photos and article by Alice Carroll

Not exactly sure what a creative reuse center is? Very niche, I know, but picture this: the motherload, heaven on earth, honey hole place for people who love to get crafty, find inspiration, and help the planet. Not only is it a place to have fun with your family, friends, significant other, or your own imagination, but it’s the perfect place to get rid of all the junk in your hall closet that’s collecting dust. As a wise Macklemore once said, “one man’s trash, that’s another man’s come up.” What’s collecting dust in your garage just might inspire the next Picasso. 

“One man’s trash, that’s another man’s come up.”

Macklemore

Creative reuse takes the principles of upcycling and repurposing and allows you to transform unwanted items into something more useful. Creating new products saves room in landfills while promoting community, conservation, and creativity. 

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Creative. Creative, creative, creative. What’s the big deal about all this dang creativity? Economic research shows that creativity is the first-in-demand soft skill in the world. Stefan Mumaw, who has authored six books on creativity, defines creativity as “problem-solving with relevance and novelty,” a.k.a. problem solving in original ways. He also believes that creativity isn’t innate, it can be learned. With technology slowly creeping into the workforce, being creative and having original ideas is the best way to ensure your career is “future-proof.” Creative people also tend to be more optimistic, as obstacles aren’t just roadblocks, but opportunities to come up with a new solution. 

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The root of the word creative means ‘to grow.’ Creative reuse allows for you to grow simultaneously with nature, as you become even more of an original thinker while doing something to extend material life and save the planet. If you want to incorporate creative use into your life, try a creative class, get inspired by the Cameron gallery, or let your imagination free in the Make-N-Take room. Some project ideas to get started include bottlecap art, coffee filter and paper cup fixtures to hang from the ceiling, or challenging a friend to pick five items for each other and see what you both come up with!