The Responsibility of Discarding Materials Belongs to Everyone

Metropolis Magazine, August 2012

Rose Tourje is the founder and president of the nonprofit ANEW Foundation, whose catchphrase “doing what’s right with what’s left” sums up the organization’s sustainable mission. ANEW helps streamline the process of finding homes for used or surplus furniture, building materials, and office miscellany. By taking the cast-offs from office remodels or manufacturers’ discontinued product lines and placing them with organizations—mostly other nonprofits or public agencies—that need the materials but don’t have the budget to buy everything brand-new, ANEW helps reduce landfill waste and extends the life cycle of systems furniture that many companies treat as disposable.

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