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SCRAP – a clearinghouse for Materials

Get Creative! Be an ARTIST. Donate materials.

Scrap accepts Dolllars! and they also accept materials that may be reused!

Imagine….not in the landfill, not thrown out… but put to a GREAT CREATIVE use.

You can also donate in person or come by and see this great organization in action!


801 Toland St., enter on Newcomb

San Francisco, CA 94124

SCRAP: What Treasure Will You find?

Donations of quality re-usable materials such as textiles, buttons, paper, craft and office supplies, plastics, and wood are collected from businesses, institutions, and individuals then sorted and made available to teachers, parents, artists, and organizations.

The community depends on SCRAP as the place to find all manner of materials for educational programs, creative projects, and their classrooms. By offering low cost supplies, creative reuse workshops, volunteer opportunities, educational field trips, art exhibitions, and more SCRAP gives students of all ages the opportunity to learn and pass on the value of creative reuse. Scrap is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit organization.


LOOK on Flickr to see some amazing and creative SCRAP projects. They help artists create their vision, they help businesses and residents recycle. Check out SCRAP!!

Kickstarter: New Solar Technology to Build an Underground Park

New Solar Technology to Build an Underground Park

New Solar Technology to Build an Underground Park

By The Lowline

What if the sun could shine underground? The people behind the Lowline asked themselves this question when they first imagined a park in an abandoned Lower East Side trolley station. Now they’re taking the next steps to reclaim this unused space by developing their solar technology, with the aim of creating a totally new kind of public space right under the feet of New Yorkers.

Aquarium of the Bay Event Dec 15

Did you know that the amount of household garbage in the United States increases by 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day?

Aquarirum of the BAYOn Saturday, December 15 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., join Aquarium of the Bay, for Rejoice, Reuse, Recycle!

This is a GREAT green holiday craft event at a spectacular local Aquarium. This beautiful aquarium is a wonderful place to learn, explore and enjoy the ocean and the many ocean animals.

Aquarium of the Bay will be partnering with SCRAP, a non-profit creative reuse center who will donate material for guests to make their own green holiday crafts.

  • Create your own holiday centerpieces made out of recycled and reusable materials.
  • Chat with Aquarium naturalists for even more ideas on how to be green and reduce your impact during the holidays.
  • Artist Nicole Chan will be on site creating a five foot sculpture made from recycled plastic bags and undaria (an invasive kelp species) pulled out of the bay.
  • Everyone that creates a piece during the event will receive a 20% discount in the Aquarium’s retail shop.

Everyone can do their part to help reduce the amount of waste produced during the holidays. Whether you’re trying to save green in your wallet or just trying to be green this holiday season, Aquarium of the Bay is your go-to resource on how to have a greener holiday.

Rejoice, Reuse, Recycle! is free with Aquarium admission. For more information, visit www.aquariumofthebay.org.

Our oceans can always use your love and attention.  For more information, check out these articles.

ECO CHIC Fashion Show

Reusing and reinventing clothing has been a big part of the fashion scene. Goodwill encourages this trend with the Eco Chic Fashion Show. This year’s 2010 event will be held on OCTOBER 8 in downtown San Jose. There will be several themes: “little black dress challenge” and a “mayoral design challenge” Contestants will have a budget and pull together an amazing outfit at any local Goodwill Store.

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Goodwill Special Events Director, Susan Lucas, gets a chance to show-off her re-purposed clothing, and inspire us to stop and think before we say…. “We don’t have anything to wear”!

According to the EPA Americans throw away about 70 pounds of clothing a year per person. Clothing and textiles are helping to clog our landfill comprising about 4% of munincipal solid waste.

The Goodwill Green pages are very informative and have several hints, links, and ideas. Carpet Recycling is a great idea you can find on this page.  Here is an excerpt from Susan Lucas’ blog:

From the September 2009 Eco Chic Fashion Show Event: Join us at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

The proceeds will be used to create jobs for the disadvantaged and disabled by providing them with vocational and occupational training. In this economy, Goodwill is one of few companies actually hiring and placing people in new jobs! So consider donating a dress that doesn’t fit, a bag that you’re tired of and shoes that hurt your feet! These will benefit many people and you will be green! Simply fill some bags and drop them at any Goodwill location.

Thanks for writing off your old perception of Goodwill!

For more information contact Susan Lucas at: