SCRAP Humboldt is a project of SCRAP, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. SCRAP (School Community Reuse Action Project) is based in Portland, Oregon and has projects initiated by communities all over the nation. SCRAP Humboldt applied and was accepted in August 2012. Washington DC, Traverse City, Michigan, and Denton, Texas, Portland, Oregon and New Orleans, Louisiana are the current sites of the SCRAP USA project. Our mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.
SCRAP Humboldt operates a donation-based nonprofit creative reuse store and donation center in Arcata, California. Along with diverting unique materials from the waste stream, SCRAP also provides a range of educational opportunities, in The (Re)Workshop and within the community and hosts local reuse-based artists in our (Re)Boutique. . Classes, teaching creative reuse skills for adults and children compliment their store with their (Re) Boutique (local artist’s products made with a minimum of 75% reused material). SCRAP has developed a line of products. The creative reuse center is full of supplies that can be used by artist, teachers, crafters and makers. Businesses and manufacturers can direct the appropriate production and business discards to SCRAP Humboldt as well as purchase office and shipping supplies.
Highlights: Creative reuse; supplies; small tool workspace; recycled content; awards; gifts
Products of SCRAP
- Collage Package
- Awards: custom and made to order
- SCRAP Patch
- To Go Kit
- 50 slide package
- Bag of Buttons
- Scrap gift baskets (custom)
- Retail local artists creative reuse products
- Organizing discarded material into usable supplies
Benefits of Product
Creative Reuse is (defined by the Reuse Alliance) as upcycling or re-purposing an object and with the addition of creativity brings a new function.
SCRAP Humboldt collects discarded materials (see the list on their website) that can be reused. Hard to recycle materials are given a new life. Corks, tins, scratched CDs and records, are all examples of hard to recycle items that are great materials for creative reuse. The discards of local production can be routed to SCRAP. Useable materials are diverted from the landfill. Materials are sold as supplies, used in their classes, or packaged in their products.
Manufacturing of small or medium size batch for
- Local product production
- Recycled content production
Production: Materials Used
- Discarded and recyclable materials from the public, business, and manufacturers.
Business Services (for other companies)
SCRAP Humboldt will work with a business or manufacturer to reroute any of their discarded materials that can be reused through their retail store, classes, or their products.
Specialize in organizing for
- Teacher’s Art supplies.
- Artist supplies
- Craft supplies
- New product prototype assistance
- Small batch production
- Other – organize discards to make them available for creative reuse
- Material diversion (less dumping fee)
- Supporting local nonprofit and in turn local businesses, manufacturers, educational and artistic community
Other skills, specializations (both in use and abilities)
- Affordable materials, means lower cost of business operations for start-ups
- Affordable access to space and tools means ability to manufacture prototypes and products
- Work training
- Environmental education
- Useable materials will be diverted from the landfill.