About

About

Our Mission

Our mission is to foster conservation and reuse through creativity, education, and community building.

Vision

Our vision is a community that consciously consumes and chooses reuse as a first choice when evaluating the need for personal or project materials.

Through the discovery of the reuse of an object, a person will learn to evaluate use and purchase decisions based on the whole lifecycle of the object.

Our Values

Every object has impact : All material items have a social, economic, and environmental impact that influences our relationship with Stuff; nothing is free.

Reuse creates awareness : Reusing items sparks creativity, awareness, and exploration, fostering inspiration and engaged learning.

Communities are powerful : It’s more fun to play together and collaborate with the experts in our area to conserve vital resources.

Action is Advancement :  We believe in experimenting with new ideas and taking incremental steps to work towards goals.

What We Do

  • 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 make instructional kits, have a library of design and art ideas, and share these online and in our Creative Reuse Center.
  • 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.

Why We Do It

Reuse centers are more efficient than recycling, because it requires no industrial processing. Reuse also gives us a tangible and inventive way to engage in a sustainable lifestyle.

For the past thirty years, more than 25 creative reuse centers have been thriving in the US. Many of these organizations report diverting 60,000 lbs from landfill each year while also being economically viable organizations.

Through tinkering and creative exploration, reuse inspires the engineers, designers, architects, and artists of tomorrow.

Reuse centers create affordable and accessible opportunities.

Learn more by viewing mentions of Austin Creative Reuse in the Press!