It all started in the end of an academic year, when a young freshman on a campus, named Alex, walked out of hir dorm, about to move out, and saw a fucon in a dumpster. He thought he could take it for his new apartment, since it looked brand new and there was no reason for it to be thrown out. When approaching the dumpster, he noticed that the fucon was not the only thing that looked unused in there.
Hunderds of college freshmen across the US live in dorms for their first year, at the end of which they empty their rooms and no longer need a lot of their stuff. When this day comes, the usual solution is to throw much away. This, of course, is not only a problem in the US – students across the world rent flats or move into dorms, which they will only use for the period of their studies, and when these end, all the things that they bought are thrown away, as it is too expensive to move them back home.
To battle this program, the Student-led organisation called Trash2Treasure was founded by that young freshman, which encourages students to not throw away items they will no longer use, but to donate them as second-hand. Based on this, another student organisation grew across the US, with the name Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) applied the same idea to a quite larger range of used material. They organised groups of students in various campuses, that work on recycling -from compost to clothes. PLAN’s goal is to create, what they call, a student-led zero waste movement.
This example set by Alex and his new found futon, is a great one for many other countries to follow.