“Creative reuse organizations across the country improve the environment, enhance the arts and culture of their communities, and contribute to local, sustainable economies”. This mindset is the driving force behind South Kensington business and American Street Feast Neighborhood Partner, The Resource Exchange.
In 2009, The Resource Exchange was founded as a home for film and theater sets being discarded after production had wrapped and the final curtain was drawn. The performing arts use a variety of materials ranging from lumber and hardware to furniture, props, and costumes made exclusively for their productions. As you can imagine most of those items end up in a landfill, even though they are perfectly usable, and often beautiful, materials. In their first year, The Resource Exchange saved “over 30 tons of what was once considered 'waste' for reuse, and helped to divert over 600 tons of additional material previously destined for our region’s landfills for recycling”. Now that’s a number!
Today, after seven years of reducing, reusing, and recycling, The Resource Exchange is open to the public five days a week on the corner of 2nd Street and Cecil B Moore Avenue, right here in South/Old Kensington. Plus, they’ve expanded to house everything from housewares to art supplies - all reclaimed and ready for use!
As a Neighborhood Partner of the Feast The Resource Exchange donated materials for neighbors to use in building a 3D community map fabricated by another Neighborhood Partner, NextFab.