We collect safe, clean, usable—but unwanted—items from local businesses and individuals, diverting over 10 tons of material from landfills each year. With a membership, you will have access to our Depot for Creative Reuse, which contains a wide array of new and used items. This area is open to the public and is a great resource for teachers, artists, crafters, and anyone looking for an environmentally friendly and inexpensive option for materials.
MATERIALS FOR THE COMMUNITY
Our Depot for Creative Reuse is filled with reclaimed and reusable materials procured from businesses and individuals in and around Orange County – materials that would otherwise fill our landfills. Our low-cost membership program and material scholarships ensure that all materials are affordable for the community. Materials include unique and clean manufacturing scraps, retired inventory, a variety of colorful fabrics and textiles, paper goods, decorations, school supplies, and many other items that can be repurposed for educational projects, arts and craft supplies, home décor and DIY needs.
Because of the organization’s focus on hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math (S.T.E.A.M.) education, the Depot for Creative Reuse also offers pre-packaged STEM-Based Challenge Kits that support the continued engagement and enrichment of STEM fields in our youth.
Child Creativity Lab Depot for Creative Reuse
1815 E. Wilshire Avenue, #906
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Last Saturday of the month: 10:00am - 12:00pm
No appointment required
WHAT IS A DEPOT MATERIAL MEMBERSHIP?
Visit us to learn more about the benefits of having a material membership. Memberships are required to pick up materials and last for one year, starting on the date that you sign up. All material donations and depot membership proceeds from the Depot for Creative Reuse support our educational programming, material scholarships, and other operational costs.
Interested in donating your unwanted materials to the Depot for Creative Reuse? Click HERE to learn more.
Through grants and fundraising contributions, the Child Creativity Lab offers a limited number of materials scholarships to distribute these materials for free to Title 1 educators, afterschool providers, and other community programs serving underprivileged children. Material scholarships allow Title 1 educators to utilize 100 units worth of materials, free of charge, for their educational programs.
“Providing this resource to our local education sector meets a considerable unmet need,” said Peter Chang, Founder of Child Creativity Lab. “According to a recent study summarized in Forbes magazine, teachers are spending significant amounts from their own pockets – over $500 per year per teacher – in order to provide supplies and instructional materials for their classroom every year. The Child Creativity Lab Depot for Creative Reuse helps to alleviate some of that financial burden while assuring creativity in the classroom isn’t compromised.”
To apply for a Material Scholarship for your Title 1 classroom/school, fill out a Material Scholarship Application Form and drop it off in-person or mail to our location. Please note that Material Scholarships are limited based on grant funding and not all applications will be approved.