'creative reuse': [kree-ey-tiv re-yoos] (also known as up cycling or repurposing.) Using a material or product that is unwanted for its original purpose and through creative activity transforming it into a work of art, decoration, or useful item.


  • Engage people of all ages in creative activity and the maker culture through creative reuse.
  • Serve the community by making a vast array of materials for art and maker activity available to all at low or no cost.
  • Build a maker movement in which people can work together, exchange ideas and make a difference in each other's lives.
  • Heal the environment through creative reuse and raise awareness about upcycling raw materials and repurposing usable goods.
  • Teach artists, artisans and educators how to include creative reuse in their work and support them to teach others.
  • Provide opportunity and education to all ages, regarding maker culture and the maker movement.
  • Creative a model materials depot and maker space that can be easily duplicated all over the world.

Model & History...

REMAINDERS' materials depot is modeled after SCRAP, a San Francisco Bay Area Creative Reuse center, which has been upcycling materials for use as art supplies for more than 30 years. SCRAP is housed in a 5,000 square foot warehouse provided by the San Francisco Unified School District. In exchange, SCRAP provides free materials and low cost professional development programs to teachers and organizations.