The Scrap Exchange: The US’s national treasure for creative reuse and thrift shopping

The Scrap Exchange is promoting creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse.

The non-profit organisation, which celebrated its 27 year anniversary this year, has been collecting materials from local businesses and residents in Durham, North Carolina, and distributing these reclaimed resources to educators, artists, makers, and students through a variety of programmes.

Materials collected by The Scrap Exchange include foam, paper, fabric, zippers, buttons, and test tubes, among others.

The Scrap Exchange’s Durham headquarters, touted to be the “largest creative reuse center in the world”, houses a retail store, an art gallery, a Design Center where they host classes, and a Make’n’Take classroom for open studio art-making.

Founded in 1991 by a small group of individuals seeking to establish a sustainable supply of high-quality, low-cost materials for creatives, the organisation is an economic engine for entrepreneurial activity built around materials reuse and waste-recovery. It creates green jobs and workforce development opportunities through a range of community partnerships.

The Scrap Exchange

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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