Be Resourceful

Albert with Acorn Be Resourceful

"Be Resourceful" is about making simple changes to help you save money, support your community, conserve natural resources, and enjoy more time with friends and family. By making simple changes in our everyday choices, we can consume in ways that benefit ourselves, our families, and our community. Be Resourceful was developed to give Flagstaff residents tools for reducing waste: how to take action and where to find resources.

This resource page focuses on four areas: 

  • Borrow and Share
  • Buy Smart
  • Fix and Maintain
  • Reuse

Are we missing a resource? Email us to let us know.

Thank you to the City of Portland, Oregon for providing the program research and information for the Be Resourceful website!

Donate, Don't Ditch

Make sure your unwanted items get another life. Donate your items to one of the many businesses and organizations that accept them for reuse. Find a list of options for donating your items responsibly here.

Buy Smart: Create Memories Instead of Excess Stuff by Planning Ahead

With simple planning and creative thinking, there are many ways to buy smart and still get what you need. Planning ahead also helps you be more efficient, freeing up time to spend with family and friends, or enjoying new experiences.

Start with a little planning before you head out to the store - for groceries, clothes or gifts. Make a list, then "shop" your cupboards and closets first, crossing off the items you already have on hand. At the store, stick to your list.

Choose quality, durable products rather than disposable items. There are many alternatives available these days, from old-school ways (like Mason jar drinking glasses) to modern technology (such as stainless steel canteens), that allow you as a consumer to make the right choice for yourself and your family.

Think outside the gift box. Who doesn't love show tickets or getting a special spa service? Gifts of experiences (rather than stuff) offer loved ones a chance for a memorable outing, and removes the potential for pressure to find room for something they may not need.

Reuse: Choose Second Hand, Salvage & Vintage or Repurpose Something Old into a New Creation

Upcycled or repurposed, second hand, salvage and vintage - all of these words essentially mean reuse, and doing so can save you money and space and avoid waste.

Need clothes, storage solutions, back-to-school supplies or craft materials? Many of these items can easily be found at second-hand stores. With a little creativity or help from a tailor, cobbler or handyperson, you may be able to turn your give-away pile into usable goods (and then donate what's left).

Explore Flagstaff's second-hand stores to find new-to-you clothing, furniture, electronics, household or craft items, salvage building materials and more.

View community reuse resources.

Borrow & Share: Cut down on Clutter by Borrowing, Sharing, Swapping & Renting Items

When we share more, we also consume less. And by doing so, we reduce our clutter and free up space. Sharing can be as simple as loaning a specialty baking pan to your neighbor, organizing a clothing swap with your friends, or even checking out books from the library rather than buying any of these items new. Borrowing and sharing also helps build community by fostering connections with neighbors and friends, which makes better place for all of us. What does sharing mean to you?

View community borrow and share resources.

Fix & Maintain: Expand the Life of Your Stuff with Basic Maintenance & Repair

Fixing and maintaining empowers and educates people to look more closely at the goods they own or buy. Choosing items for durability and repairability (such as shoes that can have the soles replaced when they become worn) extends the life of your stuff, saving you money while reducing waste.

Maintenance and repair can be easy, too. If you're a do-it-yourselfer, how-to classes and online tutorials can help you improve your sewing, bike or home repair skills quickly. There are also community resources, such Fix it Clinic, and local repair shops that can fix anything from clothing and shoes, to furniture, tools, electronics, appliances and more!

View community fix and maintain resources.


Neither the Be Resourceful program nor any of its partners endorse a particular business, company or any organization through the Be Resourceful website. Neither the Be Resourceful program nor any of its partners make any warranty, expressed or implied, or assume any legal liability or responsibility, for the businesses, organizations, products or processes identified or disclosed in the Be Resourceful website.

The Be Resourceful website shares resources in a variety of ways, including blog posts, web and map resources and how-to information that fit into the Be Resourceful program categories of buying smart, reusing, borrowing and sharing, and fixing and maintaining. The resources shared through the Be Resourceful website and program materials are meant to show a representation of both small and large for-profit, nonprofit and grassroots organizations, companies and businesses across a wide geographic area of Flagstaff.

By providing this community service, the Be Resourceful program and its partners take no responsibility for the quality of customer service provided by any companies, businesses or organizations identified in Be Resourceful. The following links are resources to help residents and visitors to Flagstaff become smarter consumers: Better Business Bureau.