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A new Metro Vancouver app will do your Christmas shopping for you.

Well, not really, but the regional government’s Merry Memory Maker app is bursting with dozens of creative ideas that could prevent you from aimlessly wandering the malls in search of something special. The ideas for experienced-based or long-lasting gifts are designed to reduce waste and garbage.

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are home and building supply stores that accept and resell quality new and used building materials. Shopping at a Habitat ReStore is a socially conscious decision, as funds generated are used to fund local Habitat for Humanity homebuilding projects. As well, shopping at a Habitat ReStore is an environmentally conscious decision, as much of what is sold is product that is new, gently used or customer returns that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields.

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,306 groups with 9,128,842 members around the world, and next door to you. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and neighborhoods. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills

Join the sharing economy!  Why buy something you don’t need all the time when you can borrow it for a fraction of the cost!  Chainsaws tents, tables for a party – these aren’t everyday items, why don’t we share them instead of owing our own?  This will save resources, money and space in your house!

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