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…

#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 currently prefers cars over crayons but he does enjoy building towers with items from our recycling bin. In preparation for Read more…

Spare Parts participates in The Big Give 2019

2019 marked the first year Spare Parts participated in The Big Give. Since becoming a non-profit organization in June 2018 this was our first year being eligible to participate in the annual giving day. Spare Parts received $2,438 in donations from 31 donors during The Big Give efforts held on March 28. We went live on social media, e-mailed our supporters, and for one-day only brought back our materials giveaway. Although our team is small Read more…