Manmade Surplus Programs

Grab and Do’s at the Eco-Center

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Grab and Do’s is designed for Eco-Center visitors! Here we show several ways we can reuse manmade surplus and renewable resources to create useful items, gifts, works of art, and beautiful wrapping.  Thanks to our restaurant partners on Valencia and Mission Streets (such as Fritz) we are continually supplied with corks.  This exhibit is open during Eco-Center hours for drop-ins of all ages. 2013-Present

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Excess Access

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  Matter of Trust first created this FREE online database program, www.ExcessAccess.org, in 1998 and in 2014, we released a mobile friendly version for warehouse staff! It automatically matches business, nonprofit, and household item donations with the wish lists of  nearby recipients who can pick up or accept drop-offs. Now serving the USA, Canada and beyond. Daily, thousands of dollars worth of secondhand goods are finding homes, and thousands of pounds worth of useful materials are...

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Music Matters

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Combining music education, environmental awareness, and creativity, Music Matters gives students the tools and instruction to build their own playable instruments out of reuse materials. Since instruments can be very expensive and music classes have been victim to budget cuts, Music Matters is especially important and relevant to the Mission District. The program provides access to art simply by diverting and repurposing useful materials from the waste stream. It also teaches people that art...

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Experts Workbench

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Matter of Trust hosts charismatic vocational “stars” from many sectors to bring their daily work to our Experts Workbench to provide hands-on instruction and useful lessons.  This is part of our Eco-Industrial Revolution Campaign, and is a permanent, living exhibit at our eco-center in San Francisco. Our Experts Workbench has included: Furniture repair Making musical instruments out of recycled materials Piano tuning Reparing cell phones, tablets, and other electronics Knitting...

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