Sustainable shopping


May 10, 2022 – Members of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health community got the chance to “shop” for free stuff—clothes, shoes, kitchen items, accessories, and electronics—while helping keep useable items out of landfills, at the recent Harvard Chan Freecycle event.

Held March 30–31 and April 27–28 in the Kresge Building’s Rosenau Atrium, the event was aimed at promoting the reduction, reuse, upcycling, and recycling of useable items, according to Jessica Lin, SM ’22, vice president of academic affairs for the Harvard Chan Student Association (HCSA). Organizers of the event included the HCSA, the Office for Student Affairs, the Financial Health Resource Group, the Harvard Office for Sustainability, the Harvard University Employees Credit Union, and EcoOpportunity (Harvard Longwood Campus Green Team).

Remaining items from the event went to local nonprofits.

“Overall, the event was a huge success,” said Lin. “I’m happy we also got to give back to the community in the process.”

Grace Headrick

photos: Kent Dayton