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Off the Curb, Inc. believes there are 4 Stages of furniture waste reduction. The first stage is repair.


How Do We Define Repair?


Repaired items are items you already own, items that have wear and tear and/or breakage but are still usable and wanted. These are items that you fix or someone else fixes, and you continue to use the items in their usual manner.


Simple At-Home Fixes


Scratches


· Crayon fill (use a blow dryer to melt the crayon into the scratch; buff away excess)

· Very strong coffee (apply with cotton ball or rag)

· Shoe polish (apply with soft cloth)

· Peanut butter (leave it on for an hour, and then buff off)

· Petroleum Jelly (leave it overnight, and then buff off)


Water Marks


Note: White rings can usually be handled at home. Dark rings usually mean the damage is deeper and professional refinishing is warranted.


· Mayo (leave on for at least an hour and up to overnight)

· Table salt over the spot (rub it out with a cloth that's been moistened with mineral or lemon oil)



Worn and/or Torn Leather


· Restore with saddle soap or neatsfoot oil

· Repair torn leather with a neoprene rubber adhesive (contact cement) placed under the flap of the tear. Smooth the wrinkles and bubbles out of the damaged area, and then wipe away any adhesive that seeps out onto the surrounding areas. After a couple hours of drying time, you can apply leather conditioner to the repaired area for a fresh look.









Help keep furniture off the curb and out of landfills. Your donation of as little as $12 saves and rehomes one piece of furniture. Text GIVE 12 to (844) 326-4739.


Off the Curb, Inc. is off and running! Our pilot furniture rescue program begins this spring and has the potential to save over 100,000 pounds of furniture this year alone. But we need your help. As a new nonprofit, our bank account is groaning under the weight of this awesome opportunity. Expenses for this program alone total $475/mo. That’s why we’re reaching out to friends, family, and furniture- and planet-lovers, asking for donations.


Fortunately, our first goal should be easy to achieve! If we raise $50 in monthly reoccurring donations, a generous donor has offered to match that amount. Won’t you help us reach our initial goal and get this program “off and running” by becoming a monthly reoccurring donor?



If monthly donations don’t work for you, please consider a one-time donation. No amount is too small, because together we are mighty. Let’s lighten the landfill load on this planet!


Donating is easy and secure. You can text the word GIVE followed by the amount (ex. GIVE 25) to (844) 326-4739 or visit https://www.offthecurb.org/donate.

Off the Curb, Inc. is dedicated to inspiring people through education and access to keep furniture off the curb and out of landfills. We’re excited to offer the following programs as part of our Spring 2020 launch.



4 STAGES Awareness

There are dozens of charities, organizations, businesses, and individuals in the Pittsburgh area that share Off the Curb’s belief that unwanted furniture is still valuable to someone. The 4 Stages Awareness Program strives to educate area individuals about the alternatives to throwing away unwanted furniture. Those alternatives include repairing, repurposing, reusing and recycling. This program includes referral database creation for each stage, social media outreach, and—eventually—workshops and learning events in targeted neighborhoods. Currently a “reuse” database is available for download, featuring Pittsburgh organizations and businesses that accept unwanted furniture.



Pilot Furniture Rescue Program


Whether you’re buying or selling a home, it’s a hectic time. When you’re packing and unpacking, a lot of stuff ends up on the curb and out for trash pickup. We’d like to make sure that stuff doesn’t include furniture. That’s why Off the Curb, inc. is partnering with select realtors in Pittsburgh’s South Hills to give home buyers and sellers an easy alternative to the landfill. Our pilot furniture rescue program operates two Saturdays out of every month. Collected furniture is either sold to further OTC’s mission, donated to local charities based on their current needs, placed with a local furniture expert/artist for repair and/or repurposing, or disassembled and parts recycled in order to severely decrease waste.


For more information about the programs or to get involved with Off the Curb, contact us. Together we can create beautiful homes and lighten the landfill load on this planet.








Help keep furniture off the curb and out of landfills. Your donation of $60 sponsors one complete furniture rescue mission. Click here to donate.

Off the Curb, Inc. is a Pennsylvania nonprofit spreading its message nationwide to reduce and eliminate furniture in our landfills. We believe beautiful homes do not have to come at the price of our planet. Our mission is to inspire people through education and access to keep furniture off the curb and out of landfills.

 

Off the Curb, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization.

 

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