Reuse & Renewables

Putting things to better use

Why this matters?

Our goal here (in fact our entire Mission) is to link surplus with needs.

Daily around the world, so many useful items and materials are mixed and dumped simply because the triage infrastructure is not in place. By sorting, reusing, repairing and recycling goods, everyone consumes less raw resources.

Promotion of naturally abundant renewable energy also needs public and government partnerships and engagement.

These can all help to reduce carbon emissions and off-gassing landfills, reversing global warming trends.


The Hum Sum and Excess Access

Our  Excess Access has become the Free Exchange on our Global Community – The Hum Sum. This free, online, mobile-friendly, wish list and donation matching system is available to everyone. It automatically links business, nonprofit, and household item and material gifts with requests from nearby recipients who can pick up or accept drop-offs. There are also opportunities to post green jobs like repairs and delivery as well as volunteer needs and funding.



Wrap Star Program

The Wrap Star Program promotes reduction and use of compostable materials. Most manufacturers use too much packaging for their products. Let’s band together to encourage companies to rethink their choices. If the public chooses to buy products that are packaged in an environmentally friendly way…


Experts' Workbench

The Experts’ Workbench is a permanent, living exhibit at our Eco-Hub in San Francisco. We host artisans from many sectors to bring their daily work to our Experts’ Workbench where they give demonstrations and hands-on instruction.


Solar + Storage for Resilience

There are over 6,000 photovoltaic systems installed on homes and businesses throughout San Francisco that will, for safety reasons, stop generating power when the grid is lost during an earthquake or storm event. Matter of Trust is the fiscal sponsor for this joint project led by the San Francisco Department of the Environment and funded by the US Department of Energy.


The Black Inmate Commissary Fund

The Black Inmate Commissary Fund (BICF) is built upon the foundation of abolition of the current carceral state, which disproportionately affects Black communities. BICF’s mission is to divest from the current carceral state by reinvesting in the Black incarcerated community through building agency, equity, opportunity, rehabilitation, and restorative justice.