New Replate Concept Can Help Feed The Homeless
SAN FRANCISCO, Jul. 18, 2007 (KGO) (KGO) -- Waste not want not. Two San Francisco men are trying a new way to help the homeless, and you can get involved.
It's a familiar sight in San Francisco, leftovers left on top of trash cans for the homeless to eat.
Kristen Harlan, San Francisco resident: "Then you don't see people digging through the trash trying to search for things. I think it's good to just grab and go."
But now, the practice has a logo and name. Josh Kamler and Axel Albin have come up with the word Replate. They designed the artwork too.
Axel Albin, Replate creator: "Maybe a 100 years ago, somebody invented the word recycling, and then in the 70s somebody invented the icon for recycling and now it's a major part of our culture. Everybody talks about it, everybody knows what it is, you go to a party and you know you throw your beer can in the garbage, and everyone's like, hey, you're not going to recycle that? We want people to be that way about leftovers."
The idea seems to be gaining traction, it's been the subject of numerous newsletters and blogs. Folks we talked to found the term, catchy.
Sterling McGarvey, San Francisco resident: "Replate, interesting buzzword, and it seems like one of those only in San Francisco things."
Josh and Axel say they aren't in this to make any money. Their free source posters can be downloaded off their website, and their stickers are available at no charge.
But whether more people will now start to replate is another question.
Justin Price, San Francisco resident: "Well you know I think there's a standard connection, instinctually and culturally between garbage and unhealthiness."
Despite the nay sayers out there, josh and axel have big hopes -- that one day, Replate will be in the dictionary.
Josh Kamler, Replate creator: "The goal is to get people to Replate all over the world. We designed the logo to match international icons, so that it can be recognizable anywhere."
It's an ambitious endeavor to say the least -- aimed at giving trash talk a whole new meaning.
To learn more about Replate, go to www.replate.org
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