Guest Post: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle-Donation Drive Recap

If you weren’t able to make it out on Saturday – Reduce, Reduce, Recycle in partnership with Texas Public Radio, it’s okay! This recap will catch you up on what you missed, and immortalize the pristine towers of donations before we unleashed almost 100 teachers onto them Monday (August 6, 2012).


San Antonio really stepped up! Fabric, jars, tile, DVD boxes, games, office supplies, paper rolls and much more walked through the doors of the Guadalupe Gallery of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, to be snapped up by eager volunteers to be sorted and organized. Below is a rare photograph of a pre-sorted donation…just look at all that good stuff!


Each item was placed with other like-objects to make the space easy to navigate, and aesthetically pleasing to look at. For example, see the fabric, frame, and arts sections:

Art Projects and Activities

spare parts set up several activities around the gallery for volunteers, donors, and curious individuals to check out. There was a wall of Draw Your Own Mustaches, where participants used markers to design unique facial hair on ads from old magazines.

REducing, REusing and REcycling was certainly on everyone’s mind, so we asked everyone to come up with more words that used the prefix “RE.” We supplied materials that people could use to add their word to the wall. Recreate, restore, and reimagine were some of our favorites.

Additional materials were also available to play with. Look what Gabbie’s family made using old pamphlets, two popsicle sticks, and some staples (below)!

Information and Ideas

Greater San Antonio Recycling Council, San Antonio River Authority, and others such as the group dedicated to winning the Guinness World Record for largest ball of Christmas lights, all showed up to promote recycling, repurposing, and arts education. Each one of these organizations had information and tips on how to live an eco-friendly life. Of course, we can’t neglect to mention the glorious snacks provided by Green, which kept everyone healthy, full and happy.

Here are more pictures of the day’s event!

Unfortunately, we are no longer collecting donations. But if you’re interested in staying in touch, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and join our email list to be kept up to date!

Adrienne Teeley is a spare parts intern. Learn more about her here!