Blog Posts

  • Clothes Swap
    The most environmentally friendly option that has been gaining a lot of traction over the past few years is the “Clothes Swap”, a small party where people bring valued but no longer used clothing and exchange them for a few items brought in by another participant.
  • Tips for Reducing Food Waste
    During the pandemic I became more aware of how I stored my food to maximize its shelf life. As we all know a lot of grocery stores were low on food so I made an effort to make sure I put to use every single piece of food I bought.
  • 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,
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  • Food Scraps: Waste or Resource
    We throw away 30-40% of our food, 133 billion pounds worth $161 billion, every year. That’s bad!
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • #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,
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  • #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
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  • #CreativeReuseTuesday | All-Things-Bubbles
    With summer upon us we decided to start a new, weekly feature called #CreativeReuseTuesday, where we approach a kid-friendly activity with a reuse spin. If we’re feeling extra wild occasionally we’ll pair the activities with a library book that will fit with our activities theme. I’ll be tackling this endeavor with my two-year-old son, who
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