 2021.

The Reusies are "The Oscars of the Reuse Movement" —a professionally produced award show for the reuse movement.

Last year’s award winners:

The award winners are selected by industry expert judges. The 2021 panel included Lauren Singer (CEO of Package Free Shop), William McDonough (Author of Cradle to Cradle), and Erin Simon (World Wildlife Fund).

Want to discover the latest and best companies in reuse? Find them at the 2022 Reusies!

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is the world's thought leader on the circular economy. In 2019, they published a fantastic report on reusable packaging, which you can find here:

Reuse – rethinking packaging
Converting 20% of plastic packaging into reuse models is a USD 10 billion business opportunity that benefits customers and represents a crucial element in the quest to eliminate plastic waste and pollution.

The report is easy to read and provides useful graphics. It includes a comprehensive list of reuse companies divided into four different categories: refill at home, refill on the go, return from home, and return on the go.

These four resources will give you a great springboard to learn more about reuse companies anywhere around the world, and to stay up to date on all their latest news and data.


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Daniel is building the future of reuse. His last venture, Growly Delivers, delivered local beer in returnable high-tech growlers. What will he do next?