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[one_half]The Resource Exchange provides inspiration and reclaimed materials for
creative and environmentally resourceful making, teaching & living.

Our nonprofit shop, gallery, and workshop space promotes creative reuse, recycling, and resource conservation by diverting valuable materials from the waste stream and redirecting them to artists, builders, educators, and the general public.

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  • On the set of our first major film strike, we saved over 25 tons of the lumber with a local union film crew
  • Our first space was in the Philadelphia Navy Yard, where volunteers de-nailed reusable lumber from our first film strike.
  • A lot of valuable resources from theatres often end up in landfill after the curtain closes. We work with many local theatres (pictured is a set from The Arden) to not only save set materials, but to put them back into future productions!
  • We work in partnership with Revolution Recovery, a local recycling company, to prioritize reuse and ensure that the remaining material is recycled
  • The Mural Arts Program’s Restored Spaces Initiative (with The International Design Clinic) used our reclaimed materials to build an outdoor classroom at the Bodine High School for International Affairs!
  • Even our flyers are made from reclaimed materials...these were printed on old magazines!

“The reuse of materials is a great service to small budget theaters and most of all to the enviroment. Thank you for this incredible business!”
– Rajiv Shah, Inis Nua Theater Company

“Without The Resource Exchange, we could not have afforded this production!”
– Claire Bretschneider, Mainstage Center for the Arts

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