The idea of repurposing and reusing is being introduced to the pint-sized demographic everywhere. It makes sense, of course, to get children thinking about new ways to retool materials and keep goods out of the landfill. These three reuse centers are catering to the imaginative minds of kids, offering classes, workshops and playtime. Read on to see where to take your little ones.
Seattle ReCreative in Seattle, Washington
With children’s classes like Friday Crafternoons and Maker Mania, its hard not to get excited about Seattle ReCreative. This creative reuse center collects donated materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill and resells them to the community. As the only creative reuse facility in Seattle, they really cover the gamut, offering classes to adults, children’s summer camps and even drop-in playtime.
Head over to Seattle ReCreative at 8408 Greenwood Avenue N in Seattle, Washington.
East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse in San Francisco, California
Known as the Depot, the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse began providing environmentally-friendly, reused supplies to educators since the 1970’s. The retail location in Oakland’s Temescal District is a model of sustainable use and is even made with salvaged wood and windows. We have to applaud their efforts to keep 11 tons per month on average of waste diversion by accepting materials at their store. Aside from collecting donated, discarded materials and selling them in the Depot shop, the Depot also provides arts and crafts activities for schools, community events and through recreational programs. Stay tuned for upcoming events on their Facebook page.
Pop into East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse at 4695 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, California.
Extras for Creative Reuse in Boston, Massachusetts
Just outside of Boston, this creative reuse center has been offering recycled materials and workshops to teachers and students since the 1980’s. The membership-based reuse center serves as a shopping resource with donated goods like textiles, tins and everything from rubber erasers to pvc piping. Follow them on Instagram for the latest donations. Creative Reuse is a great place for children to browse and dig through materials for projects. Kids can also take advantage of the play space to create on site. Be sure to check their social media before heading over!
Visit Extras for Creative Reuse at 20 Wheeler Street, Ste 302 in Lynn, Massachusetts.
Let us know in the comments if there are other kid-friendly creative reuse centers you frequent. We’ll add them to the list.