There are several opportunities to share your story!

There are many examples of innovative material re-use out there in the world, and we’re in the habit of featuring as much as we can.

1) The above earrings, repurposed from discarded bike parts by Jennifer Jeng and Whitney Greg, won second prize in Savannah’s Habitat for Humanity and Emergent Structures’ collaborative fundraising This Ain’t Junk competition. The first This Ain’t Junk fundraiser was such a success, we’re planning another one for 2016!

2) We regularly feature stories of adaptive re-use on our blog. If you’re interested in submitting anything, please send us not only photographs of the final artifact, but pictures of the previous use, and pictures of the fabrication process, if possible. Also, tell the story of the materials in creative fashion; are you familiar with the geographic and/or human history of your materials? If so, let us know!

Exclaim Your Reclaim

We developed our Reclaimed/Emergent Structure logo as a way to make the innovative re-use of reclaimed materials more visible in the public eye, more legitimate, and more coveted. Our initial post on the logo began with this:

“Ideas can either be validated or delegitimized in the court of public opinion by the ways in which they are presented. That sounds simple, perhaps even obvious, until you consider that the way in which something is presented can be very different than the function that that something performs within the culture. The prince can dress like a pauper, and the perception of his ‘value’ to society shifts instantly. Our prince (reclaimed materials) has been dressed in pauper’s clothing for too long.”


The Exclaim Your Reclaim initiative is at the heart of our entire endeavor, and it takes many forms. For instance, as we complete larger projects like the outdoor eating area and the Shuman garden, we leave a plaque that tells the story of the materials that were used for the project. But we also make plaques for projects that were created by other organizations or groups, like the Mother Matilda Beasley Dog Park pavilion or the Girls Scouts’ Athens pavilion.

And we also welcome an opportunity for you to tell YOUR stories of innovative reuse. We want the stories to textured, and evocative–to present a rich history of the life of the materials, or an interesting mix of locations that the materials have traveled from, or of the people who were responsible for, or intimately connected to, the materials. We also want the projects visualized in unique fashion—either by yourself, or if the project is compelling enough, by one of our graphic designers.

We also use the stamp to mark materials that have been reclaimed so that when people encounter the materials in their new life, they recognize that they’re living a longer life than they otherwise would have; that the materials are of a value that we often neglect to acknowledge; and that the materials are a part of our human history.

We welcome stories and projects from around the world, but we also hope to create a richly detailed map of Savannah through featuring these projects to illustrate the richness of being surrounded by such durable and beautiful objects. We’re a little behind in acknowledging all of the project that have qualified for our Exclaim Your Reclaim plaque. It’s an ongoing process, and each project that is recognized with a plaque will continue to be featured on our blog.

Some of our coverage of our Exclaim Your Reclaim campaign can be found here, here, here, and here.

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