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Donation Connections in NYC

Today, it is easier than ever to make the connection between donor and recipient for food or textiles in New York City. The city’s Department of Sanitation is actively working with small businesses and non-profit organizations to make these connections possible and to create more just like it. These efforts are under their organization donateNYC.

DonateNYC had their first NYCxReuse Conference, Expo, and Community Fest event this past June where Stay Blooming was an attendee. The Conference (Q&A panels), Expo (tabling and workshops), and Community Fest (networking) showcased businesses and organizations as well as the work they are actively doing for the reuse community within NYC.

Common things like food/furniture donations and textile reuse were the highlighted topics during panelist Q&As. Both of which will be highlighted here as well since the donateNYC donating system is more efficient and can be used more readily.

Here are the same resources for you!

donateNYC Exchange—The exchange makes it possible for businesses and non-profit organizations to gain access to used items and “exchange” them if you will. The platform connects groups that have unwanted furniture, supplies, cabinets, books, etc. to groups that are looking for those items specifically. Thus maximizing the use out of items/materials before they are scrapped or considered trash.

Image source: donateNYC
Here are some currently available items at the donateNYC Exchange.
Note: These items are only available for businesses and non-profit organizations.

donateNYC Food Portal—This portal allows users to give away leftover edible food as well as gain access to donated food. This program reduces the amount of organic waste that accumulates in trash or landfills. Thus decreasing the overall amount of organic waste that decomposes and prevents some New Yorkers from going hungry.

Image source: donateNYC

DSNY Textile/Clothing Drop-Off—This website serves as a location tool for donating used clothing and textiles drop-off sites. This helps to repurpose the fabrics and scraps that are leftover from making brand new garments as well as reusing fabrics from garments that have lived their life. Thus keeping a good amount of textiles out of the waste stream. Their drop-off map is below.

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All of the drop-off sites for clothing and textiles across the city.

We can definitely call this an attempt to encourage a circular economy in the big apple. What is a circular economy? It is a system that works towards reducing waste through reuse and maximizing resources. This type of system is great for the environment and can also involve repairing items, investing in eco-friendly infrastructure, improving recycling, upcycling items, reusing parts of an item, and more—all of which to achieve a waste-free way of living.

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Igloo’s “RECOOL” Box Opening

Igloo Coolers sent Stay Blooming their new RECOOL cooler to try out. This is the first biodegradable cooler on the market and is made entirely of molded pulp in the USA. The intention of this cooler is to replace the styrofoam coolers that have been commonly used to keep food and drinks cold. The RECOOL cooler is water resistant, can hold water for up to 5 days, and can retain ice for up to 12 hours. The company even claims it can carry up to 75 pounds without breaking. After use, let it dry out and reuse. It is that simple.

The best part about this cooler is that it will biodegrade if it is littered or left out in the environment for a long time. Styrofoam is already being banned in many places, so finding a replacement for those picnics and BBQs will now be easier than ever before. We are in no way condoning in the behavior of littering but this is a necessary alternative to styrofoam and plastic.

As shown in the video above, they also sent over a reusable tote bag (of decent size), reusable bamboo cutlery, reusable bamboo plates, and a bamboo USB flash drive (plastic-free!). The reusable cutlery and bamboo plates can also be composted which is something to embrace about bamboo products. This is not a paid ad. Stay Blooming is here to learn and teach about alternatives so that we can truly welcome sustainable living.

The reusable biodegradable RECOOL Igloo cooler filled with goodies.
Image courtesy of Igloo Coolers.

If you are looking for a way to keep your perishables cool during picnics, BBQs, and other warm weather outings, be sure to grab one of these. It is reliable and there is no plastic to feel guilty about later.

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NYC Earth Day Cleanups

Are you getting ready for Earth Day weekend? Earth Day is on April 22nd, the weekend we speak of is April 20th to 21st. If you live in NYC (or are visiting) then here are 2 cleanup events that we are organizing or facilitating. These events will make you realize your power as a human and as a community. You will leave feeling like a steward for the environment.

This is Stay Blooming’s first ever cleanup event taking place at Ferry Point Park in Bronx, NY. It is in collaboration with Marjorie Velazquez of the borough. We put this event together to bring people into this lesser known park. It has a lot of visitors during the warmer months and is mostly used for its soccer fields and fourth of July views. Although there are plans for the MTA Ferry to service this part of the Bronx in 2021, the park can still use a lot of attention with its growing usage.

The second is a Veggie Mijas event that I am organizing and walking through. This even includes a mini recycling lesson and requires participants to RSVP beforehand. I organized the event to take place in Pelham Bay Park as it is a local park that I frequented growing up. It also features a bunch of back trails that are good for hiking and riding bike. Although this is a well known park and a well known area, the back trails do not get cleaned up like the BBQ sections and picnicking parts of the park.


The purpose of getting involved for Earth Day weekend is to learn how to treat out earth better. It is to raise awareness for issues like pollution, overconsumption, and climate change. When we are able to act out good deeds that promote a positive trajectory for our earth, then we are making that positive future more likely. Raising awareness can be teaching a workshop, a cleanup, community gardening, etc. The scale of the awareness does not matter, it only matters that it is happening. That

If you have any questions that cannot be answered with the above fliers and information, please email me at alyssa@stayblooming.com.

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Shop’s Grand Reopening

The wait is over!
We are happy to announce the grand reopening of the Stay Blooming Shop.

The Shop is now stocked with a bunch of new ecofriendly items to choose from. All of these items have been hand selected with special attention to how it returns to the environment. The goods we sell are great alternatives to things we commonly use. Instead of a harsh laundry detergents, try our gentle soapnuts. Instead of disposable razors, try our endlessly reusable shavers. Instead of plastic bags, try our tote bag that spreads a plastic-free message. When our goods are used responsibly, they prevent pollution and enhance your ecoconsciousness. Check out some of the new items below:

Along with the stocking of new goods, we have also updated the customer’s shopping experience. You can now add items to your cart and pay for them altogether. Additionally, there are more options when checking out that makes payment a breeze. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or even a suggestion, please send an email to shop@stayblooming.com.

Visit the Shop now!