Clean reusable scrap materials and hard-to-recycle resources are no longer making their way to landfill and are instead being used creatively by children for use in arts and crafts projects thanks to scrapstores.
Scrapstores give schools and communities the chance to find art and craft materials at a fraction of the price they would find anywhere else.
Some scrapstores are only open to schools and voluntary organisations but others open their doors to everyone.
All scrapstores have different means of accessing their scrap materials. In some you need to pay an individual membership fee, at others you simply pay for the scrap you take on the day.
Many scrapstores also have shops open to the public selling high quality art and craft materials from glue to paintbrushes to complement the scrap.
ReusefulUK, a charity set up by members of the scrapstore community, supports the reuse of unwanted resources for the benefit of children and communities. The charity provides information for consumers including where to find scrapstores in the UK, as well as good practice for scrapstores.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea