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April is Earth Month - All Over Town!

April is Earth Month and Chicago is celebrating all over town! Join CCRx at these Earth Month events for making activities, donation drives and to connect with lots of enthusiastic environmental organizations and climate crusaders!

On Sunday April 16, Gallagher Way is holding their Earth Week Kick Off and The Plant holds their semiannual ReusaPalooza! Our friends at Custom Ink are having a Green Out! Art Supply Donation Drive through May 31. You can Nurture Nature at your local Chicago Park on April 22 -- find a Chicago Park District clean-up event near you here. And on Earth Day, April 22, celebrate at the CCRx Warehouse with The Creativity Bus, Morning Yoga, Drumming, Making Activities, Book-Giveaway, Parking Lot Pick-up and more!

Learn more about these great events:


CCRx will have a Creative Reuse Maker Activity and collect your gently used Art Supplies.

There will be a Trashy Earth Market with Nowhere Collective, Paint Recycling with Earth Paint, and other creative reuse activities with Chicago Green Theater Alliance, Indigo + Violet Studio, Margaux Bijoux and Feltwerker. And Ice cream! Learn more here


This semiannual event provides opportunities to repair clothing and household items, safely dispose tricky-to-recycle items, and donate bicycles, gently used books, and more, all the while bringing attention to strategies to reduce waste and improve environmental conditions.

This amazing group of waste-reduction and repurposing enthusiasts focuses on approaches to purchasing and consumption that make good sense economically, environmentally, and socially. Let us assist you in your quest to …

….Repair your beloved but worn/broken household treasures at Community Glue’s repair clinic, or join in to Bliss Joy Bull’s mending meetup to learn some new hand-sewing tricks and DIY!

….Create something new out of “waste” with THUG Hippie and with Star Farms pickling demos

….Discuss and discover with the City of Chicago’s Dept. of Streets & Sanitation, and Cook County MEDS, and we’ll be providing strategies to reduce waste throughout!

Plus, Bubbly Dynamics will be showcasing our in-house practices to refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle materials here at The Plant and at Bubbly. We will be offering a tour of The Plant at 2pm sharp — advance tickets are strongly suggested and may be purchased here.

Items to be accepted for donation / repurposing / recycling (and where they’ll go): - Art, Craft, Office, School Supplies (clean, safe and working) Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange CCRx

- Alkaline batteries (Battery Solutions)* - Bicycles & bike parts (Working Bikes) - Books, gently used (Back of the Yards branch of the Chicago Public Library) - Cork used to seal wine bottles (used for crafting) - Computers and old technology, only as listed here (PCs for People) - Crayons, any brand/condition (SCARCE, Crayon Initiative) - Eyeglasses, usable; no sunglasses or cases (Lions Club, OneSight) - Face masks, disposable, surgical (TerraCycle) - Gym shoes past their useful life (GotSneakers) - Jars, wide-mouth Ball or Kerr jars & lids (Tinyshop) - Keys, metal only; no key chains (sold as scrap) - Mailers, bubble or poly mailers (EcoShip) - Office/school supplies, USED such as empty pens, mechanical pencils, markers, gluesticks, watercolor paint dispensers (TerraCycle) - Paint, latex or oil-based/stains (EarthPaint; please see their fee schedule here) * - Plastic cards - those annoying fake credit cards that come in the mail, old credit cards (cut-up!), gift cards (TerraCycle, or refuse those annoying plastic Comcast mailers by returning to sender; we’ll show you how) - Plastic pots from Lush Cosmetics, black only (Tinyshop) - School and office supplies , new or gently used (The Re-Write It Project, SCARCE) - Towels and sheets, to keep the sweet canines and felines cozy while they await their forever homes; pet supplies and food as listed on this wish list are also greatly appreciated (PAWS Chicago) - Yarn, fabric scraps or rags, and clothing beyond repair to be used for crafting (Envision Unlimited)

*Small fees are requested or required to cover costs of recycling these items.

We also appreciate donations of the following new, in-package items to share with our neighbors:

- Food, fresh, unexpired food for humans and pets! (Love Fridge; see donation guidelines here) - Personal care and household products, such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. (Back of the Yards branch of the Chicago Public Library, which houses a cart for folks to take what they need)

Plus, Tricky-to-recycle items being collected by the rockstars at Reduce Waste Chicago is here

And since you’ve read this far, you’re clearly a waste-reduction enthusiast! Would you consider volunteering for the event to help everything get sorted properly? Please contact us!


Custom Ink Lincoln Park, 175 N. Sangamon.


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