December 4, 2008

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S.C.R.A.P.

What would you do with 700lbs of colored Duct Tape? I will tell you what I did… I gave it away.

Duct Tape Wallet

A few weeks back, me little brother Tyler and me loaded up a rental truck with several hundred rolls (and several hundred pounds) of multi-colored Duct Tape and we drove down to a little hole in the wall spot in east Portland called S.C.R.A.P. to make a donation. We happily hand carted in, stacked up, and gave away all of our remaining Duct Tape to them. The lady in charge of receiving donations was so pleased and she had a smile brimming from ear to ear when she saw all the wide rolls and the various colors we offered. She told me they’re always looking for Duct Tape. She told me everyone loves it. She even pointed her finger out the front door window and directed my eyes to her bike seat that was crudely covered in sticky red duct tape. A thousand and one uses if you will… Bottom line, she loved the donation and that made Tyler and me even more excited about our gift. It was our pleasure and we both nearly teared up as we drove away. It was like leaving one of our kids in a basket on a doorstop, ringing the bell, poof, we’re gone…

You see, this is the same inventory of tape that we used to make our wallets with… but no more. We both paid our way through college folding this stuff by the hour. Thousands of hours. Years later, since graduating to a more refined and manufactured db clay product line, and since we invented and launched a kit that teaches kids how to make their own wallets, we no longer have/had a need for all of this tape. It was time to let it go. It was time for someone else to realize its potential. It was time for us to move on.

What is S.C.R.A.P. you ask?
“The School and Community Reuse Action Project–is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and our mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.”

Visit the S.C.R.A.P. website to learn more.

Hopefully the crew and kids at S.C.R.A.P. will have as much fun with this stuff as we did.

Duct Tape Wallet
This was a very gratifying tax right off too!

Garett Croft Stenson

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