Art From Scrap, a Santa Barbara-based project of ExploreEcology.org, is a neat way to encourage re-use of old, well, everything, for creative expression. From old screws and wire to mannequin heads, maps, and magnets, Art From Scrap’s retail store turns waste into an artist’s palette. Thousands of pounds of material are donated each year. The store is vast, filled with everything reminiscent of Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.
ExploreEcology offers drop-off and pick-up services for a wide variety of materials, which we summarized in the Earth911.com database. Just follow this link to find out what Art From Scrap accepts. “A world of possibilities,” their site proclaims.
As a non-profit, Art From Scrap offers tax receipts for donations and makes materials available to teachers at a discount. Ten percent of every sale at Art From Scrap is donated to support ongoing community recirculation and children’s environmental education programs. There is also a full calendar of local recycling, art, and sustainability programs for the community.
A community organization founded by parents in the 1990s to encourage environmental awareness, Explore Ecology has gone digital. They offer a selling tool, ReUseSB, that turns the city into a vast thrift store that is saving stuff that would be thrown out from landfills. Users can arrange to donate or shop for thrift deals through the ReUseSB app. It’s an excellent model for regional and municipal recirculation of products.
What a great approach, Santa Barbara! Keep up the recirculation and ecology education good work.