The Scrap Exchange


DURHAM, NC — The Scrap Exchange’s traveling creative arts service brings creativity to the task of reducing waste through arts programming at community festivals throughout the southeast. Annually, the nonprofit creative reuse arts center diverts more than 70 tons of non-recyclable materials from businesses and manufacturers otherwise forced to send discards to landfills. These clean industrial discards include a variety of high-quality fabric, cones, tubes, zippers, elastic, lace, foam, paper, matte board, boxes, baskets, adhesives and other unique materials perfect for creative reuse.

Each year, the organization’s Events by the Truckload programming entertains thousands at events across the southeast. Four eco-friendly program options include:

·         Make-N-Take, hands-on art making
·         Junk Jams, percussion music with upcycled instruments
·         Build It, play-based construction using loose parts
·         Take Apart Station, inquiry-based demolition of gadgets

The Scrap Exchange provides a truckload of unique supplies, along with staff to facilitate and leave the area as clean as they found it. The materials and possibilities are sure to intrigue toddlers to teenagers to senior citizens, while large numbers can participate without waiting in line. For more specific information about program options, please visit their website.

The Scrap Exchange creative reuse arts center is located at 2050 Chapel Hill Road in Durham NC. The facility is home to the retail store, art gallery, and three studio spaces hosting birthday parties, workshops, classes, open studios. Selling materials at 50-75% off retail value, The Scrap Exchange is an enchanting destination for anyone in need of interesting, high quality, affordable materials. Their mission to promote creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse influences everything they do as an organization.

The Scrap Exchange store is open to the public 10am-7pm, seven days a week. Contact the program office at 919-213-1278 for your event or our retail store at 919-688-6960 for other inquiries.