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Our art keeps trash out of Hawaii's landfills!

We want your trash!

At Art Explorium we reuse “trash” items as much as possible. Making art from discarded items gives children the freedom to be creative while also showing them the importance of using our planet’s limited resources carefully. We collect these materials from friends, family and helpful local businesses like The Early School, Punahou School, It’s Mine Baby, and more.

Here are some examples of things we can reuse, but this is not a complete list. Feel free to use your imagination and bring in your own materials on your next visit! We will try our best to reuse them or find them a good home.

Here are some examples of things we can reuse:

  • small odds & ends like buttons, beads, feathers, keys, nuts & bolts
  • used ribbon
  • small gift boxes (from chocolates, department stores, jewelry, etc.)
  • other boxes (cereal, pasta, granola bar, etc.)
  • small tins (from breath mints, tea, etc.)
  • used cards (hotel card keys, empty gift cards, Fun Factory cards, etc.)
  • shells, shell lei, smooth beach glass
  • used yarn, string
  • soda can tabs, beer bottle caps
  • rubber bands, twisty-ties, etc.
  • used wires
  • corks

Here are a few examples of things we CANNOT accept or use:

  • dirty objects
  • large objects (furniture, electronic waste, large boxes, etc.)
  • objects that could be dangerous to children (such as glass or toxic materials)
  • food items

Check our calendar to make sure we are open when you stop by. Please do not drop off items outside our studio if we are closed. Questions? Contact us at info@artexplorium.org.

For more information on how to recycle and dispose of your trash materials, please visit the Honolulu City & County Department of Environmental Services.