Sustainable Surplus Exchange (SSE) recently held the annual Back to School BYOB (Bring Your Own Box) to help teachers and nonprofit staff support their classrooms and programs. The event drew more than 200 attendees – some even from as far as Tecate, Mexico – to get a box full of free office supplies. This is significant for teachers and nonprofit leaders because they are often forced to buy these much-needed supplies with money out of their own pockets due to shrinking educational budgets and reduced funding. One attendee commented, “This event is a wonderful community builder. I think it’s great that it’s extended to educators specifically. This time of the year is so important while we’re all working to get our classrooms started and up and running for our students and offering the best supplies and I’m just so grateful… for Sue and for Sustainable Surplus Exchange!” County Supervisor Dave Roberts, a longtime supporter of SSE and environmental causes, participated in the event as well.

Founded by Sue Prelozni in 2011, SSE collects usable goods from companies that are unnecessarily sent to landfills and redistributes them in support of the community, especially to schools and nonprofits. SSE’s work fulfills an important community need while at the same time supporting businesses and sustainable growth. Learn more at