San Diego Habitat for Humanity and local nonprofit Sustainable Surplus Exchange have announced a merger of their business operations. It went into effect March 5.
Sustainable Surplus, which repurposes and resells business items, will become an initiative of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. ReStore outlets are Habitat for Humanity’s home improvement stores which sell new and used furniture, appliances, and more at discounted prices.
In addition to ReStore, Habitat for Humanity builds and repairs homes for families in need.
Sustainable’s retail outlet in Carlsbad will become a ReStore. Sustainable will maintain its online store but also incorporate ReStore items.
Sue Prelozni, CEO and founder of Sustainable Surplus, said in an email that she move into a board member or board advisory capacity when merger is complete in May.
In a statement, the two companies said that they had already been working together for years sharing large corporate donations and resources.
“This makes so much sense,” Lori Holt Pfeiler, president and CEO of San Diego Habitat for Humanity, said in a statement. “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.”