Weddings + Creative Reuse: A perfect marriage

Many customers have come to the Resource Exchange looking for reclaimed décor and craft materials for their weddings—and also donated materials for reuse after their weddings. Using reclaimed items in a wedding not only reduces the event’s environmental footprint, but makes it more unique, creative, and personal (and of course, cost-effective!). When her best friend recently got married, re staffer Laura combed the store for reclaimed items to give the wedding a personal (and green!) touch.    This reclaimed gold frame served a dual purpose at the wedding. It framed the welcome sign (painted on salvaged foam core with acrylic paint … Continue reading

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Youku Kasselie: The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

For the last six weeks, we had the privilege of hosting Youku Kasselie a Fellow from Liberia, through the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative.  Youku Kasselie is a teacher who is passionate about life, and thereby works to engage communities in waste reduction by transforming materials such as plastic bottles and other materials into crafts. Youku is an entrepreneur, teacher, and social activist. She recently started Creative Arts Enterprises – an organization that transforms garbage into jewelry, accessories and other fashion items. She has collaborated with the Coca-Cola bottling … Continue reading

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From Film to Theater – Found Fringe Style!

Found Theater Company often uses salvaged, reclaimed, and reused materials to make the sets and props of their productions, photo shoots, and video trailers. Not only is the reuse of material more economical for a smaller company, but it’s also way better for the environment than buying new. In fact, they’ve been using materials from The Resource Exchange for so many years, that we featured the ensemble of theatre makers as our reCreate Artists of August 2015! You can see how they used materials in productions from 2013-now on their Featured Artist Page on our website. And now Found is … Continue reading

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