Creative Reuse

From a recovered pillow to a gallery installation, from a home-made costume to classroom educational materials, creative reuse includes all projects that incorporate materials that would otherwise be thrown away. Folks who find materials at SCRAP are teachers, artists, crafters, and designers who transform what could have been discarded into something with new value.

As much arts-related as it is environmental, creative reuse demonstrates that artistic creativity and learning can take place anywhere and everywhere—and with all manner of materials—and that “junk” has value for those who can see meaning beyond the discarding of things. As a response to ever-filling landfills, overproduction, and diminishing natural resources the ethos of creative reuse is shared by all SCRAP’ers.

View the SCRAP Creative Reuse Projects Gallery below and Join Our Flickr Group to see what others are doing with materials from SCRAP, get inspired, and post your own projects!

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  1. Posted November 2, 2015 at 6:43 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for thinking of SCRAP. Unfortunately, we have been unable to find a good use for very small (under about 4 square inches) pieces of fabric. Our quilters need larger pieces, and because the makeup of textiles is so difficult to determine, we have not found a recycler willing to take this sort of material.

    We are actively searching for ways to use these sorts of scraps, and will appreciate any ideas you may have on that.

    Thanks again.

  2. Tihani
    Posted November 1, 2015 at 9:00 PM | Permalink

    Hello, can I donate very small scraps of assorted fabric?

  3. Posted October 17, 2015 at 1:23 AM | Permalink

    We are unable to accept paint, but can take the other stuff you have. Please call 415 647-1746 between 10 and 6 PM, Monday through Friday to arrange a pickup. There is a $15 charge for this service.

    thanks for thinking of SCRAP.

  4. Robi
    Posted October 16, 2015 at 5:12 PM | Permalink

    How do I schedule a pick up in the outer Richmond? I have leftovers from a home remodeling project–spools of wire, 1 gallon paint cans in assorted colors, wood and metal pieces, old security camera parts, and more.

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