Here’s Where Your Pre-Loved

Stuff Can ‘Spark Joy’

for Others

by Anne Marielle Eugenio, February 19, 2019 5:06pm

Art by Dani Elevazo


Here’s Where Your Pre-Loved Stuff Can ‘Spark Joy’ for Others

by Anne Marielle Eugenio, February 19, 2019 5:06pm
Art by Dani Elevazo

Ever since organizing guru Marie Kondo's Tidying Up with Marie Kondo was released on Netflix, many have attempted to try the "KonMari" method. This involves keeping items that "spark joy" and getting rid of those that don't to minimize mess. But what are you going to do with those stuff that no longer bring joy into your life?

There are places within Metro Manila where you can donate or be able to recycle your old stuff. This way, you can declutter your life without adding up to waste, and perhaps bring a spark of joy to others, too.

Segunda Mana
Harrison Plaza, A. Mabini corner, M. Adriatico, Malate, Manila

Segunda Mana accepts pre-loved items to help the poor. It’s a fundraising project of non-profit organization Caritas Manila. Segunda Mana aims to collect clothes, shoes, accessories, home and office supplies, and other stuff that are in still in good condition and can still be used, or sold. Funds collected will go to Caritas Manila’s programs for the poor.

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
76 Cordillera corner Agno Street, Barangay Doña Josefa, Quezon City

This Buddhist humanitarian organization can help you declutter your space while giving you the opportunity to help others. Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation accepts pre-loved clothes, shoes, and other items victims of calamities can still use. They also accept recyclable materials: all types of paper, aluminum, cardboards, distilled water bottles, and even old or broken appliances. You can drop off your donations at their office address.

The Book Stop Project
Plaza Roma Intramuros, Manila

The Book Stop Project, a pop-up bookstore, aims to promote reading to the next generation. The project changes the idea of the library by putting them in wide and public spaces. It maps out different areas in the city, having been in the Ayala Triangle, BGC, and now in Plaza Roma in Intramuros. Your pre-loved book can be of great cause for this initiative. You can contact Mr. Bruce Tyrone Te Ingat at 721-0418 or e-mail to You can also drop by their office at 224 Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills, 1102 San Juan del Monte.

Ortigas Library Foundation
2nd Floor, Ortigas Building, Ortigas corner Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

If you have reading materials about Philippine culture, history, and art, you can make donations at the Ortigas Library Foundation. You’ll never know how your donated books can help a student on their assignment or research. You can call them at (02) 631-1231 to 38, local numbers 228 and 222.


E-Waste Project
See them online.

Dispose of your old appliances and electronic gadgets properly with the help of E-Waste project. This project, organized by different student organizations, aims to educate people about proper electronic waste management through seminars and annual collection drives. They accept the likes of gaming consoles, chargers, and mobile phones. There are no collection drives as of the moment but you can get updates through their Facebook page.

The Plastic Solution
Multiple drop-off locations

We all have plastic wastes at home, and they definitely don’t spark joy. But for The Plastic Solution, these useless plastics could mean so much more. This project’s mission is to preserve the lands and waters through a simple act of stuffing non-biodegradable wastes in a plastic bottle. Just get a plastic bottle (500ml to 2L), stuff it with non-biodegradable trash like sachets, straws, and wrappers, and voila! You have an eco-brick, which will be used in building fences and walls.

H&M Foundation
H&M Stores Nationwide

Every bag of clothes you donate to H&M is equivalent to a 15% discount off one item of your choice. Any condition or brand of clothes are accepted—even socks, worn out t-shirts and old sheets. These textiles are then sent to the nearest recycling plant where they are sorted.

So you see, just because an item does not spark joy in your life anymore does not mean it cannot bring joy to others. When donated and disposed of properly, your pre-loved things and wastes could be the source of hope to people and the environment.


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