Everyone wants to gift their loved ones something special. This is why Northeastern University’s Trash2Treasure annual sale is a huge success. All the items for sale here are donated by the students when they move out after the semester. The sale is aimed at promoting a lifestyle that is non-wasteful and educating students about a proper way to dispose, recycle, and reuse the items. The prices for the items are extremely pocket-friendly and can be purchased using either Husky Dollars or cash.
Organiser Caroline Angele says that so much of things get thrown away every year when it doesn’t have to and the Trash2Treasure sale hopes to address exactly this. The money that gets collected with the sale goes to the volunteers who helped organise it, with all the excessive items that are not sold over the weekend donated to charitable organisations in the Greater Boston area.
“You could go out somewhere and buy a desk lamp for $10, or you could get it here for $1.”, says Angele, who has volunteered for the endeavour since her freshman year. This explains the excessive rush at the sale. While the sale starts only at 10 a.m., such is the demand that people start lining up from as early as 6 in the morning. From vinyl records to a tent, from a pirate hat to a bicycle seat, this is one stop solution for that out-of-the-box gift you are looking for your beloved.
Trash2Treasure comes with an interesting concept in mind. With not enough plots for garbage dumping and not enough scientifically advanced waste management systems in place, such a venture helps remove the excessive production of waste on the one hand while reducing unnecessary consumption of new products on the other. Above everything else, it promotes the idea of reuse that the societies of today need urgently.
N Malavika Mohan