Carolina Thrift, UNC's new student-run sustainability organization, aims to reduce waste in the University community by reselling unwanted items during move-out. On Aug. 18, the organization held its inaugural sale.
In the fall of 2017, members of UNC’s Greek Sustainability Council, Duncan Richey and Kent Andrews, recognized a need to reduce waste created during move-out at the end of the year at off-campus housing locations. They reached out to the Student Government’s Environmental Affairs Committee and the environmental honors fraternity, Epsilon Eta. It was from these conversations that Carolina Thrift was born.
Similar to UNC’s “Don’t Ditch It, Donate It!” campaign for on-campus housing, Carolina Thrift collects donations from UNC students moving out of their academic-term living arrangements. They accept almost all household items, furniture, rugs and clothing. During the last two weeks of the spring semester, students could drop off items in designated collections boxes on campus or schedule pick ups for large items through the organization’s website.
Richey, one of the co-founders of Carolina Thrift, said the organization's goals are to encourage students to practice conscious consumerism, provide affordable clothing and furniture and build community at UNC.
“We want to encourage students to think more critically about their consumption habits. Are they always buying new things? Are they using single-use items that they could replace? Overall, we want to encourage a more socially and environmentally responsible consumerism,” said Richey.