Monday, November 30, 2009

Rainbarrel Workshops Continue





Come and build your rainbarrel with us! Feel free to paint and decorate it with us too! ...and of course you get to take your barrel home. Please note that our barrels are white(not blue like the photo).
There is space for 5 participants at each workshop. Please RSVP and send or bring in a check to secure your space.
Call or email us if you have any questions!

Thank you to Burners Without Borders for helping to make this happen!!



Sunday, November 29, 2009

Zen of Scrap-Now Open at Trash to Treasure

Zen of Scrap is now open at Trash to Treasure Creative Reuse Center.  Zen of Scrap was specifically developed to sell items that are hand made by local and international artisans who create wonderful and unique accessories with items that are thrown away everyday.

What becomes of all that VHS tape?  Check out the bag below.

Our mission is to advocate creativity through reusing and repurposing and to help others discover that there truly is treasure in our trash. Our society throws away valuable resources everyday and Zen of Scrap demonstrates the beauty that can be created with our "garbage".

Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, and then Recycle. Recycling is the last option....throwing away is not an option.

Your purchase helps the Center and the artist. Many of the designers work from home and create these items to pay for basic needs.  These accessories are a great way to show your concern for the environment and are great conversational pieces.

Our prices start as low as $10.

You can visit Zen of Scrap during Trash to Treasure's normal hours.  Friday 2-7 and Saturday 10-3.  Join us on our journey to a sustainable future!

Top Ten Reasons to Shop at Zen of Scrap!

10. You will be supporting a non-profit

9. You will be buying something unique(one-of-a-kind)

8. You will be buying local which means less greenhouse gas emissions from transport

7. You will be supporting a local artisan

6. You will be keeping stuff out of the landfill

5. Buying used helps protect the earth by eliminating the use of water, energy, and resources needed to produce new products

4. You will be celebrating creativity and imagination

3. Our unique recycled items are great conversation pieces

2. You will be taking a stand(showing leadership) for what you believe in. Vote with your dollar!

1. We are the REAL DEAL! We're not greenwashers!!

Are you interested in selling your 100% recycled creations at Zen of Scrap?? Contact us at or come by the center during normal business hours with some samples of your work!

Our boutique is located in the front room of our Trash to Treasure warehouse:
1100 NW 53 Street, #1
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Friday, November 27, 2009

GoodShop for T2T this Holiday Season

An easy way to help Trash to Treasure this holiday season is to shop on line through GoodShop. With each purchase you make, the online retailer will donate a portion of the sale to T2T through GoodShop.

All the major online retailers are there with the same great prices.  Plus, GoodShop provides coupon codes to save you money.

Thanks for your support.



Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Plastic Bags Here to Stay?

I blogged about the possibility of plastic bags being taxed to discourage their use. I surmised that the retail industry might not put up much of fight in that they make money selling reusable bags and lose money giving away plastic bags.  I was wrong as noted on

The retail industry had already pulled a trick that is becoming more common from industries.  Pass laws that prohibit cities or counties from passing laws on such issues.  The sign that your lobbyist is doing his or her job.

In the industries defense, changes are voluntarily being made either by offering discounts for using bags or charging for the one use.

Buy here is the best comment of all:

"It was a thorough, well-researched piece of work," Fred McCormack of the Florida Dry Cleaners Coalition said, paradoxically adding, "We absolutely don't agree with any of the recommendations."

The battle continues....

Audubon  gives 10 Good Reasons to Ban Bags.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

We Got the Dirt!

Thanks to Leserra's Nursery in Coconut Creek for providing us with planting soil for our community/demostration garden.

Are you interested in helping out in the garden?  Come any day we are open or contact Sarah Goff at or 888-T2T-8242

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Susyn Stecchi featured in New Times Post

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Trash to Treasure member Susyn Stecchi is featured here in post on an idea she had for the FEC bridge in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. 

Susan created our garden sign.  As you can see, she is very creative.

Great Stuff from Clad Tile and Stone

Thanks to Earl Rynerson over at  Clad Tile and Stone for some great donations.  Clad is one of the premier tile and stone shops in South Florida.