Waste-free holiday: Join MECCA for Create Something Day – a free, creative alternative to Black Friday

Waste-free holiday: Join MECCA for Create Something Day – a free, creative alternative to Black Friday
Posted on 11/20/2017

During the holidays, more trash is created than at any other time of the year. In an effort to limit the sale and creation of new products, MECCA inspires families to come together and create gifts for friends and loved ones during the holiday season.


What:    Create Something Day at MECCA – a creative alternative to Black Friday

When:   12:00–4:00 p.m., Friday, November 24

Where:  MECCA (Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts), 449 Willamette Street, Eugene (next to the Amtrak station)

Who:     All community members are invited to attend this free, all-ages, family event.

Cost:      Free, donations welcome


This free, family-friendly event is a green, creative alternative to Black Friday, where attendees can make holiday gifts while sipping hot cider and tea. Projects include:

  • cardboard snowflake ornaments
  • decorated wooden cutouts
  • soft MECCA monsters


“MECCA is a fantastic resource for low-cost arts and craft supplies” said Lane County Master Recycler Program Coordinator Kelly Bell. “The annual Create Something Day event is a great place to start a new family tradition and make sweet memories while crafting gifts for loved ones.”


This event is part of the Waste Free Holidays campaign in partnership with the Lane County Master Recycler Program, BRING Recycling, NextStep Recycling and St. Vincent de Paul.

Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts (MECCA)

MECCA is a non-profit organization based in downtown Eugene, Oregon. Its mission is to divert reusable materials from the landfill and put those items back into the hands of people that can make use of them, from artists and teachers to youth and their parents. MECCA is dedicated to providing access to low-cost arts education and art experiences in an inclusive environment that reflects the personality of the community. To learn more, call 541-302-1810 or visit http://www.materials-exchange.org/.

Waste Free Holidays Campaign

Lane County Master Recyclers invite community members to celebrate the season of giving by reducing, reusing, and recycling waste that is typically generated at the holidays. The Waste Free Holidays Campaign highlights several fun, low-cost and simple waste prevention strategies families can use from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day – or any time of year! Visit www.lanecounty.org/wastefreeholidays to view tips and resources to help create a truly enjoyable season. New items are added throughout the season so check back periodically for inspiration.


Lane County Master Recycler Program

Master Recyclers bridge the gap between awareness and action by motivating people to reduce solid waste at home, work and play. Lane County Master Recycler volunteers provide more than 3,000 hours of waste prevention education to residents, businesses and events each year. Visit www.lanecounty.org/masterrecyclers to learn more.