To enhance the community artistically and environmentally by providing opportunities for the creative reuse of a variety of secondhand materials
It's not just that we help the environment by keeping materials from taking up space in the landfill or ending up in our waterways-- we donate materials to educators, nonprofit arts groups and other community organizations (see a list of recipients here). In addition, we support small businesses by featuring and promoting amazing items made by local and nationwide artisans who use repurposed materials in their creations!
We weigh every donation of materials that come to us. So far, Untrash Creative Reuse has kept 200 pounds of materials out of the waste stream and into the hands of people helping to beautify the community. (updated 10/22)
Inspired by thrifty Greatest Generation parents and growing up in Iowa (which included a 4-H membership and spending a lot of time indoors November-April, sewing, crafting, and cooking), Untrash CR owner Patricia Allbee has been doing something creative ever since, whether knitting, scrapbooking, macrame', creating wacky Halloween costumes, wrapping gifts with maps and other reused materials, and writing (because wordsmithing IS an art, after all!!).
A writer by profession, she's written articles about creatives and their creations for the Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer and D Magazine (as well as environmental and art-related articles for the City of Richardson's Communications Dept.) and had a "lightning bolt of inspiration" moment several years ago in which she set her sights on writing a "reuse blog" and opening a creative reuse center. Many baby steps later (and a pandemic), here we are. Her ultimate goal is for Untrash Creative Reuse to become a 501(c)3 organization and occupy its own brick and mortar location. Stay tuned!