Our mission is to banish boredom and save the planet using creativity and play to inspire the reuse of materials. Over its 23 year history Orinoco has saved lorry loads of interesting resources from ending up in landfill.

Our Scrapstore in Headington sells scrap items for art, crafts, play and creative projects as well as new art materials, refurbished tools and DIY stuff. We’re open from 11am until 4pm on Sat, Tues and Thurs. [Map]

2017 Statistics

Though it’s hard to put a figure to the number of creative inspirations Orinoco has inspired we can keep track of the stuff we’ve saved from landfill and the volunteering opportunities we’ve created.

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You don’t have to be a member to shop with us, just come along to the store and join in. We are here for everyone: mums, dads, children, young people, teachers, childcare professionals, artists…

  • We collect suitable waste materials from businesses for potential reuse. If your company is paying good money to throw stuff away it’s worth calling us to see if we can help find a better use for your rubbish.
  • We accept usable garden and workshop tools.
  • We hold a monthly ‘Swap Shop’ on the second Saturday of every month. This is an opportunity to bring usable household items you no longer need and give them away. You can take things away too… All for free.

For more info call 01865 761113, email or check our Facebook page.

#theBIGmake – January Challenge

We love to celebrate the creativity of our community and so we invented #theBIGmake challenge!

In December we challenged you to make something inspiring from a simple cardboard spool. Here are our favorite three creations…

December’s #theBIGmake challenge was so successful we’re going to offer monthly challenges throughout 2017. Discover who won our December challenge and see details of #theBIGmake challenge for January HERE

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We have prizes from Summertown Cycles and Young Women’s Music Project up for grabs!