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4619 N. Ravenswood Ave., Ste 305
Chicago, IL 60640


We are a multidisciplinary innovation studio working with diverse partners to understand sustainability challenges and identify holistic, resilient solutions, and we are committed to training the next generation of leaders.


Insights, inspiration and opportunities to create a more vibrant and resilient future.

RESOURCE: Guide to Responsible Tidying

Peter Nicholson

Open Books
Two locations; a nonprofit used book vendor supporting literacy programs; also takes CDs!
Uncharted Books 
A great used bookstore in Logan Square; purchases volumes in good condition during certain hours only.
Chicago Books to Women in Prison
Fulfills incarcerated women's direct requests for reading material; check website for some of their specific donation needs. 

Resale Store:
Brown Elephant
Three locations; proceeds support Howard Brown Health.

Computer & Household Chemicals:
City of Chicago Goose Island Recycling Center (1150 North Branch Street) 

47th Ward Alderman’s Office
As a public service, collects and donates them to local animal shelters.

Random stuff:
Craigslist (Free Stuff section)
Assuming you don't want to sell it, items can be posted under the “free” link in the “for sale” section. I’ve used it to quickly recycle everything from moving boxes to filing cabinets and usually had multiple responses willing to come to me within minutes.

Chicago Freecycle Network 
The names says it all. I haven’t personally used this resource but one of my reader’s suggested it.

Want more information, or still don’t know where to turn?

City of Chicago Recycling Information
All the basics about the City's recycling policies and services, whether residential or commercial.
What exactly is accepted in Chicago’s Blue Carts? (Not #6 plastics!) Here’s the list.

Earth 911
One of North America’s most extensive recycling databases. Easily searchable by material and zip code.

Chicago Recycling Coalition
Advocates for more robust recycling, the organization’s website has local recycling news and some resources.