Matter of Trust

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Matter of Trust

(1998, San Francisco; 15 staff, 130 volunteers and advisors;

A non-profit that highlights natural abundance in equilibrium, integrating renewable resources into manufacturing and green jobs. Promotes recycling, reuse and redistribution. Provides and collaborates on eco-educational tools and spaces to focus on humanity’s incentives, perspectives and impacts on climate. Their programs work in integrated cycles, mimicking nature. They have implemented 75 programs to date, 30 of which are current in research, development, and active modes while 45 have been completed.


  • Surplus and Needs – Finding new uses for second hand, surplus or damaged manufactured goods and materials.
  • Natural Abundance – Discovering uses for renewable resources found abundantly in nature.
  • Eco-Educational – Broadening eco-awareness by providing educational tools and environmental solutions.

Project examples:

  • Excess Access – Matches nonprofit needs with in-kind donations. The charities describe their missions and post wish lists with items that donors can supply.
  • The Clean Wave program – Collects hair, fur, and fleece clippings to make oil spill clean-up booms. Hair can soak up petroleum oil, as do other renewable natural fibers such as feathers, fur clippings, and fleece. Thousands of green salons, pet groomers, farmers, harbors, and industries are involved with this program.
  • Global Compost Project– A large mobilization for community green bin and compost systems. Through strategic mapping they are spreading compost on grasslands, urban parks, and gardens. A 1cm layer of compost every 30 years boosts photosynthesis increasing carbon intake up to 1.5 tons per acre, per year! Pulling carbon out of the air, back deep into the soil.
  • The Hum Sum – Humanity Adding Solutions. This site is a free community platform for ecological conferences, starting with the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit.


  • Cartoons, exhibits, highlighted media coverage, press releases and press kits
  • Good Eco News – Eco-innovations from around the world!
  • HIGHLIGHT: It’s Easy Being Green – A guide to a convenient, green lifestyle that offers hundreds of useful tips. See how small choices by individuals add up to big change and provide ways to get more pleasure out of life.

Leadership: Lisa Craig Gautier (President, Founder)

Budget: ~$480k

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Matter of Trust contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
    Calls for an end to poverty globally by 2030 and promotes increased access to basic services and social protection.
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  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
    Aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well Being
    Aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, by reducing mortality rates and increasing access to equitable health care for men and women.
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  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
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  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    Aims to end gender discrimination in all forms and promote equal opportunity for all women and girls in terms of education, career, and sexual/reproductive rights.
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  • SDG 6 -Clean Water and Sanitisation
    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by promoting global access to adequate sanitation and hygiene.
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  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by promoting affordable and reliable energy sources.
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  • SDG 8 -Decent Work and Economic Growth
    Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
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  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.  
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  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    Aims to achieve economic growth by reducing inequalities regarding social, economic and political opportunities and freedoms.
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  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    Aims to promote the globalization of sustainable cities and communities in turn providing universal safe and affordable housing.
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  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    Aims to create responsible and sustainable practices involving consumption and production through efficiently using natural resources.
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  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    Calls to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts through global awareness, education, and integration into government policies.
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  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
    Calls to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development and prevent and reduce marine pollution in order to protect ecosystems and achieve healthy oceans.
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  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
    Aims to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
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  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    Aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Calls to reduce all forms of violence and deaths related to violence and to end abuse and exploitation
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  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals
    Aims to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development by mobilizing domestic resources in order to provide support for developing countries.
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