FIRST ANNUAL REUSE-THEMED CRAFT FAIR!
Craft Your Environment is Iowa City's first reuse-themed craft fair! Scheduled the Saturday before Earth Day, we're celebrating the work of artists and crafters who use recycled materials in their creations, thereby keeping valuable materials out of the landfill. It will also host free workshops, kids activities, prairie tours, and local food!
WHEN: April 19, 10am-5pm
WHERE: East Side Recycling Center, Iowa City
Water Bottle Hunt
Search the East Side Recycling Center for a free reusable water bottle!
Compete to see who can properly dispose of recyclables the fastest.
In this hands-on activity, make wood medallion necklaces while learning about resources that the environment provides.
Learn how all water is connected in this interactive workshop.
Sunflower Seed Planting
Plant sunflowers in hand-made newspaper pots!
Presented by Scott Keopke
Learn the basics and benefits of composting and how you can do it at home.
Bike Maintenance Workshop
Presented by Broken Spoke
Learn "on the road" bike repair and transportation tips.
Take a walk with a guide and learn about our native plantings, as well as other environmentally-friendly features at ESRC, like pervious paving and rain gardens!
Stop in to learn about the Iowa City recycling programs, ranging from curbside recycling, drop-off centers, apartment recycling efforts, appliance and electronic scrap recycling, hazardous waste, outreach activities and food scrap recovery efforts!
Food Scraps/Composting Education
Join us to learn about the City’s efforts to turn food scraps into compost for our community!
Seed Giveaway Station
Pick up free heirloom and organic seeds for your home garden, donated by Seed Savers Exchange. Or, if you've saved up seeds and want to give them away, this is the place to do it!
Leave old crafting materials that you don't need anymore and pick up items that someone else has left!
Stop by the City of Iowa City Recycling/ECO Iowa City booth to enter a drawing for useful household items that will help you be more environmentally friendly! Items provided by ECO Iowa City.
10:00-10:30 Water Bottle Hunt
10:30-11:30 Composting Workshop
11:30-12:00 Recycling Relay
12:00-1:00 Bike Repair and Transportation Workshop
1:00-1:30 Prairie Tour
1:30-2:00 Natural Resources Activity
2:00-2:30 Stormwater Workshop
2:30-3:00 Recycling Education
3:00-3:30 Prairie Tour
3:30-4:00 Food Scraps/Composting Education
4:00-4:30 Natural Resources Activity
ALL DAY Sunflower Seed Planting
ALL DAY Seed Giveaway Station
ALL DAY Craft Exchange
Egg Rolls by Hai Le
Artists & Crafters
Second Chance Design
Whispering Winds Home & Yard Art
One Woman Carnival
Mary Robertson & Judi Bartels
Goody Two Shoes
Doors to Decor
Unique Creations - Recycled Bottle Lanterns
I Am an Old Bag
The Shirt Off Your Back
Craft Your Environment is located at the East Side Recycling Center near Habitat ReStore and the Furniture Project (map).
Walk, bike or bus! People who arrive in a manner other than a vehicle will receive a small thank you gift while supplies last. Upon arrival, please see the City of Iowa City Recycling/ECO Iowa City booth for your gift!
Bus Routes. There are a few routes that come by the East Side Recycling Center. Click here for a map, or visit the transit division's website for more details. Fares are $1.00 for adults (18 and older), 75¢ for youth (K-12th grade), and free for children under five. The Saturday Family Fare is $1.00 per family (2 adults max).
Parking. Auxiliary parking will be available at our neighbor's parking lot, Systems Unlimited.
Recycling. Craft Your Environment is located at the East Side Recycling Center, so it's the perfect opportunity to dispose of your recycling properly.
Reusable Bags. If you plan on purchasing items at the craft fair, consider bringing your own bags to carry home your items. We should all get in the habit of doing this, no matter where we go!
Surplus Crafting Materials. Many of us have extra scraps of fabric and yarn that have been sitting in a box for years, never to be used again. At the Craft Exchange, folks are invited to leave whatever materials they no longer need or want and pick up other materials that were left by someone else.
Extra Seeds. Do you have more seeds than you can use in your garden? Bring them to the Seed Giveaway Station so that someone else can plant them!
Flat Tupperware Containers. We'll be planting sunflower seeds in newspaper pots, which can then be taken home to grow. If you want to take home a plant, it might be a good idea to put it into something sturdy for transporting it back home.
We would love some help!
There are lots of ways to volunteer at the craft fair. Here's a list of some areas that need help:
- Setting up tables and tents
- Directing people to different areas of the fair
- Supervising kids activities
• Scavenger Hunt
• Recycling Relays
• Sunflower Seed Planting
- Helping out with workshops as needed
- Handing out seeds at the Seed Giveaway Station
If any of this interests you, please be in touch! Contact Erica at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!