Don't Trash It
You've probably heard the expression "one man's trash is another man's treasure." That's sort of the philosophy at SCRAP DC: They subscribe to the idea of creative reuse -- providing materials that would otherwise be discarded as means for you to create treasures of your own. It's environmentally sustainable, educational and promotes creativity. It's a do-good trifecta. Maybe you're familiar with the term "upcycling." SCRAP DC, this week's DDG featured org, prefers "creative reuse."
According to the SCRAP DC site, "Creative Reuse (also known as upcycling or repurposing), is when the addition of creativity to an already manufactured item brings a new function." So, in a sense, alchemy.
Let's look at the benefits: Environmental -- materials are kept out of landfills. Economic -- Access to inexpensive materials, as well as the creation of jobs. Educational -- Encouraging community members to stretch their creative muscles.
Well, we're convinced. How about you?