Saturday, December 31, 2011

Trash2Art West, February 4 through March 31, 2012

Trash to Treasure and Broward County Libraries are teaming up to present Trash 2 Art West.  This will be a two month presentation of repurposed artwork at Broward County's West Regional Library.  The show will run February and March.

Here are the facts that you need to know:

Cost:  $5 for Trash to Treasure Members, $10 for nonmembers for up to three (3) pieces
Intake:Saturday,  February 4 10-2
Outake: Saturday, March 31 10-2
No Reception
No Sales
Information Card Permitted -Include Contact Information
This is a public library.  Broward County accepts limited liability with a $1,000 deductible.

If you are interested, fill out the application and send to us with payment to 1100 NW 53 Street, #1, 33309 or drop-off at the Center.  You can also pay at the intake but it is first come first serve.

Thanks to everyone at West Regional for making this happen.  At least one Broward County Department appreciates us.

Sniptease Sales to Benefit Trash to Treasure

Trash to Treasure super volunteer Melodie Blaize is donating 20% of sales to T2T for a limited time from her Sniptease business.

Sniptease's repurposed, super sexy tshirts are all one of a kind.

Guys, these shirts make a great Valentines gift for your sexy lady.  Ladies treat yourself and feel real sexy.

Do you have t shirt you want custom cut by Melodie?  She can do it. 

Head to Sniptease's Etsy site to make your purchase.  Also, like Sniptease's Facebook page where new items are first featured.

Check out the environmental impact  of a t shirt to learn the importance of repurposing.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Volunteers Needed for T2T Reorganization

It's time for a face lift at Trash to Treasure.  We need volunteers to make a better Center.  Here are the details:

We will be packing up sections, moving furniture around, painting walls and some furniture. If you have left over whitish paint. or bright colors,  in latex, any finish , it would be a welcome donation. We will be using some tools to cut wood shelves, install display fixtures , etc so if you are handy with that, you will be a great asset. Students wanting to early community service hours are welcome with adult supervison~ i need kids who can take direction and will stay focused, while they are having a good time.

Jan 6,7,8,
Jan 13. 14. 15
10 am until we drop each day.

Drinks and Pizza will be provided at lunch and water thru out the day.
Great music
Fabulous Commraderie
Good Karma

a refillable container for water
gloves if you have them
your favorite CD ( our old machine  only takes CD;s)
Your meds ( just kidding, unless you need them of course)

Email Casey Eckels for more information or to commit to a day or time.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Ornament Making, Saturday, December 10. 10-1

Our Little “Green” Elves are Busy Prepping
For our Most Jolly Workshop of the Year…

Holiday Ornament Making –
Turn “trash” into decorations you’ll “treasure” for a lifetime

Enjoy the Spirit of the Holiday Season

Sharing the Simple Pleasure of Creating with Joy

We’ll provide the materials, you provide the smiles!

Simple projects will be available to delight all ages using CDs, buttons, old ribbon, old holiday balls, beads, paper and more!

Share Memories and Mementos with Family & Friends

Friday, November 25, 2011

Resolution for Recycling

Senate Resolution 521 was passed recently in the US Senate. The following is a summary of the resoution sponsored by Sen. Carper of Delaware.
"Expresses support for: (1) improvement in the collection, processing, and consumption of recyclable material throughout the United States in order to create well-paying jobs, foster innovation and investment in recycling infrastructure, and stimulate the economy; (2) strengthening the U.S. manufacturing base in order to rebuild the domestic economy; (3) a competitive marketplace for recyclable materials; (4) the trade of recyclable commodities; (5) U.S. policies that promote recycling and recyclable materials, that promote using recyclable materials as feedstock to produce new basic materials and finished products, and that establish the equitable treatment of recycled materials; (6) research and development of new technologies to more efficiently and effectively recycle materials such as automobile shredder residue and cathode ray tubes and to remove materials that are impediments to recycling; (7) Design for Recycling to ensure that a good can be recycled safely and economically at the end of its useful life; and (8) the participation of U.S. households, businesses, and governmental entities in recycling programs. Recognizes that the U.S. scrap recycling industry is critical to the future of the United States."
Even though this passed by unanimous consent, there is still resistance to environmentally-friendly measures as unnecessary and costly to the economy. We need to continue expressing our concerns to our legislators. You can find the full text of the resolution at: .

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Waste Management and Publix team up to Compost in South Florida

Garbage titan Waste Management  (WM) is teaming up with grocery store titan Publix to compost Publix's waste at a facility in Okeechobee County next to Waste Management's humongous landfill.

Waste Management's critics who regulary state that WM is only interested in landfilling and burning waste must be stunned by the announcement.  After all, doesn't WM need to maximize it's other assets so that it can maintain stock price and insure large bonuses for executives?  Has the world been flipped on its head?

Not exactly.

Publix has been seeking a partner for composting of its waste for sometime.  They struck a deal with a Pompano Beach company in 2008.  It failed.  This was a huge threat to WM.  WM controls all privately owned disposal sites in Florida south of Saint Cloud.  Publix is South Florida's largest employer.  It's stores are everywhere.  Thus, diversion of this waste would have a significant impact on stock price and bonuses.

So, here comes the partnership.  What a great example Publix has set. This shows how purchasing decisions can change the world and how a corporation can make a difference in a community by demanding something better. As far as WM, there is never a wrong reason to do the right thing.

Good luck to Waste Management and Publix.  Here's the press release.

Learn more about home backyard composting here.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Rainbarrel Workshops Return to Trash to Treasure

Trash to Treasure is proud to announce the return of rainbarrel workshops.  Our rainbarrels are reclaimed juice concentrate barrels that have been outfitted to be collect and distribute the water from your roof.

Learn about stormwater and water conservation from community expert John Shave at the workshop.

See below for more information.  T2T members get a discount.  This is a great time to become a member.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Trash to Treasure Tshirt Now Available

Trash to Treasure is proud to present our line of repurposed, hand screened t shirts.  We took previously worn (though sometime not) shirts and our t shirt artist used silkscreens to produce one of a kind clothing.
Our shirts have slogans or identify web sites that promote reuse or climate change. redirects Trash to Treasure's web site. is the home of all things climate change. Show your support with your Trash to Treasure Recycling Crew shirt.

Shirts are $5 for T2T members and $10 for nonmembers.  They are available at Trash to Treasure and will soon be available on line.  Funds go to keeping our doors open.

T shirt artist at work
 Thanks to Noemi Klipfel, Melodie Blaize, Piero Rossini, Casey Eckels, and Mike Heimbach for their screening.

Do you have blank or mostly blank t shirt that you would like to donate?  Drop off at Trash to Treasure during our normal hours.

Time to Pull Out the Sweaters

Check out the fashions in Wyoming . . .
Excerpt from article in Sierra Club "The Green Life" newsletter
  • "Morlock made Sweater in 2010 after receiving a small stipend from a
    temporary public art call. Inspired by another craftsperson who'd built the art
    spot out of an old chairlift, Morlock began experimenting with discarded
    materials and soon found herself with colorful rolls of leftover mylar — the
    same stuff that makes Dorothy's shoes sparkle — from a Florida
    sequin-and-spangle factory that went out of business. A hundred painstaking
    hours later, there was Charlie Brown's sweater. And it was huge.The piece —
    which will be on display at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California, through February 2012 — is 13 feet high, 9 feet wide, and 7 feet deep. It's

Monday, November 7, 2011

Swap-O-Rama-Rama 3.0-Saturday November 12th 4-12 @ the Bubble

Dirty Peaches Clothing and Trash to Treasure are proud to present South Florida Swap-O-Rama-Rama 3.0 to be held at the Bubble 810 NE 4th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, Saturday November 12 4PM to Midnight.

Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores creative reuse through the recycling of used clothing.

The first Swap was held at Trash to Treasure.  Check out the video.

Here is a video from last year's event.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

CityLink Beerfest 2011 to Benefit Trash to Treasure

Once again this year, Trash to Treasure is teaming up with CityLink to put on South Florida's only Green Beerfest.

What makes it green.  Working with Trash to Treasure volunteers and the beer vendors we are able to recycle over 80% of the waste by weight.  We also capture the bottle caps and wine corks for our members.

Thanks to our friends over at Southern Waste Systems (SWS) for providing the recycling for the glass bottles, aluminum cans, and cardboard.

Once again this year, we will work with Edge Recycling to recycle the sample cups and ice bags.

Also, this year we will be featuring Lomeg the bottle cap artist.  Take a look at his work.

Join us December 2 at Huezinga Plaza for a great time.  Buy tickets here.

Can you find the Trash to Treasure Recycling Crew in this video?

Check out T2T's Mike Heimbach working hard during last year's Beerfest:

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Oceana Job Opportunity-Campaign Organizer

Campaign Organizer – Climate and Energy Campaign
Miami, Florida
Department: Policy

Join the only international nonprofit dedicated solely to protecting and restoring the
world’s oceans. Oceana’s campaigns are directed at achieving measurable policy
changes to prevent the irreversible collapse of ocean life. Results are achieved
through science, law, advocacy, organizing public support, and communications.

Position Description
Manages campaign in Miami to stop expanded offshore oil and gas drilling and to
promote action on climate change in local, national, and international forums. Builds
public engagement on offshore drilling and renewable energy. With direction from
Campaign Manager, works independently to execute a campaign plan and carries out
the tasks necessary to meet campaign objectives. Tracks timelines, and reports on
progress to Campaign Manager. Manages a varied and high volume workload and
requires initiative to work on own to meet deadlines and accomplish tasks. This
position will be temporary.

Principal duties and responsibilities include:

1. Build a broad, effective campaign including, but not limited to, grassroots
coalition building, earned and paid media acquisition, legislative advocacy, science,
public engagement, repeat volunteerism, and development of a self-sustaining and
continuing foundation of support.

2. Execute the campaign in conjunction with a team of professionals. This will
include working with other field staff, on-line activists, legislative and
communications professionals, vendors, consultants and others.

3. Regularly report on progress of the campaign, and lead the charge for
overcoming obstacles to ensure goals and objectives are met.

4. Perform additional duties as needed and/or assigned.


1. At least 2 years of campaign experience, with at least one in a management
position. This should include experience engaging volunteers and building a
foundation of support for a policy outcome.

2. Demonstrated success building, and cultivating new relationships in a way
that persuades individuals to support the organization’s agenda and generates
measurable results.

3. A proven track record in grassroots field organizing and public speaking.

4. Experience in coordinating media relations.

5. A track record of being detail oriented, with good organizational skills and

6. Demonstrated initiative to self-motivate, to work with diverse communities,
serve as a team leader, and achieve Oceana’s goals.

7. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and an ability to multi-task.

8. Computer literacy, particularly with Microsoft Office applications.

9. An ability to work well with others.

How to apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to with Campaign
Organizer – Climate and Energy Campaign in the subject line. Check out our website to learn more about who we are and what we do. EOE.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

“New Take on Textiles” Workshop Series: Plarn Saturday, November 19, 10-1, 1064 NW 53 Street, Fort Lauderdale



“New Take on Textiles” Workshop Series:
Crocheting with PLARN (yarn from plastic bags)
(bring G, H, I, J hooks if you have one)
Sat, Nov. 19, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Featuring: nanette saylor, and pilar battle
•    Ages 13 yrs and up
•    T2T members: $5 per wkshp, under 18 free
•    Others: $10 per wkshp, under 18 $3 ea
T2T Studio 1064~ 1064 NW 53rd Street, Fort Laud, 33309
(behind T2T Center)
RSVP please by Nov 16,2011 at: or 888.828.8242

Your support of these workshops tells us we are providing desirable experiences to our community. Commit to feeding your imagination and having some fun!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Trash to Treasure Expands Relationship with Better World Books

Better World Books collects and sells books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide. With more than 8 million new and used titles in stock, they are a self-sustaining, triple-bottom-line company that creates social, economic, and environmental value for all stakeholders.

Trash to Treasure takes in books.  If Better World is interested, we send the books to them for resale.  Better World pays Trash to Treasure a percentage when the books sell to help fund our operations.

Now, you can further help Trash to Treasure and literacy programs around the world by purchasing new and used books from Better World by clicking on the Better World banner on our web site.  T2T will receive a percentage on books sold through the link.

Take a look at what Better World Books is doing:


    * Raised over $10 million for Literacy including
           $5.5 million for over 80 literacy and education nonprofits
          $4.5 million for libraries nationwide
    * Contributed more than $2 million to college service clubs who have run book drives
    * Directly sent more than 5 million books to Books for Africa, the National Center for Family Literacy, and Feed the Children
    * Collected over 63 million books through active book drives at over 2,300 colleges and universities and collections from over 3,000 libraries


Better World never throws away a book. Any book that cannot find a proper home is recycled.  Better World has re-used or recycled over 70 million pounds of books - that's 57 million books!

Carbon Offsets

Every order has the option to be shipped carbon balanced for just a few cents extra.  So far, 23,000 tons of carbon offsets have been purchased.

Better World Books partners with 3Degrees, a leading green power and carbon balancing firm to secure verified carbon offsets and RECs from wind farms. Specifically they are using  carbon offsets to support the Tatanka Wind Farm, the largest renewable-energy project in North and South Dakota. This landmark wind farm will generate enough clean energy to power more than 60,000 homes!

So remember, head over to to get started.  Remember us this holiday season.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Vote for Broward College's TerraCycle Bin

Broward  College was recently selected as one of four finalists in a nationwide contest sponsored by TerraCycle. The contest challenged TerraCycle participants to design a TerraCycle waste collection station using discarded “upcycled” waste.  Broward College students came up with the idea of creating a bin out of VHS tapes.  BC's bin was selected as one of the 10 finalist.  

Now, the public will vote on a winner over the next couple weeks, ending October 27th.    Please vote so Broward College can be named the Grand Prize Winner. All proceeds will help benefit the Michelle Lawless Environmental Science Scholarship Fund.

As many of you already know, you can also drop off your TerraCycle items at Trash to Treasure.  Check out the latest list here.

Want to build with VCR tapes?  Trash to Treasure has plenty.  We got some samples in the warehouse.  Tapes and Liquid Nails is all you need.

Here are some pictures of the process.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Shotgun Wedding at Trash2Art 2011

Thanks to Shotgun Wedding for performing at our 2011 Trash2Art event.

In case you missed it, here's a couple of videos.

Art, the freedom of expression, and the right to association are basic rights guaranteed to us under the United States Constitution.  They are specifically addressed in the First Amendment of the Constitution and have been under attack by the government, employers, home owner associations, and corporations.  Fight for your rights!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Mandala Me, Mandala You Art Workshop, Saturday October 15 10:30-3:30, T2T's Studio 1064

mda008_0.bmpMandala Me, Mandala You
 Art Workshop
Instructor:  Lily Mazurek, M.A.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
10:30am - 3:30pm
Want a new perspective on your life?  Want to have a little fun at the same time?  Check out this colorful workshop! Mandalas are circular designs.  Their amazing power goes far beyond the idea of simple drawings.  They are used by cultures the world over because they transform and renew the body, mind, and spirit. 
Using a body-based technique, Ms. Mazurek will guide you through several processes including a PowerPoint, art exercises, meditation, and visualization leading up to the creation of your own Mandala.  Join us for a relaxing and fun time that is sure to provide insights too!  Reserve your seat and register now!  It’s also a great activity for couples to do together!  

article4.pngMedium: Colored pencil, crayon, paper.  No art experience is necessary to participate.  Art supplies are provided in class.  

Dates & Times:   Level I Workshop - Saturday – October 15, 2011, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bring a light snack and drink for your break time and a yoga mat or towel.
Fee Per Person, Per Workshop: 
Adults:  $69 + $8 art materials fee = $77   NOW $55 including materials & $2 PayPal fee
Seniors and Students:  $58 + $8 art materials fee = $66 NOW $55 incl. materials &
$2 PayPal fee 

Note:  Reserve your place online at or register & pay at: PayPal preferred.  Or please make out your check to: Lily Mazurek.  Call instructor for mailing address.  No refunds are given unless class is cancelled.  Payment is due IN ADVANCE upon registration.  

candices_mandala_a2.pngLocation:  Trash to Treasure Creative Reuse Center, 1064 NW 53rd St., Ft. Lauderdale 33309
Center phone #: 888-828-8242
Instructor Phone #:  954-610-2163
Instructor Email:
Sign up today and join us for an enjoyable workshop that is as full of fun and surprises as it is of Art and seeing the world with new eyes.  We look forward to meeting you very soon!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Dilbert September 10, 2011

We know many of you artist types don't get the work based comic Dilbert. But we thought you might enjoy this one.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Moving Beyond Fossil Fuels

Join the Green League of Broward in’s day of Global Action to promote Alternative Energy sources.

Saturday, September 24, 2011, from 3:00-7:00pm
1300 E. Las Olas Blvd, downtown Fort Lauderdale

One Solar Oven will be given away!

Event to be held RAIN OR SHINE! If rain, event will be moved down the street to First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, Tarpon Drive. Free Parking available at First Presbyterian lots on 15th Ave. The Green League of Broward is a network of environmental groups and concerned individuals.

For more information, contact

Monday, September 5, 2011

Trash2Art 2011 Zero Waste Event

Once again this year, the Trash2Art reception will be a Zero Waste event.  Thanks to our partners and thoughtful planning, the goal is to have an event in which none of its by-products are sent to a disposal site.

Our food and beverage sponsors, Le Bistro, Whole Foods-Fort Lauderdale and Emerald Isle Recycling will be providing items that require as little packaging as possible and are recyclable through our partners.

Choice Environmental will collect traditional recyclables such as wine bottles, paper, and cans.  Rehrig Pacific will be providing the collection carts.   Broward College's TerraCycle program will be recycling and upcycling plastic cups and other items that are included in their program.  Edge Recycling will assist with the recycling of the less traditional items such as plastic film, nontraditional plastics and styrofoam.  Trash to Treasure will provide composting of food waste and paper napkins through backyard composting.

At the event, our "trash talkers" will help guide visitors to the appropriate receptacles to dispose of items.

All cups, glasses, plates, and napkins used during the reception have been donated to Trash to Treasure.

Please join us on Thursday, September 15, 2011 from 6-8 PM at Art Serve in Fort Lauderdale.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Trash 2 Art Registration Begins -- Sign Up Here

Trash to Treasure Creativie Reuse Center PRESENTS:

Trash 2 ART 2011

An art exhibition celebrating the creativity of re-purposed materials

Call For Entries begins NOW...

Excitement is building for Fort Lauderdale's Trash to Treasure Creative Reuse Center annual exhibit and competition, aptly called "Trash 2 Art", hosted at ArtServe's JM Family Enterprise Gallery beginning September 10th.

To enter, participants must register, donate a modest entry fee of only $25 per person, for up to three entries each, and bring his/her piece to the gallery on Saturday, Sept.10th, between 10am - 2pm. Space is limited, so register early. And this year, thanks to a generous grant from an anonymous source, the first 20 children to register will be free of charge.

Theme: Trash-2-Art promotes the creative reuse of materials such as fabric, tile, Styrofoam, scrap plastic, and wire and other “scrap materials that are not generally targeted in mainstream recycling programs. These materials exemplify the potential of art of interest, education and beauty while teaching the community to rethink what we have in our own backyard. Honoring all resources and using our imagination is the goal.

These materials are available to Trash 2ART participants at Trash to Treasure, Broward County’s own non-profit creative reuse center, but participants may gather their own materials from any location.

Artwork must contain at least 75% of materials that are considered “residual”, “scrap” and typically are not recyclable in mainstream programs.( E.G, we discourage the use of aluminum cans and plastic bottles #1 or #2 for art projects as these are highly reclaimable with superior environmental benefit. Exceptions will be considered.)

Registration is available in 5 categories:

Student K -5
Student 6 - 8
Student 9 - 12
Adult - Amateur
Adult - Professional

To Reserve Your Spot please pay your $25 entry fee here:

Artists may submit up to 3 pieces totaling no more than approximately forty square feet.

Artwork to be hung must be prewired for hanging. No saw-toothed hangers will be accepted.

Trash to Treasure Creative Reuse Center will host an Opening Reception & Awards Presentation on Thursday, September 15, 2010, 6–8 pm at the JM Family Enterprises Gallery at ArtServe, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale. In addition to all exhibitors, friends and family, the public is welcome to come enjoy this evening of celebration sponsored by: Citrix, Emerald Isle Recycling, Choice Environmental, Whole Foods Market, Le Bistro, Rehrig Pacific Company and Edge Logistics.

Artwork will be judged on the most creative reuse of materials, as well as elegance, message, humor, and craftsmanship.

Cash prizes will be awarded:
$50 in each Student category
$100 Adult Amateur
$200 Adult Professional

Participants must deliver their entries to ArtServe on Sat. Sept. 10, 2011. To ensure your space, advance registration is available here, through the PayPal links provided on this page, or at the Center. The exhibition runs from Saturday, Sept 12 – Saturday, Oct 1, 2011, with the opening celebration scheduled for Thursday, September 15th from 6p - 8p.

To reserve your spot today, pay your $25 entry fee here:

Or mail a check to:
Trash to Treasure
1100 NW 53rd Street
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309

We now accept major credit cards at the center, too!

Sales: Artwork may be listed “for sale” during the show. Artists are responsible for providing us with the price for your piece. You may state “Not For Sale” if you do not wish to sell your art. All sales prices will include a 30% commission to Trash to Treasure. Pieces must remain on display for the entire length of the show. Trash to Treasure reserves the right to decline artwork for the show.


Intake date/location: Saturday, Sept 10, 2011: 10-2pm

ArtServe, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale,

Advanced and Sept 10 Intake registration ~ $25.00 entry fee.
Advanced Payment guarantees your spot. Space is Limited.

For more information/directions/hours, see
or call 888.828.8242

Can't wait to see you there!