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18
Feb
21

Nip it in the bud

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Gloucester Scrapstore, a treasure trove of scrappy delights which we raided for a craft table at E's birthday party. Families can pay £7 for an annual membership and fill up a Tesco bag with materials for £5 each time they visit (community groups can fill a trolley for £12). It's a much more creative (not to mention cheaper) way of crafting with kids. E was easily occupied with buckets full of bottle tops while I had a rummage through fabrics and rolls of paper.
If you're short on ideas there's a whole page of downloadable craft leaflets on their website. The Scraptstore is open Tuesdays 10 – 7pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 – 5pm and occasional Saturdays.

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08
Dec
13

12 Days of Christmas

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As we are all preparing for the festive season ahead, we thought that we'd round off the year with our 12 Days of Christmas Crafts

Have a Happy Christmas, Pancha Ganapati, Hanukkah, Yule, Kwanzaa, Hogmanay, Malanka, Dongzhi Festival, Newton Mas, Quaid-E-Azam if you celebrate and last but not least, we wish a fabulous 2015!

The Reuseful UK Team

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For Christmas, my scrapstore gave to me;

  1. Fingerprint Christmas Lights
  2. Diary Wreaths
  3. Initial Ornaments
  4. Sassy Snowmen
  5. Toilet Paper Roll Stars
  6. Ice Queens
  7. Woven Finnish Stars
  8. Christmas Tree Garlands
  9. Magical Christmas Lanterns
  10. Pop-Up Christmas Cards
  11. Christmas Stars
  12. Christmas Rag Wreaths
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03
Dec
13
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When I first started working at Reuseful UK last year it was as a volunteer. Volunteering had always been something I wanted to do. Having a new focus and feeling good about giving something back to the community. I learnt so much in only a matter of days about the secret world of scrapstores and all the amazing work scrapstore members do for their communities.

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19
Nov
15

Pawsitively Pawesome Pet Activities

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Are you a crafty person and an animal lover like us at Reuseful UK? 

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Here are some fantastic activities for you to try- mixing both your passions for animals and crafts! 

Doggy Dino Tank Top (AKA Jurassic Bark):

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28
Oct
15

Remember, Remember! The Fifth of November!

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Reuseful UK wants to put a spark into your Bonfire Bonanza.

Here are five great creative activities for you to try with your friends and family. 

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14
Oct
14

Frightfully Good Resources

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Reuseful UK want to put a spell on you this Halloween!

We have the pick of the patch for you. 13 frightfully fangtastic Halloween activities! 

 

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12
Aug
20

40 Days of Summer Part 2

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 Summer is doing it's usual British thing

With the weather being as awful as it is, do you need ideas for activities to keep your children busy during the bad weather? Reuseful UK is here to help! We have here 20 more activities to keep you busy and having fun this summer!

Remember to visit our directory for your nearest scrapstore to stock up on all the resources you need to get creative this SUMMER!

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24
Jul
14

40 Days of Summer Part 1

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Summer has ARRIVED!! 

Wondering what to do this summer? Reuseful UK is here to help! We have here 20 activities to keep you busy and having fun this summer!

Remember to visit our directory for your nearest scrapstore to stock up on all the resources you need to get creative this SUMMER!

 

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17
Feb
15

Organise Your Own Creative Recycling Event

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Our Guest Blogger Jenni Wraysbury is a former Travel Writer, who now freelances and has a huge interest in environmental issues.

 

Organise Your Own Creative Reusing Event!

As well as running scrapstores, members of Reuseful UK (formerly known as ScrapstoresUK) also get involved in organising all kinds of community events. The aim is to get more people of all ages discovering the fun of being creative – and turning 'rubbish' into something worth keeping. One recent event was Oxford's first 'swap'n'fix' event, where scrapstore charity Orinoco had a stall and showed how to turn an old video cassette into a new yo-yo!

If you have a passion for arts and crafts, it is a lot of fun to arrange an artistic happening and enthuse others. It could be something as small-scale as a coffee morning at your home for a few friends to try out new craft ideas. Alternatively, you may want to stage a full-scale fair or fete with artists and teachers demonstrating a whole range of artistic activities, from spinning recycled yarn to building giant junk models and collages.

There are many different possibilities to choose from, and you might want to tie your event in with Voluntary Arts Week, which will be held from May 9 to 18 in 2014. This year's VAW will include a national Craftbomb drive, with the idea being to decorate open areas of your local town or village with colourful temporary creations to inspire and excite the community. Of course, it is essential to get permission from the relevant authorities before going ahead with this.

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06
Feb
25
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Our Guest Blogger, Karen Cannard joined ReusefulUK as a trustee in November.  She is the creator of The Rubbish Diet, which is described as the UK’s first slimming club for bins and in January was listed in the Top 10 of the most influential people in the Resource sector.   Here she invites Scrapstore organisers and customers to join in the fun.

 

The Rubbish Diet began when, as a housewife on a mission to reduce my waste, I signed up to our local council’s ZeroWaste Week challenge.  I used the blog as an independent diary to record my creative attempts at improving my recycling, reducing my food waste and reusing what was left.  When Zero Waste Week came, all we threw away was a plaster after a couple of sweet wrappers had been repurposed for some toddler junk art.

The Rubbish Diet provides a real focus for anyone who’s curious about reducing their waste.  Last year the blog was developed into a website, where anyone can now sign up for the 4 week diet plan.  Over 1000 people have slimmed their bins with us so far.  After working out the top 5 things that fill your rubbish bin, you have four weeks to try and eliminate them.  Weekly emails help you improve your knowledge of local recycling, save money by reducing food waste and show off your reuse ideas before attempting the ultimate challenge of a zero waste week.

Most people who take The Rubbish Diet reduce their waste by around 50%. It’s a great personal challenge as well as an opportunity to promote your scrapstore to the community and media as part of the reuse message.  To take part, sign up at www.therubbishdiet.org.uk and if you’d like any info about encouraging your community to join and support you, do get in touch with The Rubbish Diet team via the website.

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02
Oct
23

Making Friends at RWM

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Whilst I was off relaxing and enjoying my holiday, Nikki was slaving away back at the office preparing for our exhibit at the RWM.

I jetted back and straight onto a train for the long journey to Birmingham. Once arriving our adventures began, setting up our stand, preparing drinks (its thirsty work getting the REUSE word out there) and preparing Ollie the owl for his adoring fans.

Even though the RWM was very hard working, talking to people who were amazed and enraptured by the work of scrapstores and resource centres made it fun. Ollie the Owl, Shelley the Snail and the Toadstools (Look with your eyes not with your hands!! -The times we had to repeat this, Argh!!)  were particular crowd pleasers as was expected. Everyone enjoyed playing our game of guessing what they were made of.

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17
Jan
20

Chairman's New Year Message

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Dear Supporter

 

I hope you had a lovely time over Christmas with family and friends.  I wish everyone a Happy New Year and I raise a glass to an exciting 2013.  The coming year holds lots of promise and significant challenges.

 

At the start of another year, I would like to say a heartfelt thank-you to each of our supporters for your invaluable support over this past year.  2012 was a very difficult and challenging year for scrapstores, especially in the current economic climate, but it was also a year when all scrapstores showed great courage and commitment to their cause and I am sure with our help and support they will succeed.

 

ScrapstoresUK continued its support by providing regular advice and help and I would like to acknowledge the time, commitment & drive of our National Coordinator Nikki DiGiovanni and her team for the enthusiasm & dedication in which they approach their work.

 

This year saw another successful National Conference in Nottinghamshire where the community came together for a great day of learning and sharing and of course the legendary “end of the day swap”.    We also saw the successful delivery of our CIWM Courses, which have had fantastic feedback.

 

We have much to look forward to this coming year, including on-going and new exciting projects which Nikki will be developing and sharing in the coming months.

 

I hope that 2013 will be a good year for you all, and that you will continue your support to make scrapstoresUK as successful as it has been for the past few years. Looking forward to keeping in touch with you in 2013.

 

 

Thank You and Happy New Year!

 

 

Jonathan Armstrong

Chairman, ScrapstoresUK

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14
Dec
13

Worcester Resource Exchange

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WRE – Worcester Resource Exchange is based in a large warehouse on an industrial estate close to Worcester city centre. The clean, safe business and industrial waste they collect is stored, sorted and displayed. Materials/items for sale range from plastics, foams, fabrics, tubes, netting to bicycles, wood, household paints, astroturf, rope, containers and new art and craft materials too.

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08
Nov
10

Superscrimpers

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On 25th July the third series of Superscrimpers started on Channel 4, ScrapstoreUK were featured and lead to a massive interest in scrapstores across the country.
Superscrimpers is the series that shows how to scrimp and save money with entrepreneur, journalist and mother-of-three Mrs Moneypenny.

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