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Habitat for Humanity Announces Merger with Local Business Supply Repurposing Nonprofit, Sustainable Surplus Exchange

Mar 21, 2018 05:48PM ● By Paul Spear

March 21, 2018                                                                                                                                               

San Diego Habitat for Humanity Announces Merger 
with Local Business Supply Repurposing Nonprofit, Sustainable Surplus Exchange
Longtime collaboration becomes union of business operations


SAN DIEGO, CA - San Diego Habitat for Humanity and local nonprofit Sustainable Surplus Exchange are pleased to announce a merger of their business operations, effective March 5, 2018.

Sustainable Surplus repurposes donated, excess business items – from office supplies and furniture, to computers and laboratory equipment - by donating them for use by the community, namely educational, charitable, and start-up institutions. Through this practice, unnecessary waste is kept out of local landfills, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and conserving the natural resources required to extract, manufacture, and transport new items.

Sustainable distributes repurposed items through an online, membership-based marketplace, as well as through a North County retail storefront.  Items such as computers/IT equipment, electronics, furniture, lab instruments, and manufacturing equipment are offered at deep discounts, and standard office supplies are always free to students, teachers, and nonprofit staff.

Habitat for Humanity builds and repairs safe, healthy, affordable homes for families throughout San Diego County earning less than 80 percent of the Area Media Income and who are in need of improved housing.  Habitat for Humanity operates three home improvement retail centers – in Escondido, Kearny Mesa, and National City - open to the public, that accept donations of new and gently used items for resale.  The proceeds support Habitat’s homebuilding mission.

The Sustainable Surplus programs will become an initiative of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, in support of Habitat’s mission of building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter, and as an effort to continue the Sustainable Surplus model of reducing corporate waste.

Habitat and Sustainable have been collaborating for several years, sharing large corporate donations and logistical resources.  “In the beginning, Sustainable didn’t have a truck,” says Sue Prelozni, CEO of Sustainable Surplus Exchange. “Habitat would help pick up large items and sell some of them in the ReStore.  All of the items would support sustainability, a shared value of both organizations.”

“This makes so much sense,” says Lori Holt Pfeiler, President/CEO of San Diego Habitat for Humanity.  “Sustainable has wonderful principles of environmental conservation and philanthropy, something that Habitat practices in our green building and recycling/reuse programs in the ReStores.  We are pleased to welcome the Sustainable platform to Habitat.”

Prelozni is honored that her years of hard work building Sustainable from the ground up will continue to provide service to the community, and to address housing challenges for local families.  “It is very difficult for a startup nonprofit to succeed without collaboration, and I am proud to pass the torch to Habitat for Humanity, such a respected organization with an important mission.” 

Habitat will continue to host Sustainable Surplus’ “BYOB” (Bring Your Own Box) events that offer free supplies to teachers and nonprofit staff, Employee Environmental Education Days - corporate workshops designed to educate employees about environmental sustainability - and the ENGAGE! program - an internal corporate reuse and recycle campaign.

The current Sustainable storefront located at 1842 Marron Road in Carlsbad will become a fourth ReStore location.  Sustainable’s current online store will continue to operate and will incorporate ReStore inventory.

About San Diego Habitat for Humanity

People in our community partner with San Diego Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners build their homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.  With our help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.

Habitat for Humanity exists through volunteer labor and contributions of money, land and materials, including purchases and donations to the ReStore, Habitat’s discount home improvement retail centers. For more information, visit or call 619-283-HOME (4663).


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Paul Spear, Publisher, and Editor of Dig Imperial Beach 


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