In case you all weren’t aware, thrifty is cool and reusing is the new recycling. No scratch that, reusing and recycling is the new recycling.

Fortunately, the ReUse program makes all this easy to achieve. The program collects people’s unwanted items and redistributes them for free!! And there are few things better in life than free stuff.

Other reasons to partake in reuse : 1. Less manufacturing means saving resources, and energy. 2. It’ll make you cool and smart, at the same time! Woah. 3. It’s friggin’ free. Geez.

There are locations all over campus including Dwinelle, Barrows, McCone, Le Conte and many more so not wanting to walk is not an excuse. And just in case walking is too much of a burden, ReUse now has a website.

We’re giving you the resources to get rid of old stuff, get new free stuff and do it all virtually. Like, you don’t even have to be that awake. Or sober. You can thank us later.

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Campus Website gives old stuff a new life [UC Berkeley News]

Sunday evenings in Berkeley tend to be pretty lifeless when it comes to those cute, little local shops. Lucky for us, we stumbled upon The Treehouse Green Gifts over on College Avenue. First off, thank you, Treehouse, for being open past 5:00 p.m. Second, thank you for letting us “ooh and ahh” over your merchandise, despite the fact that we were clearly broke college students with an eye for weird objects. We loved their handcrafted odds and ends–like a large bowl made from an old vinyl record, a stool seat woven out of leather belts and a wind chime whose cling and clang came from dangling kitchen spoons.

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Now that you’ve rested from your five-hour wait in line for the new iPhone (followed a week later by your three-hour wait for the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight”), you’re wondering what to do with your janky, first-gen iPhone.

Sending it in to FreeiPhoneSwap is a possibility. They brag that by doing so, you get to be the greenest kid in town. We mean that in the environmental and the financial sense. But wait, hold the phone (bad pun)! The Times suggests that FreeiPhoneSwap may be profiting off of your phone by selling those babies to buyers like non-AT&T subscribers.

Hmm. Not a bad idea. We’re not tearing down FreeiPhoneSwap, we’re just suggesting that you maybe able to get rid of the middle man and add a little more heft to your piggy bank.

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There’s Lots of Money in Those Old iPhones [NY Times]

We may be living the good life on our own spring break playgrounds (i.e. the beaches of Mexico and/or Florida), but Berkeley’s got a playground all of its own. And it took the Chron about a year and a half to notice.

Back in October of 2005, the Daily Cal published an article on the Adventure Playground at Berkeley Marina. We said, “Let there be playground.” And there was playground. And it was good.

But the Chron decided to do something better: adorable pictures of children. We’re not exactly kid-friendly, but seriously, how can you deny your instinct to breed when you see the cutest child ever? Get to the fornicating already.

The Adventure Playground lets kids make their own playground. Kids get to paint, hammer and saw to their little heart’s content (under supervision of course).

As one parent stated, “this is very Berkeley.” The playground recycles items–such as boats, ropes, tires and pianos–into play equipment and crazy-colored forts.

These kinds of playgrounds first appeared in Europe after World War II. Around 1,000 still exist. In the 1970s, the height of their popularity, the U.S. saw about 30 such playgrounds. Now, outside the Bay Area, there are only two remaining in Irvine and Hungtington Beach.

The playground is open Saturdays and Sundays, but in the summer it’s open every day. Adventure Playground will need more staff and is currently accepting applications. If you’re into carpentry and you love kids, then you may already have your summer job lined up for you. Get ready to kick every little punk’s ass at Red Rover.

‘Off-leash’ play area for kids [San Francisco Chronicle]