MECCA to Host Repair to Reuse Cafe

EUGENE, Ore. — Does your favorite sweater have a big hole in it? Or do you have an old sewing machine laying around that’s broken? Then we have the event for you. Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts (MECCA) is holding a Repair to Reuse Cafe event on Friday, Jan. 30. The nonprofit prides itself … Continue reading »

Interview: Create Something Day

EUGENE, Ore. — The crowds will rush out to malls all across the country the day after Thanksgiving, but there’s a greener alternative to Black Friday. It’s called Create Something Day put on by MECCA. People will be making gifts out of reuse materials in an effort to reduce our waste during the holiday season. … Continue reading »

Recycled Materials Make New Gifts

EUGENE, Ore. — There’s a new spin on regifting–transforming recycled items into innovative gifts. Adults and kids are getting creative at M.E.C.C.A., the Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts. For some, the materials there are trash. For others, it’s treasure. You’ll find it all organized. “In this year alone we have helped to divert 26,000 … Continue reading »

Recycled Wood Drums On at Art Gallery

EUGENE, Ore. — Connor Hopkins created every drum in his gallery exhibit by hand. They’re not made out of conventional materials — they’re made of wood. The wood is recycled material. Some of it’s old flooring, some of it Hopkins found in junk yards or got through donations. It takes him anywhere from two days … Continue reading »