Every Day is Earth Day!


Every Day is Earth Day at SCRAP Humboldt.

 Our mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community. We have been successfully providing affordable gently-used materials to the community and a small assortment of educational programs to the community, since we started in 2012. Starting, this June we will be fulfilling our complete mission with the expansion of our official Education program and The (Re)Workshop!  Join our monthly newsletter to learn about our upcoming Summer Camps, Workshops, Zero-Waste Birthday Parties and more!

How are you spending Earth Day this year? At SCRAP Humboldt, we will be handing out postcards with the image above (printed on reused paper, of course!), that you can color and mail to your family and friends. Share your ‘Acts of Green’ with the hashtag #actsofgreen and #scraphumboldt . Check out more Acts of Green here.

Arts! Arcata – Think Inside the Box


April’s Arts! Arcata exhibit is a community sourced art project facilitated by the creative reuse center, SCRAP Humboldt. After receiving a donation of thousands of gift boxes, the nonprofit project held an open call to artists and gave away almost one hundred gift boxes to classes, students, teachers, artists and the public. The boxes will be on display at SCRAP Humboldt, for the month of April with an Arts! Arcata reception on Friday, April 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


GeoCache Maker Madness!


A gathering to celebrate cache makers in our community and to inspire more cache creation! Geocaches are a gift to us all. Let’s celebrate all the Lost Coast Geocachers who have placed caches for us to find. Some of these caches challenge us physically, others workout the brain, many have crazy camouflage, and clever apparatus, but they all required creativity and ingenuity!
-Sign the log
-Swap loot
-Put faces to names
-Share stories
-Eat snacks
-Hear tips & techniques from geocache “masters”
-Win prizes (cache creation inspiration) Awards for favorites (post your nominees in the log!)
This event is being sponsored by the playful and creative crew at SCRAP Humboldt – Humboldt’s First Creative Reuse Center. SCRAP appreciates geocaching as a positive community activity and is excited to support geocache makers. LINK to GEOCACHE
 Check out our Geocache Cache sale too! Everything you need to get out in nature and discover (or make your own) cache! Click here to add it to your calendar!



Join SCRAP Humboldt at Redwood Curtain Brewing Company on Sunday March 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for some volunbeering! Get a discount on beverages while helping SCRAP Humboldt assemble their 100% volunteer powered Collage Packs! Redwood Curtain Brewing Company will donate a portion of all sales to SCRAP!

“Think Inside the Box” – A Call to Artists

1920513_703631859676566_354705742_n            Sometimes you have to “think outside the box” when it comes to receiving a donation of thousands of gift boxes. Thankfully, the donation coincides with the one year anniversary of Humboldt’s first creative reuse center opening their doors. Since then, the small nonprofit project has been busy diverting materials from the landfill and sharing these items with the community. In honor of their upcoming birthday celebration, SCRAP Humboldt is inviting the community to participate in their community art project.  Swing by SCRAP to pick up a gift box in March, “ Think Inside the Box” and transform it into a small art piece. Return the gift box to SCRAP by Thursday April 10 for exhibition during April Arts! Arcata.

The Winners of Reuse:Redesign


Old denim jeans, birdseed bags, t-shirts, neck ties, and gift ribbon are just some of the materials that were transformed into reusable bags in SCRAP Humboldt’s Reuse:Redesign contest. Over forty reusable bags were entered by participants from four different countries. A selection of the winning bags will be exhibited during Arts! Arcata on Friday, March 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at SCRAP Humboldt, on the corner of south G street and H street (101) in Arcata.

In celebration of the City of Arcata’s Reusable Bag Ordinance, SCRAP Humboldt invited the community to submit their own reusable shopping bag creations.  Jackie Hamilton of Fortuna’s It’s Sew You, won the “People’s Choice Award” for her repurposed bag made from an old pair of pants.  Jessica  Waggoner won  the “SCRAP Favorite” award for her finely crafted and detailed plarn (yarn made from plastic bags) bag.

Click here to seel all of the entries.

Friends of the Dunes + SCRAP Humboldt!

1798874_697770166929402_568012846_nNature Journal Workshop

Saturday, February 22, 2014
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Join naturalist and artist Julie Clark to learn some of the skills needed to make a nature journal on Saturday February 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. Using reused materials supplied by SCRAP Humboldt, participants will learn how techniques such as leaf rubbings, collage, contour drawing and poetry can be used to create a work of art that captures your outdoor experiences.

In addition, a brief lesson about the Lewis and Clark expedition will highlight the importance of making detailed drawings of the flora and fauna of any given area. Weather permitting, participants will take a short hike to practice water color/contour drawing in their newly created nature journals.

Open to adults and adult/child teams. (Appropriate for children 9 years and older). Adults: $16 members/$20 non-members. Children: $8 member/$10 nonmembers. Snacks and supplies will be provided.

R.S.V.P your space by calling (707) 444-1397 or email info@friendsofthedunes.org

Reuse: Redesign Winners!


1. SCRAP Favorite – Jessica Waggoner

2. People’s Choice – Jackie Hamilton of It’s Sew You (38 votes)

3. Most Unique Materials – Allison Poklembla

4. Creative Expression – Johanna Anderson

5. Oldest Bag Award- Pam Sowerwine

6. The Sweetest Reuse – Lee Ann Duclo

7. The Heavy Lifter Award – Teresa Landlaw

8. Best Humboldt Spirit Award – Laurie Lynch

9. Best Grandma Makeover – Marinamoo

10.Most Eye Catching Award – Karen Aguilar

11.The Biggest heart award – Athena Rose

12.Raven Approved, Raven Proof Award – Patty Demant

13.The Eat Your Veggies Award – Linda Medoff

14.The Chic Farmer Award – Penny Renner

15.The Not Afraid to use a Sewing Machine….It is a Machine Award – Paul


16.The Golden Bag Award (Professional) – Spring Garrett

17.The Missing Sock Award – Brenda Pendleton

18.The Lumberjack Award – Bonnie Broderick

19.Reuse isn’t just for the birds Award – Virginia Elrod

20.Day to Night Award – Mari Penley

21.Extending the Life of a T-shirt Award – City Arts

22.The International Award for Most Unique Materials – Gitte Leth


23.The International Creative Expression Award – Liane Beukel

24.The International People’s Choice Award – Helle Klindt

25.Youth – Best Unique Material – Sierra

26.Youth – Best Creative Expression – Nazalin

27.Youth – People’s Choice Award – Sasha Dronkers