What is 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 May 31, 2016 at 5:36 PM | Permalink

    We’re not aware of such an organization. You may want to search for “home staging” on the internet. Otherwise, St. Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army or Goodwill will probably take the encyclopedias.

    Have a great day.

  2. Polly Staniotes
    Posted May 31, 2016 at 5:10 PM | Permalink

    I have a set of encyclopedias that are obviously out-dated as far as a reference source in the age of the internet. I have heard of organizations that take such material for “staging” a home for sale. Do you know of such an organization that I can donate the set to?

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