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Trash Makeover Challenge is October 18th!

Once again, Austin Creative Reuse has donated materials for the Texas Campaign for the Environment Trash Makeover Challenge.  This year’s fashion show and party will be held this October 18 at the North Door. Buy your tickets now!

Check out fashions from last year’s event made from the stuff rescued from the landfill by our donors​!

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FREE SXSWEco materials for the taking!

FREE materials are up for grabs next week after SXSWeco!

Over the last year, SpinFish and SXSW have been able to keep over 10,000 pounds out of the landfill from all events that they’ve partnered on. Last year, they kept 1,275 pounds out of the landfill from the SXSW Eco event alone.

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What items do you anticipate having at the end of the SXSW Eco conference?
We’re currently anticipating foamcore, vinyl/canvas banners, pallets, promo materials. New items will be added as we get closer to the event.

Does it cost me anything?
Items are FREE, but you are responsible for picking up the items on Tuesday, October 7th or Wednesday, October 8th.

Do I have to be a nonprofit or other organization?
Nope! Recipients DO NOT need to be a non-profit or organization.

When do I need to pick up items?
Item pick up will be on October 7th and October 8th, 2014. They won’t be able to hold items for you after that date.

How do I sign up or schedule a time to pick up FREE materials?
Email Renee at SpinFish for more information and scheduling: renee@spinfishinc.com

How can I help?
Definitely spread the word to all your teacher and artist friends who could use these materials! And email Renee at SpinFish. They might need volunteers.

 

The difference between reduce, reuse, and recycle + Raise the Roof

raisetheroof-finalWhen was the last time you reexamined the phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”? Well, times have changed and it’s worth a new look!

Reducing is becoming aware of the excessive and the unnecessary and then minimizing your material consumption.

Recycling gets the most publicity of the “Three R’s” and we’ve made it pretty easy to do in our communities. Recycling is the process of taking old items (usually paper, plastic, glass, and metals) and re-manufacturing to make “new” products.

Like recycling, reusing is a way to deal with “waste” – but it’s way more fun! We define reusing as taking something that’s ended its current lifecycle and putting it to a new use that doesn’t require re-manufacturing (like with recycling). You might also call it upcycling.

Can you look at an item and see its potential as part of something else, whether it’s something beautiful or something practical (or both)? That’s creative reuse! In supporting creative reuse, you help reduce the flow into the landfill just like recycling, but you also support resourcefulness, creativity, and community.

This fall, we’re asking you to think about your trash in a new way. We need a permanent community and retail space to help take Austin Creative Reuse to the next level. Become a supporter of a new #Austin and donate now. You’ll even receive a handmade reuse gift as our way of saying thanks! https://www.austincreativereuse.org.

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September 2014 Board Meeting

September 9, 2014 at 7pm
Directors Present: Cindy, Leslie, Kaci, Rebecca, Katy, Angela, Carole,
Visitors Present: Michelle

raisetheroof-finalSave the Date for 11/7 from 7-11pm for our Raise the Roof event!

We’re really excited to announce our Raise the Roof event in November! Food + bev, entertainment, and lots of fun! Plus you’ll be helping us raise the mullah to finally get into our first permanent space. More to come!

Seeking Fall Interns

Looking for a fall internship with a great, new nonprofit? We’re looking for fall internships. Email us your cover letter and resume to info@austincreativereuse.org to apply!

 

August 2014 Board Meeting

August 12, 2014 at 7pm
Directors Present: Cindy, Leslie, Kaci, Rebecca, Katy, Angela

Reuse Connex

We’re getting really excited about Reuse Connex on October 23-25th! Check out the speaker highlights and download the Schedule of Events (PDF) to learn more!

Why hasn’t Austin Creative Reuse moved into a space yet?

This is question we get a lot and to be 100% transparent we just don’t have the money yet. We will soon be launching an exciting campaign to raise the funds to finally open a community and retail center. We hope you’ll reach into your wallet to make a donation and support a creative reuse center in Austin. Stay tuned!

DarkRye features Austin Creative Reuse

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We were excited to be featured on DarkRye. Kate Inglis gives her thoughts about Austin Creative Reuse. Check it out!

July 2014 Board Meeting

July 8, 2014 at 7pm
Directors Present: Cindy, Leslie, Kaci, Rebecca, Carole, Katy
Visitors Present: Kristin Stevens and Michele Dames

The Tesla Project — Success!

Many thanks to everyone who made the Tesla Project a success! It was great fun creating robots out of reuse materials at our creative station.

Reuse Connex Speakers Announced

Reuse Connex has listed the speakers for the 2014 Reuse Connex event to be held in Austin on October 23-25.

 

 

My Upcycled Valentine (Part 2)

Enjoy these additional ideas for turning trash into treasure for those special people in your life this Valentine’s Day!

1. Valentine’s Mailbox from an empty shampoo bottle

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2. Love banner from cardboard and magazine scraps

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3. Tiny gift boxes from matchboxes and scrap paper

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4. Paper Bag and Washi Tape Heart Bunting

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5. Heart necklace from scrap paper

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Austin Creative Reuse captains “Creation Station” at Tesla Project held at Canopy on July 5, 2014

IMG_20140705_154311902With over 800 attendees at this years Tesla Project (a celebration of all things Nikolai Tesla), our “Creation Station” was swamped with inventors young and old making cool new stuff out of stuff ACR rescued from the land fill.

Here’s our recipe for the fantastic fantasy gizmos :

  1. Start with old boxes, tubs, toilet paper tubes and trays
  2. Add buttons, bolts, bottle caps and corks,
  3. Secure with tape, glue, binder clips and string
  4. Mix in imagination and resourcefulness
  5. End result is something amazing!

image-4The whole event was overseen by ACR’s own “landfill” robot named NIK (Nosensical Integrated Komputer).

Many thanks to Women Printmakers of Austin for hosting us in their beautiful workspace. We’re looking forward to holding more “Creation Station” events in the future.

My Upcycled Valentine (Part 1)

Here at Austin Creative Reuse, we believe in the importance of seeing potential beauty and love in anything, especially someone else’s “trash”. Here are some ideas for turning trash into treasure for those special people in your life.

1. Paper Punch Heart Garland from Paint Chips

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2. Valentine Heart Pouches from Old Envelopes

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3. Felt Heart from Felted Sweaters

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4. Upcycled Sweater Hearts

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5. Floating Heart Wall Art from Old Picture Frame and Scrap Paper

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