Low waste shopping

If you read Sustainably Amber’s post on Tips for Reducing Food Waste, you might be in the market for eco-friendly grocery shopping. Amber has collated some excellent tips just for you! Always keep your reusable bags in your vehicle – that way you will never forget them. For those times you do forget them try to opt for brown bags. (Brown bags are great for wrapping paper too!) Some stores like Sprouts Farmers Market will even Read more…

Earth Day 2021—Restore our Earth

Every now and then, I think about this particular scene in “The Graduate,” a 1967 film with Dustin Hoffman. “One word: Plastics”   In retrospect, it seems a harbinger of our current plastic pollution woes. Indeed, according to a July 2019 National Geographic Magazine article, “Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues, as rapidly increasing production of disposable plastic products overwhelms the world’s ability to deal with them.” Plastic by the numbers—same Read more…

Spare Partsventures | Treasures 4 Teachers

One of our new board members, Michelle Treviño, recently visited Treasures 4 Teachers, a Tempe, Arizona organization with a mission “to provide free and low-cost school supplies to teachers from the community’s reusable resources.” I recently had an opportunity to go to Phoenix, Arizona with my husband. During that trip, I visited a local organization called Treasures 4 Teachers. They are a reuse store specifically geared towards helping educators once they become members for an annual fee Read more…

Aspiring to bring sustainability, reuse, and creativity to even wider audiences.

Dear friend of Spare Parts,When Swedish activist Greta Thunberg traveled to the United NationsClimate Action Summit in New York she could have flown, but that would have contributed to carbon emissions. Knowing that her carbon footprint could be reduced, she sailed the Atlantic carbon emission-free. That is the kind of awareness and consideration of climate impact that inspires global action. By now, you must have seen her U.N. talk where she passionately challenged leaders to Read more…

#CreativeReuseTuesday | Cardboard Box

Give a kid a box, and they’ll be occupied for hours. Seriously. My son enjoys anything we’re just about to toss in the recycling bin — milk jugs, water bottles, cereal boxes. But you give him a cardboard box, and you’re his best friend for life. We recently picked up the board book, Let’s Go, Ted!, and the book follows toddler Ted as he imagines all the different things he can do with a cardboard Read more…

#CreativeReuseTuesday | In Celebration of Flag Day

With Flag Day happening on Friday (June 14), we looked inside our craft arsenal as well as Spare Parts closets to find some items to make a no/low cost flag. Our trusty founder and executive director, Mary Elizabeth Cantú, gifted us some canvas material as well as some magnetic letters, and we found some leftover fabric paint to create a unique flag to hang up in any room. My son is slightly obsessed with the Read more…