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Make everything old new again at a creative reuse center



Millions of tons of waste end up in landfills every year, needlessly. But some great new initiatives are springing up to help mitigate the problem: city composting programs and better e-waste recycling by retailers, to name a couple.

A really fabulous one is the proliferation of creative reuse centers.

These stores sell previously owned, usually donated bulk material that’s perfectly reusable but would otherwise end up getting trashed. Great for artists, parents, teachers, crafters, scout leaders... anyone in the market for inspiring creative materials.

It’s never been easier to get your hands on these items for next to nothing—while participating in a great act of recycling.

(photo: "Indradhaunush" by Guerra de la Paz; image from The I.D.E.A. Store by CUSF)

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I love reuse centers. Some teachers really rely on them to find interesting supplies for classroom projects. I know I used one for my child development class so we could build a giant city out of cardboard. Have you ever done a project using materials from one? They're so helpful.

    • April Greene

      Yes! I outfitted the kids' craft table at a function for a nonprofit I used to work for entirely from (free) materials sourced from a creative reuse center. The stuff was unique, the kids loved it, and it didn't take anything out of our event budget. Win.