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Marking Back to School with Creative Reuse!

Regular customer Bill knew just what to do when a friend of his posed a peculiar request:  “So, Bill, do you know where I could get a big cardboard tube fast, like by this weekend?” He responded with a confident, “I know a place…” Bill picked up a 10 foot tall cardboard tube from The Resource Exchange, cut it in half, and gave the pieces to his friend Tracy for these adorable back to school projects. The tubes were painted and topped with paper to create a giant pencil and crayon that marked the kids’ first days of school!   … Continue reading

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Reclaimed “River Beasts and Besties!”

Beth from Ethnologica, a research consultancy firm with a focus on community-based ethnography, recently came into The Resource Exchange to find reclaimed materials to use in their storytelling and art workshop River Beasts and Besties. The event, held at The Barn at Bartram’s Garden, was made possible by an Ecotopian Toolkit award from the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities for Ethnologica’s project entitled Monsters of the Deep, Myths for the Future. Ethnologica created this public workshop to: …explore local fears of and hopes for urban waterways as part of their ongoing work researching community conceptions of health and wellbeing. Fear … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Teachers Brighten Classrooms with Creative Reuse

These amazing teachers are kicking off the school year with a sustainable start! We salvage homasote sheets from movie sets, made with 98% recycled paper and wax! They’re perfect for countless classroom projects and decorations. RE customer Honora saw the potential and put the homasote to good use in her art class. “The photos were from my Art 2H class at Harriton HS. The students were practicing using watercolors. They were working on the homasote boards I got from you last summer.  They were a hit! I hope to have them for many years!” More classrooms decorated with reclaimed materials from … Continue reading

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