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Upcycling gives an item with no perceived value a better purpose. It is the process of refashioning old or

discarded materials into something unique and often beautiful and of better environmental value.

CCL Depot for Creative Reuse & Community Makerspace



Located at 1815 E. Wilshire Avenue, Suite 906 in Santa Ana, California, the non-profit organization’s newest program is filled with reclaimed and reusable materials procured from businesses and individuals in and around Orange County – materials that would otherwise fill our precious landfills. Materials include unique and clean manufacturing scraps, a variety of colorful fabrics and textiles, paper goods, decorations, coffee bean burlap sacks, school supplies, picture frame moldings, 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, and math (STEM) education, the Depot for Creative Reuse also provides pre-packaged STEM-Based Challenge Kits that support the continued engagement and enrichment of STEM fields in our youth.

Through grants and fundraising contributions, the Child Creativity Lab offers a limited number of Materials Scholarships to distribute these materials free of charge to educators, afterschool providers, and other community programs serving underprivileged children. Materials can also be accessed through the Depot for Creative Reuse’s membership program. “Providing this resource to our local education sector meets a considerable unmet need,” said Peter Chang, Executive Director of the 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.”

We invite you to come browse the eclectic assortment of reusable materials, check out the Community Makerspace, pick up one of our pre-packaged STEM-based Maker Challenge Kits, and/or have your child enjoy one of the Mini-Creativity Stations.

Child Creativity Lab Depot for Creative Reuse
1815 E. Wilshire Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705


Mon-Fri 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sat 9:30am - 1:00pm





gerund or present participle: upcycling
  1. 1.
    reuse discarded objects or material in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.



Materials donations and Depot Memberships proceeds from the Depot for Creative Reuse will go towards support of our educational programming, materials scholarships, and other operational costs.




-  "Upcycled items are the ultimate 'value-added' products"

-  "Call it a win-win-win, these centers create green-collar jobs, reduce waste and offer artists an affordable place to buy supplies" 

-  "Creative reuse centers show the average person what's possible with found objects and make art more accessible to everyone"

-  "There are now 42 creative reuse centers across the U.S." (16 in California, although none in Orange County)

-  "The Reuse Alliance is spearheading a national creative reuse association"