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Announcing ACR’s New Executive Director, Jenn Evans!

Jenn Evans

 

Austin Creative Reuse is thrilled to announce the hiring of Jenn Evans as our Executive Director! 

 

A graduate of Duke University’s Environmental Science & Policy Program and the University of Chicago Law School, Jenn currently works as a contractor for ACR coordinating volunteer projects with the Junior League of Austin.  Her position was financed through a Community Project Grant from the Junior League of Austin.  

 

For the last four years, Jenn has been extensively involved in ACR as a volunteer and board member.  As a board member, Jenn led ACR’s sustainability initiatives, which focus on furthering ACR’s conservation mission by implementing our Sustainability Policy, supporting our zero waste goals and maintaining our status as a platinum-level Austin Green Business Leader.

 

Previously, Jenn had been the Deputy Director of Austin nonprofit Families in Nature and an environmental law associate at the global law firm Allen & Overy LLP.  She sits on Austin ISD’s Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee and is active in the Cities Connecting Children to Nature Initiative from the National League of Cities.  She also founded Nature Playdate, a nature community for Austin families, and is active in several other local environmental and community groups. 

 

Jenn spent much of her childhood traveling up and down the east coast from Canada to Florida in the back of her parents’ baby blue 1970s Econoline camper van.  While it might have been frowned upon by today’s standards (there were no seats in the back of that van, let alone seat belts!), her fond memories of days on the beach, hikes in the woods and nights spent around the campfire started her down a path toward environmental stewardship that she now hopes to instill in her own children and share with her community.

 

“I am delighted for the opportunity to take on this new role with ACR,” says Evans.  “The support of our community has always been tremendous, and no less during the challenges of the last five months.  With the re-opening of our new center in Windsor Park, ACR is poised to create a vibrant community space where all members of our community can come together to explore, conserve and create.”

We are excited to have Jenn join our staff.  While this has been a trying time for all businesses and especially nonprofits, having a solid leadership team will help us ensure our success.  

 

“ACR is in an opportunistic time and we need an amazing leadership team to steer the ship through these waters,” says ACR’s Center Manager, Jen Mack.  “I look forward to working more closely with Jenn on planning future programming, activating the center and getting the word out about ACR in new and innovative ways.”

 

When she’s not out promoting the beauty of creative reuse, Jenn can be found chasing around her three wild kids and working on their old camper van with her husband, Kelly.  She digs travel, the ocean, cool mountain breezes and admiring the creativity of all the folks who pass through the doors at ACR.

 

Please feel free to contact Jenn with any questions or notes of congratulations! execdirector@austincreativereuse.org

 

FY2020 Annual Report

If we could sum up FY2020 in one word, it would be: GROWTH. So many incredible things took place, including the big move! Here are just a few highlights of all we were able to accomplish with the support of our community:

  • We opened our new Creative Reuse Center in the Windsor Park neighborhood of Austin in March 2020. The new space is over 11,000 square feet, 7 times the size of our original center, and offers new ways to explore, conserve and create with ACR.
  • Volunteers donated nearly 10,000 hours of their time to sort donations, help out at events, and of course – move us into our new space!
  • 262,000 pounds of donated materials were diverted from the landfill
  • We had a 97% diversion rate – that means 97% of materials that came into the doors of our center either found new homes through our shoppers, or through our partner organizations.
  • Our Closed Loop School Supply Program was piloted with two elementary schools
  • ACR was named a platinum-level Austin Green Business Leader

Read the full report below:

ACR_FY2020_Annual_Report

We’re Reopening!

When we closed our doors on March 15th, we thought it would be two weeks before we could reopen again. We had no idea that 5 months later, we would still be in the midst of a global pandemic, with no end in sight. The team at Austin Creative Reuse has been incredibly adaptive during these strange times – quickly opening up an online store, offering custom orders via virtual video conferencing, and hosting sidewalk sales multiple times a week. Despite all these new services, we know it hasn’t been enough to serve the needs of our entire community. After much careful consideration, we have decided to reopen the doors to our center on Thursday, August 20th

 

We know that not everyone is comfortable venturing out into public spaces, which is why we will continue to offer our online store with curbside pickup, and custom orders via Zoom. However, we will discontinue our sidewalk sales upon reopening. 

 

Health and safety has always been at the forefront of our decision making process, and we’ll be taking several precautions to minimize risk and exposure for our staff, volunteers, and you – our loyal customers and supporters. 

 

If you are feeling ill, caring for someone who is ill, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID in the past 14 days, we ask that you postpone your visit to ACR.

 

  • Limited Hours: We’ll be open during the following times:
    • Sun – Wed: CLOSED
    • Thurs & Fri: 10AM – 4PM
    • Sat: 11AM – 6PM
    • Curbside pickup will remain available from 10AM – 4PM, 7 days a week
  • At-Risk Shopping Hour: We will reserve an hour each week specifically for those who are at risk.
    • Sat: 10AM – 11AM
  • Limited Entries: We will limit the number of customers in the center to 20 people at a time. Entry will be first come, first served. If we are at capacity, you will be asked to queue outside the center in a socially distanced line.
  • Masks Required – No Exceptions: In the best interest of everyone’s health and safety, we are not allowing shoppers in without a mask. We understand some people may have conditions preventing them from being able to wear one, however, we have other ways to access our services through online shopping and custom orders. For a nominal fee, we’re happy to pull together items for you to pick up curbside, in order to minimize your risk and exposure.
  • Contact Tracing: All customers will be asked to provide a name and email address or phone number upon entry. We value your privacy and will only use your contact information in the event of a known exposure.
  • Other Health and Safety Measures: Customers will be required to have their temperature taken and sanitize their hands prior to entering the center. You will also be required to keep at least 6 feet of distance from others while shopping inside.
  • Material Donations: We will continue to accept donations by appointment only, and walk up donations will be politely turned away. We are not allowing shoppers to bring donations at this time.
  • Frequent Cleaning and Sanitation: Prior to reopening, we will have a professional sanitation company perform a deep cleaning of the center. We are also sanitizing surfaces and high touch areas at least twice daily and providing frequent hand washing breaks for our staff and volunteers.

 

We are eager to share our new space with you! Our appreciation and gratitude goes out to each of you for your patience, support, and understanding during this time. We’ll see you soon!

We’re Hiring a Retail Manager!

 

Application Deadline: August 31st, 2020

Title:  Retail Manager 

  • Work week: Full time, weekdays and some weekends
  • Wage range: $38,000 – $42,000 per year (Commensurate with experience)
  • Reports to: Center Manager
  • Provides leadership to 10 staff members, as well as numerous volunteers, strategic partners and other community stakeholders.

 

What We Offer

  • Challenging opportunity to lead the retail team at a non-profit that is set up for exponential growth and impact in the community. 
  • Fun, creative and collaborative environment working with a team that’s passionate about reuse and creativity. Training and professional development to support your growth
  • Opportunity to expand your role based on interest and skill set.  

 

What You’ll Bring

We are looking for amazing people with diverse backgrounds and a genuine passion for creativity and reuse. Our ideal candidates will be comfortable talking about crafting materials and dealing with pricing questions.  We expect our Retail Manager to:

  • Be outstanding at customer service
  • Be efficient at checking out customers quickly
  • Have excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Be able to juggle multiple tasks and work in an active non profit environment
  • Amazing flexibility and the ability to work closely with a diverse team

 

Qualifications

  • Education: A bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Retail Knowledge: Minimum 2 years experience in retail management with experience in being accountable and responsible for the success of the business, operations and financial results.
  • Financial Management: 
    • Understanding of the creation and implementation of a budget.
    • Demonstrated experience with cash management and bookkeeping
  • Leadership & Management: 
    • Ability to train, develop and recognize talent and leadership.
  • Fundraising:. Strong ability to communicate the Austin Creative Reuse vision and obtain buy-in with donors, foundations, businesses, and other funding agencies.  
  • Physical Requirements: Push/pull merchandise with appropriate equipment to and from the backroom and sales floor. Lift, place, and arrange items on shelves and racks. Bend down and reach above your head. Climb and descend ladder. Stand during an entire shift (other than normal break time). 

 

What You’ll Do

The Austin Creative Reuse Retail Manager is friendly, personable, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about Austin Creative Reuse and our mission.  There are 4 main focus areas for the Retail Manager.  

 

In Strategic Planning and Center Operations, the Retail Manager will:

  1. Be accountable for daily retail operations and ensure the Creative Reuse Center is providing a quality experience
  2. Be accountable for scheduling staff and volunteers to meet all critical and required staff needs for the center and non-center events.
  3. Responsible for Meeting Revenue Projections for Creative Reuse Center. 
  4. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.

In Communications, the Retail Manager will:

  1. Oversee internal communications plan for direct reports that ensures quick and easy flow of organization’s operations information.
  2. Support the promotion of the activities of the organization, its programs and goals..
  3. Represent the programs and point of view of the organization both within and outside of the organization.

In Relations with Staff, the Retail Manager will:

  1. Be accountable for the recruitment, employment and release of retail personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
  2. Ensure that work plans are in place, that regular performance evaluations are held and that sound human resource practices are followed.
  3. Champion staff and volunteer development and education and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the success of the organization as a whole. 

In Budget and Finance, the Retail Manager will:

  1. Be accountable for maintaining sound financial practices 
  2. Have oversight of all internal financial controls at Creative Reuse Center
  3. Responsible for managing and reporting on budget for retail operations and direct reports. 
  4. Responsible for informing the Center Manager of potential risks and possible budget adjustment needs.

 

The above is intended to describe the general content of the requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

 

Who We Are

Austin Creative Reuse is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to foster conservation and reuse through creativity, education and community building.

  • We collect, distribute and sell reusable materials donated from industry and individuals.
  • We educate the community about how to reduce, reuse and create in responsible and fun ways. 
  • We unite the community by hosting a range of events, activities and classes that bring people together to build awareness around conscious consumption, sustainability and art
  • We promote awareness of like-minded organizations to reduce overlap and increase awareness of city resources.

 

To be considered for this position:

Please submit your resume and tailored cover letter online to work@austincreativereuse.org 

We review applications on a rolling basis, so it is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible.  We will not consider applications without a cover letter tailored to this position.

 

At Austin Creative Reuse, we believe that diversity makes us stronger and challenges us to think differently every day. Austin Creative Reuse provides equal employment opportunities to all on the bases of qualifications, merit and organizational needs. 

 

Learn More

Austin Creative Reuse: http://austincreativereuse.org/

Outdoor Sidewalk Sales

Since we closed on March 15th, ACR has adapted to meet the needs of our community, while making sure that the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and customers remain our top priority. Although we remain closed to the public, we’ve recently started to hold multiple sidewalk sales every week, with a focus on different materials each time. These sales are accessible by appointment, only and we announce the upcoming schedule via our weekly newsletter. Be sure you’re signed up to get first dibs!

 

Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect!

 

Welcome, Calder!

Austin Creative Reuse is thrilled to welcome Calder Kamin as our newest board member! Calder will be helping us develop strategic partnerships and on special projects. She has jumped right in by supporting our social media and marketing strategies, and advising us on online sales. Calder has been a long time supporter of ACR and a frequent shopper, sourcing materials for her latest artworks. Her work was recently featured on MSN.

Artist, educator and advocate, Calder Kamin transforms trash into beautifully crafted creatures and opportunities to reeducate our cultural perceptions of waste. She’s engaged hundreds of museum visitors through her public workshops and art projects including the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The American Museum of Natural History. The i.d.e.a Museum, Utah MOCA, The Contemporary Austin, Women & Their Work and The DoSeum. Kamin starred in an episode of the PBS series Arts In Context and two Disney Channel commercials sharing inspirational messages about creative reuse. She has a background in art administration, higher education and city government providing professional development for artists. A native of Austin, Kamin is the Career Services Manager and Lecturer at the University of Texas, College of Fine Arts. She holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute.

She can be contacted at calder@austincreativereuse.org

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ACR Donates Mask Materials

Despite the center being closed over the past two months, ACR proudly supported efforts to make masks for healthcare workers, the elderly, and other vulnerable members of the community. We donated enough fabric and supplies to make over 1,500 masks, with a retail value of nearly $500! Thank you to Dell Medical School – UT Austin, Covid Rangers, SAIVA, and all the individuals who picked up materials and volunteered their time. We appreciate your work to keep our community healthy!

COVID-19 Updates

For the past few months, Austin Creative Reuse has adapted to to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to update this page with the latest information.


August 24, 2020

We reopened our doors to the public this past weekend! Thank you to everyone who came out to show your support, we’re humbled by the huge turnout of our community. As expected, there were some bumps in the road, but we are learning, listening, and adjusting. Here are some changes we’ve made to our COVID-19 policies within the center, effective immediately:

  • We will be increasing the number of customers in the center to 20 at a time. Entry will be first come, first served. If we are at capacity, you will be asked to queue outside the center in a socially distanced line. The increased number of entries will decrease the waiting time outside the center, yet still keep us within our 25% occupancy, ensuring the safety of all patrons, volunteers, and employees.
  • We will allow children under 10 to enter the center. Children will be required to follow all the same protocols as adults, including masking and social distancing, and must remain with their parent or guardian at all times.
  • A friendly reminder that there are no pets allowed inside the center, with the exception of service animals. We love our furry friends, but please leave them at home.

August 17, 2020

We’re Reopening!

When we closed our doors on March 15th, we thought it would be two weeks before we could reopen again. We had no idea that 5 months later, we would still be in the midst of a global pandemic, with no end in sight. The team at Austin Creative Reuse has been incredibly adaptive during these strange times – quickly opening up an online store, offering custom orders via virtual video conferencing, and hosting sidewalk sales multiple times a week. Despite all these new services, we know it hasn’t been enough to serve the needs of our entire community. After much careful consideration, we have decided to reopen the doors to our center on Thursday, August 20th

We know that not everyone is comfortable venturing out into public spaces, which is why we will continue to offer our online store with curbside pickup, and custom orders via Zoom. However, we will discontinue our sidewalk sales upon reopening. 

Health and safety has always been at the forefront of our decision making process, and we’ll be taking several precautions to minimize risk and exposure for our staff, volunteers, and you – our loyal customers and supporters. 

If you are feeling ill, caring for someone who is ill, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID in the past 14 days, we ask that you postpone your visit to ACR.

  • Limited Hours: We’ll be open during the following times:
    • Sun – Wed: CLOSED
    • Thurs & Fri: 10AM – 4PM
    • Sat: 11AM – 6PM
    • Curbside pickup will remain available from 10AM – 4PM, 7 days a week
  • At-Risk Shopping Hour: We will reserve an hour each week specifically for those who are at risk.
    • Sat: 10AM – 11AM
  • Limited Entries: We will limit the number of customers in the center to 10 people at a time, and party size will be limited to 2 people. Entry will be first come, first served. If we are at capacity, you will be asked to queue outside the center in a socially distanced line.
  • Masks Required – No Exceptions: In the best interest of everyone’s health and safety, we are not allowing shoppers in without a mask. We understand some people may have conditions preventing them from being able to wear one, however, we have other ways to access our services through online shopping and custom orders. For a nominal fee, we’re happy to pull together items for you to pick up curbside, in order to minimize your risk and exposure.
  • Contact Tracing: All customers will be asked to provide a name and email address or phone number upon entry. We value your privacy and will only use your contact information in the event of a known exposure.
  • Other Health and Safety Measures: Customers will be required to have their temperature taken and sanitize their hands prior to entering the center. You will also be required to keep at least 6 feet of distance from others while shopping inside.
  • No Kids Allowed: Although we love our tiny reusers, we kindly ask that you leave the little ones at home at this time. We will allow the following exceptions: parents with infants are welcome to shop during our at-risk shopping hour, and kids 10 years of age and older will be allowed in if wearing a mask. They must remain with their parent at all times.
  • Material Donations: We will continue to accept donations by appointment only, and walk up donations will be politely turned away. We are not allowing shoppers to bring donations at this time.
  • Frequent Cleaning and Sanitation: Prior to reopening, we will have a professional sanitation company perform a deep cleaning of the center. We are also sanitizing surfaces and high touch areas at least twice daily and providing frequent hand washing breaks for our staff and volunteers.

We are eager to share our new space with you! Our appreciation and gratitude goes out to each of you for your patience, support, and understanding during this time. We’ll see you soon!


July 20, 2020

While we remain closed to the public, we’d like to remind you of all the exciting services we are currently offering:

  • Material Donations – We continue to take donations by appointment, only. These are still going quickly, but new spots are added each week for the following week.
  • Online Shopping – We’re adding new items to our online shop every day!
  • Custom Orders via Zoom – Looking for something specific? Make an appointment to shop virtually! For 30 minutes, you’ll have someone available to show you all the goods we’ve got in store.
  • Sidewalk Sales – We are holding multiple sidewalk sales each week that are accessible by appointment, only. We announce the upcoming schedule and release appointment spots via our weekly newsletter so be sure you’re signed up to get first dibs!

June 23, 2020

Our first outdoor sale was a huge success! Moving forward, each week we’ll pick different categories of your favorite crafting supplies and bring them out to the sidewalk for you to peruse. These sales will be accessible by appointment, only and we’ll announce the schedule through our weekly newsletter. Make sure you’re signed up to be the first to know!


June 16, 2020

We miss our community dearly!  Today, we held our first (of hopefully many more!) outdoor sidewalk sales. It was lovely to see everyone, we so appreciate your support. 
 
We had high hopes to begin the re-opening of our creative reuse center this week. Given the news on Monday of the City and County extending the stay at home order until August 15th, we have made the decision to re-evaluate our options. We know you are eager to get into the center and believe us, we are eager to see you too. However, the safety of our staff, volunteers and the whole Austin community is our highest priority. It is up to us to make these difficult decisions and be responsible in our business practices to ensure long term safety for all of us.  
 
We are researching different ways of getting materials into your hands and onto your crafting tables. Below you will find information on custom orders. Stay tuned to our social media channels for info on our next outdoor sidewalk sale, and don’t forget to visit our online store – new items are constantly added and curbside pickup is available 7 days a week from 10AM – 4PM. 
 

Thank you for all of your support and patience.  Remember to wear your mask!

 

Announcing Custom Orders!

Make a purchase from your couch and pick it up curbside! For 30 minutes, you’ll have a live, personal shopper available to you via the video conferencing app, Zoom. 
 
How it works:
  • Make an appointment – these are first come, first served!
  • Put together a list of items you’re looking for ahead of time – that 30 mins goes quick!
  • You’ll be emailed a link with your Zoom meeting info in your appointment reminder.
  • Payment will be collected at the end of your appointment.
  • We’ll wait for 5 minutes past the start of your scheduled appointment. If you haven’t joined by then, you’ll be considered a no-show and charged a cancellation fee and your appointment fee will not be refunded.

May 26, 2020

A quick update about all the happenings over here at Austin Creative Reuse! Although we still remain closed to the public, our amazing staff has been working hard behind the scenes to get items posted to the online store and into your hands, piloting a personal shopping program, and figuring out what opening in a post-pandemic environment looks like. We continue to accept material donations, and in response to overwhelming demand, we are nearly doubling the amount of appointments available! Last week, we eagerly welcomed back our core volunteers in a limited capacity. We started allowing contactless pick up of projects they could take home to work on and bring back to the center at a later date. Finally, keep an eye out for exciting news regarding private shopping appointments! (Yes, that means getting ACR all to yourself!)

Thank you to everyone for your support, patience, and creativity throughout all of this. We look forward to seeing you again soon!


May 9, 2020

We’re delighted to announce that ACR is receiving a loan from the Paycheck Protection Program! Having this funding secured helps shield our financial losses over the past two months, which means we can breathe a little easier and make things happen on a timeline that we are comfortable with. We’ve made the decision to keep the center closed until further notice, and will re-evaluate that decision on a weekly basis. In the meantime, we continue to engage our staff who choose to work during this period and pay them full wages.

While we remain closed to the public, we are boosting the inventory available in our online shop and will be adding new items several times a week. We are also actively researching ways that we can expand the remote ACR experience for our community through virtual workshops, custom orders, and other exciting programs!

Finally, drumroll please…we will restart accepting material donations next week! We understand many of you have been busy cleaning out craft closets, decluttering, and learning what you can live without throughout the past several weeks. We can’t wait to take those items in and find them a second home! Donations will be accepted by appointment only and this will be strictly enforced. No walk up donations will be accepted. Please read the new instructions carefully and be sure to look over our donation best practices and lists of items we accept and don’t accept prior to bringing your items in.


April 28, 2020
 
For the safety of our staff, volunteers, and community at large, we are continuing to NOT accept material donations at this time. We are making adjustments to our donation policies and procedures for the wellbeing of everyone in the Austin Creative Reuse community. We ask for your patience as we navigate this new normal together. Hang on to those donations, we will make an announcement once we’re ready to accept them! In the meantime, remember to check out the lists of: Items We Accept and Items We Don’t Accept, pre-sort them, and put them in a container you’re willing to donate as well. Do not leave donations outside of the center!

April 24, 2020

You asked for it, we listened!
We are very excited to announce that ACR is now open for online shopping and curbside pickup! At our new online shop, you can find tutorial kits with supplies and instructions to create unique pieces of art for the whole family, highly sought-after items such as sewing machines, and mystery grab bags full of miscellaneous goodies to bring the ACR experience to you. We are currently only offering sales of the items in our shop – but don’t worry, we hope to expand our online inventory soon. 

All orders must be picked up curbside until further notice – please read the pickup instructions carefully at the end of your checkout.


April 18, 2020
 
Here at Austin Creative Reuse, we take the safety and health of our staff, volunteers and customers very seriously. ACR will remain closed to the public throughout the extension of the City of Austin’s stay at home mandate, which goes through May 8th. However, with the governor’s new executive order that allows online sales and curbside pickup for retail establishments, we are researching different ways that ACR can offer sales in a limited capacity.
 
We are currently planning for how and when ACR can responsibly reopen once local, state, and national restrictions have been lifted. Please note, some of our policies and procedures will change regarding volunteering, shopping, and donating materials at the center. We appreciate everyone’s patience, flexibility, and understanding as we navigate this new normal together!
 

April 14, 2020
 
ACR will remain closed until further notice. On April 13th, the Board of Directors voted to continue paying staff for hours worked at home through May 11th. 
 

April 1, 2020
 
Due to the City of Austin’s stay at home mandate, the center will be closed to the public, staff and volunteers until at least April 13th or such time as the order has been lifted or changed and recommendations have been made to open businesses again to the public. 
 

March 25, 2020
 
Here at ACR, we pride ourselves on transparency. We want our community to know that we are doing all we can to help those affected most by the center closure, our hardworking staff. During an emergency board meeting held on Tuesday, March 17th, the following was decided:
 
“While the center is closed, ACR will continue to offer hours to staff who wish to work. We have provided take home opportunities to employees for the duration of the stay-at-home order mandated by the City of Austin. We would like to emphasize that working during this time is optional. There will be no impact on long-term employment at ACR for any staff who choose not to work during this period. ACR is committed to offering full wages to employees who work or are scheduled to work through Sunday, April 12, 2020. We will endeavor to give you as much notice and transparency as possible in this rapidly changing environment. We continue to monitor recommendations from the CDC, WHO and local authorities.”
 

March 15, 2020
 
After much painful deliberation, we have decided to be proactive and close ACR to the public, effective 8PM tonight through Sunday, March 29th. We did not make this decision lightly. Our mission, first and foremost, is to divert materials from the landfill. However, we did not feel that it was socially responsible to continue accepting donations at our center. Eliminating that piece of our operations while continuing sales feels like we are not staying true to our mission. Therefore, closing temporarily is the right choice to ensure the continued health of our volunteers, staff, and shoppers. We will actively monitor policies and directives at the local, state, and federal levels regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and will adjust accordingly, if needed.
 
ACR is a small non-profit comprised of a large volunteer community, and 11 paid staff members. While this closure will have an unknown effect on our livelihood as an organization, we are committed to ensuring that our staff have the opportunity to continue working if they so choose. Closing to the public will allow our staff to practice safe distancing, proper sanitation protocols, and limit the number of people coming in and out of the center. During this time, the staff will be working to organize the center and make it even better than before! 
 
We care about our community and understand that during these uncertain times, creativity and artistic expression are much needed. Be on the lookout for inspiring digital content from us! We also encourage you to stay engaged remotely via our Austin Creative Reusers group, or tag us @austincreativereuse to show us what you’re working on. If you have the capacity, consider making a financial donation or purchase an online gift card to use once we re-open.  
 
These are strange times. Take care of yourselves, and take care of each other. We will keep you updated via email and our Facebook page with any developments. 
 

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Build A Sign and Austin Creative Reuse reframe waste as a resource – helping their business, the environment, and the community

Build A Sign, an Austin printing company, joined the Austin Materials Marketplace to help close the loop on some of their most common byproducts – flag fabric, canvas, vinyl, sticker, gator board, and mesh scrap. The Marketplace team stepped in to learn more about these materials, research reuse applications, and promote their availability to businesses who could potentially use these materials.

 

After researching these materials and their reuse applications, the Austin Materials Marketplace team cast a wide net to promote them to local businesses and organizations, and hauled in Austin Creative Reuse as an interested taker. Austin Creative Reuse is a nonprofit reuse center that advocates for creativity, education, and community building. Since September, Austin Creative Reuse has been making weekly pick-ups for Build A Sign materials. This ongoing transaction has diverted 443 pounds of materials from the landfill which in turn avoided 1.74 cubic tons of carbon emissions from being created. These are some impressive numbers that will continue to grow in the coming year.

 

Build A Sign and Austin Creative reuse are also seeing monetary value created from this relationship. Build A Sign is saving on disposal costs and Austin Creative Reuse is realizing value from selling these materials at a fraction of their value to cost-conscious consumers such as teachers and artists. We estimate that around $2,000 worth of materials have made their way through the reuse center and back into consumers’ hands to be reused as raw material.

 

Even if a business recycles and composts, in many cases there are still odd materials that end up in the dumpster. Responsible businesses are exploring opportunities through the Austin Materials Marketplace to minimize costs and environmental impact by recovering these waste streams for higher & better uses – join the program to get involved!

Fall Board Planning Session – 2017 October

The board spent all day with our Executive Director on 10/14/2017 planning for new programs and services to offer in 2018. New programs and services could include: expanded hours and open days, expanded size of the retail portion of the Center along with workshop space, additional workshops and collaboration with artists for more workshops, expansion of the number and skillsets of board members and committees to leverage the plans, and creating new relationships with community partners and businesses to assist with success in these expansion plans. Our Executive Director, Isadora McKeon, will be creating a survey to collect ideas from stakeholders.

The Center’s metrics are strong to support some of the proposed changes, and a fundraising campaign will be created to pay for expanded space. Key an eye on this blog for details of changes as they evolve.

2005 Wheless Lane, Austin, TX 78723
Center Hours: Sun-Wed: CLOSED
Thu/Fri: 10AM - 4PM
Sat: 11AM -6PM
Curbside Pickup, 10am-4pm, Daily
Tel: (512) 375-3041