The Scrap Exchange is a Creative Reuse Center — we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse.

We collect materials from hundreds of individuals, businesses, industries, and municipal sources and distribute those materials through our retail store in Durham, North Carolina as well as through workshops, parties, and outreach events across the Southeast.

The Scrap Exchange creates a win-win-win situation for everyone involved — our donors are eligible for a tax deduction for the value of the items they donate; community members have access to hard-to-find, affordable materials; and usable materials are kept from entering the waste stream.

Reuse

At the Scrap Exchange, we focus on promoting reuse. Reusing is preferable to recycling because it saves the energy that comes with having to separate and recreate raw materials and re-manufacture products. It also significantly reduces waste and pollution because it reduces the need...

Create

Hands-On Ways To Express Your Vibe. Reuse and environmental awareness is not boring! The Scrap Exchange provides a venue for experimenting and learning new ways to explore creative reuse. Through a variety of opportunities such as screen printing, sewing...

Educate

Education provides children and adults with opportunities to escape poverty, gain a voice in their community and experience a better quality of life. The Scrap Exchange aims to provide the community education on creative opportunities for reuse as well...

Art

Beauty Builds Community Art is at the core of what we do. From the very beginning in 1991 The Scrap Exchange has been a valuable resource for all types of artists, providing affordable and unique materials in an environment...

Community

Community is What Makes the Scrap Magic Whether it is are volunteer team that makes this organization run like clockwork, our paid staff that takes us to the next level, our regular customers whom we love to see again...