Photos by Jaymi Heimbuch
Wandering through the textiles section of Maker Faire 09, I saw a booth with bins of junk and a sign that said "Scrap." Turns out they weren't talking about the junk in the bins, but rather an operation that takes the trash from manufacturers and puts it back into the consumer stream via craftsters. SCRAP stands for Scroungers' Center for Reusable Art Parts. It is basically a big thrift store for crafting materials that helps to divert waste from landfills. CDs, pens, bolts of fabric, clothing, plastic bits from manufacturing processes...anything that can be turned into something else is welcome at SCRAP.
They take donations from manufacturers, designers, other craftsters and pretty much anywhere, and resells the items for really, really low prices. The profits go to keeping the resource running. In 2007, they helped keep 150 tons of materials from heading to landfill, and last year diverted 200 tons.
They also hold workshops for dirt cheap. One booth attendant made this messenger bag at a workshop. It was a $15 fee that included the workshop and all materials.
SCRAP is a great resource for San Francisco craftsters, teachers and parents who need materials for low prices thanks to these lean times, and is an excellent model for other communities to take up.
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