We made Gigoit.org as a proof of concept to be our first attempt to help people keep reusable items from the landfill. Then we listened as all your wonderful feedback came poring in. Local Reuse is the result of all your efforts to help improve our service. Thank You!
Local Reuse ( previously called Gigoit ) is the brainchild of web developers and longtime friends Peter Schmalfeldt and John Kramlich who have worked together for over a decade. The two recognized that in the booming era of networking web sites and online communities there lacked a truly robust resource that could connect people with reusable items. They have both committed time and resources to the complete success of their organization.
Peter Schmalfeldt is the founder of Local Reuse, President and Chairman of the Board. He is an Interactive Media producer from Portland, Oregon. His company, Manifest Interactive, provides interactive web applications to a wide range of clients. He graduated from Webster University (St. Louis, MO) in 2004 with a degree in Interactive Media.
John Kramlich is Vice President and cofounded Local Reuse. John is based in St. Louis, Missouri. His background in computer education allows him to anticipate the end users needs. Helping others with technology enables him to produce better and easier to use applications.
Our staff, board members and volunteers consist of individuals that are active in technology and environmental industries. In St. Louis, we have worked with the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Gardens and have been asked to speak at their events. Nationally, we have been listed with the EPA as one of their International and National Materials Exchange programs.
Peter and John made the initial decision to create what they saw a need for. What followed was a lot of research, focus groups, testing and programming. Local Reuse has grown much larger than two friends. It has become a community effort as many friends and strangers have lent their skills and knowledge to make sure Local Reuse is progressing into the future.