Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Resources: Button, button, who's got the buttons?

There are a few local organizations working very hard to promote "solid waste diversion," which is a fancy way of saying, "Don't throw that away. Surely someone wants it." Imagine an Oakland manufacturer has 3000 green buttons, but it turns out green isn't selling this year. No matter how crafty the office manager is, she can't figure out what to do with 3000 extra buttons. Enter the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse. One call to the donations line, Mike drives over in the truck, and before you know it, those buttons are for sale in the shop on Telegraph Ave. and working their way into craft projects.

The Depot was created by and for teachers, as a teachers network and materials exchange. The result is an amazing place for educators, artists, and crafters. If you're in SF, SCRAP has a similar mission with an arts focus and a regular list of workshops and classes. Both places accept donations and have generous hours:

East Bay Depot for Create Reuse

4695 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
Open 11-6 everyday


801 Toland Street

San Francisco, CA

(415) 647-1746

Open 9-5, Tuesday through Saturday

Images from the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse


  1. Awesome! My kids like to make button pictures. I put dabs of glue on paper and the little ones put a button on each little spot of glue, creating a picture. I could REALLY use some green ones for St Patty's Day - too bad I'm all the way in Cleveland.

  2. MIT Mommy, if I stop by and the green buttons are still there, I'll send you some.


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