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Two women comparing garments in a store

Aggie ReStore: Sustainability for sale

The newly opened Aggie ReStore is the brainchild of design professor Ann Savageau, who for the past couple of years has collected campus and community waste for students to use in her sustainable design class. 

Her idea is to spread environmental awareness — through “creative reuse” — by diverting materials from the landfill and redistributing them at low cost. In her scholarly activities, Savageau has explored the “artistic transformations of waste” and the connections between consumer culture and wasteful consumption. 

At the Aggie ReStore, people will find school supplies, office supplies, arts and crafts materials, books, clothing, accessories, CDs, DVDs, video games — and more. When students salvage these types of items, Savageau said, they are engaging in sustainable behavior that might help put a little money in their pockets, too. 

The Aggie ReStore is located in Room 163 of the Memorial Union, with hours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Learn more about the Aggie ReStore — including its donation drives — and browse a slideshow.

(Photo ofstudents Natalie Telis and Subba Arehalli comparing items at the Aggie ReStore, by Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

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