Member Spotlight 2011, Creative Reuse

Scrap Exchange

Scrap Exchange

The Scrap Exchange is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse. They collect & distribute donated materials through their retail store in Durham, North Carolina as well as through workshops, parties, and outreach events across the Southeast.


ReSource Warehouse & Gallery is a new creative reuse center located in Hickory, North Carolina that is operated through the Safe Harbor Rescue Mission. The reuse center parallels what they hope to accomplish every day with the women they serve — something (or someone) that seemed to be unwanted or overlooked can find a new purpose and can become a renewed resource for our society with a little bit of help. In their first year of business, they have already been quite successful. Their 2011 goal was to save 5 tons of materials from landfills, but, to date, they have already saved over 23 tons, created several jobs, provided affordable materials for “upcycling,” and inspired everyone who has walked inside their doors to think “outside the box.”