Friday, December 21, 2012

Sculpture constructed from recycled plastic bottles

If you're near the beach in Fort Lauderdale, check this out.

Through Feb 2013: Light Up the Beach: Fort Lauderdale beach gets decked out for the holidays with thousands of holiday lights illuminated along the beachfront, November 21, 2012. The picturesque corner of A1A and Las Olas Boulevard will feature a larger-than-life sculpture of fish constructed from recycled plastic bottles and illuminated from the inside creating a spectacular light show. The 35 feet by 15 feet high display will remain on Fort Lauderdale beach through February 2013. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Household Hazardous Collection Events

Opportunities abound to help the environment. An easy one is to participate in one of the 2012—2013 HHW and Electronics Recycling Collection Events which are conducted all over Broward County.

Sunday morning, I went to the event at No. Lauderdale with light bulbs and paints. All events are Sundays, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.  (Proof of Broward County Residency Required)

For more information, call 954-765-4999 or see .

Bring TerraCycle to Trash to Treasure and Get an Old Navy $10 Coupon

Please help Broward College collect TerraCycle items (attached).  Broward College funds an Environmental Science Scholarship with the proceeds.

 While supplies last, anyone submitting TerraCycle can leave their name @ T2T for Jarrod and earn a $10 coupon to Old Navy.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Volunteer to Earn a Trash to Treasure Membership

Trash to Treasure is proud to announce a new benefit for volunteering with us at the Center.

You can now earn a membership to Trash to Treasure.  Use the membership for yourself or give it to someone else.

Here are the details:

6 shifts = ONE FULL MEMBERSHIP valued at $60

1 full SHIFT =     Fridays 2-7
1/2 SHIFT=          Saturday 10-2 or 2-5:30
1 full SHIFT+    Saturday 10- 5:30

We made our decisions on the shifts based on Fridays being a little quieter. Because Saturday is a 7.5 hour day, we have provided the opportunity for split schedule to do only 1/2 the day. If someone wants to commit to the entire day, we give them an extra .5 for the extra time.

Shifts can be scheduled as frequently as desired, and membership is awarded at the completion of six shifts.  Current members are encouraged to start now to earn membership credits that can earn a membership by renewal time.

We are starting to fill the calendar for January and February.    Email to select your dates.
To learn more about our membership needs, follow this link.

Friday, November 30, 2012

CityLink Beerfest 2012 to Benefit Trash to Treasure

It's that time again beer fans. City Link Beer Fest and Trash to Treasure team up to raise revenue for T2T and recycle 90% of the event's waste. This is south Florida's only GREEN Beer Fest.  The event is Friday, December 07, 2012 at Huizenga Plaza in Fort Lauderdale.

T2T volunteers coordinate the recycling of bottles, cans, cardboard, ice bag film, bottle caps, and corks.
Brian Rosen helps collect Beer Bottles

Thanks to our recycling partners:
Southern Waste Systems-Glass and Cardboard Recycling

All Service Refuse/Republic-Recycling Bins at Beer Booths

Edge Recycling-Plastic film recycling

Artist come by the Center to check out the unusual bottle caps we collect.

Get your tickets here

Food Trucks Will Be There Too

Drunk Santa and his Helpers will be noting if you are naughty or nice

See you there!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Simple No Cost Ways to Help Raise Money for Trash to Treasure

 GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!

Here's an easy way to raise money for Trash to Treasure. Just start using Yahoo! powered GoodSearch as your search engine and they'll donate about a penny to Trash to Treasure every time you do a search!

Start now with the badge to the right.

Register your credit cards at GoodDining with Trash to Treasure as the beneficiary and every time you eat at a participating restuarant Trash to Treasure receives a portion of the check.  They also have gift cards for your holiday giving.

Use the badge to the right and then click on gooddining.

Use GoodShop as your gateway to online shopping and Trash to Treasure gets a percentage of the sale.  The prices are the same and GoodShop has leading online stores such as Amazon, ebay, Expedia, Overstock and North Face.  Plus, great little known but great sites like ReStock It, and Carousel Checks.

BetterWorld Books is a triple bottom line corporation dedicated to helping eliminate illiteracy around the world.   Trash to Treasure works with BetterWorld in two ways.  

Books donated to the Center are scanned to check if BetterWorld is interested in selling them.  When BetterWorld sells them online, we get a commission.

You can also buy used books and textbooks from BetterWorld.  Click the the link on our home page before you go to BetterWorld and we get a commission.

Wire Recycling

Wire Recycling

Clear out all those wires from computers, phones, and electronic devices that have been lingering in your home.  Trash to Treasure will recycling them.  Copper is infinitely recyclable and is one of the most valuable commodities.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Repurposed Items for Sale at Craft/Outreach Fair in LBTS

A sample of repurposed items that will be for sale at the Community Church's Craft & Outreach Fair (LBTS - near Commercial & A1A) on Dec. 8th. 

The yarn to make these reusable gift bags and wine bottle covers was donated to T2T.

Wine bottle covers

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Can You Green Your Halloween?

Have you ever heard of Green Halloween?

Green Halloween is a non-profit, grassroots community initiative to create healthier and more Earth-friendly holidays, starting with Halloween. It began in the Seattle area in 2007 with backers such as Whole Foods Market and was such a huge success that in 2008, the initiative expanded nation-wide. In cities across the country, volunteer coordinators are turning their city’s Halloween holiday healthy and eco-friendly, but many are also raising money for their own, local nonprofit beneficiaries via the initiative.

What's their core philosophy of “green”?

"Green = the 3 G’s
  1. Good for People – Including the people who make, grow or sell the products we consume or use. Also good for us and our families. Healthy treats and treasures fall under this category.
  2. Good for Planet – Includes making choices that have the least impact on the Earth during the lifespan (beginning to end) of that choice or product.
  3. Good for the Community – Including making choices and supporting businesses whose business practices and products support the well being of communities such as via monetary contributions to worthy causes."
For more information about the easy steps you can take to green your Halloween (like organizing a costume swap), see

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Youth Environmental Alliance Whole Foods Coral Springs Donate a Dime Through 2012

T2T member Youth Environmental Alliance is the designated nonprofit for its donate a dime program at the Coral Springs Whole Foods.  You can donate your $.10 bring own bag rebate to YEA through the end of the year.

Whole Foods is a great supporter of nonprofits like YEA and T2T.  Their support is appreciated.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Volunteer with Trash to Treasure

Trash to Treasure is an all-volunteer organization. We  are always in need of volunteers to help run our organization

Besides the satisfaction of helping a grass roots organization, volunteering can build resumes, create connections, and inspire creativity.

Daily Operations

Our primary need is for people to run our daily operations on Fridays and Saturdays.  You will be responsible for greeting members, explaining how the center works, signing up new members, taking in donations, and placing materials on the shelves.

There is a great satisfaction in interacting with people who desperately need our materials.

Here are examples of comments from one our volunteers:
 It was great to talk to so many people that came in.  Great projects are being done from all that they get at T2T - networking happened big time! 

One of the benefits of volunteering is the opportunity the get first crack at our best donations that we receive when we are open.

This is also a great opportunity for those needing volunteer hours.

Contact us if interested.

 Other Activities

We also need help from talented people who skills in activities like:

Fund Raising
Email, Social Networking
Organizing Volunteers
Web site development
Event Planning and Organizing

Or you can tell us what you are good at and how it can help our organization.  We look forward to hearing from you.  Call 888-828-8242 or email us. 

Our success depends on people like you.


You can now earn a membership to Trash to Treasure.  Use the membership for yourself or give it to someone else.

Here are the details:

6 shifts = ONE FULL MEMBERSHIP valued at $60

1 full SHIFT =     Fridays 2-7
1/2 SHIFT=          Saturday 10-2 or 2-5:30
1 full SHIFT+    Saturday 10- 5:30

We made our decisions on the shifts based on Fridays being a little quieter. Because Saturday is a 7.5 hour day, we have provided the opportunity for split schedule to do only 1/2 the day. If someone wants to commit to the entire day, we give them an extra .5 for the extra time.

Shifts can be scheduled as frequently as desired, and membership is awarded at the completion of six shifts.  Current members are encouraged to start now to earn membership credits that can earn a membership by renewal time.

Friday, September 21, 2012

BetterWorld Books Metrics

Check out our metrics from Better World Books in the past year.  Through our partnership we were able to reuse or recycle 294 books saving 4 trees, 3,257 gallons of water, and 631 pounds of greenhouse gases.

How can you help?  Bring us your books you no longer want.  We'll see if Better World is interested.  Buying books?  Go to the link on our home page to go to Better World and we will get a commission.

Environmental Metrics

End Destination of Book
Total Books ReUsed or Recycled
Books (lbs)
Water (g)
Green-house Gases (lbs)
Landfill Space (cu yd)
Electricity (kwh)
Trash to Treasure Creative Reuse Center


REUSED BOOKS – This category is made up of the sum of books sold and donated. The reuse of these books is considered waste prevention. Reducing the volume of waste we create results in limiting the environmental impact of disposal or recycling¹.

RECYCLED BOOKS – Books we deem unsalable and not appropriate for donation to our participating literacy partners. Recycling books is termed waste reduction¹. Our recyclers report that the efficiency of recycling a book yields 97% of that book as usable fiber.

POUNDS OF BOOKS – The average weight of the outbound books that Better World Books has processed is 1.37 pounds. This average weight is multiplied by the number of books categorized as ReUsed. Recycled books are multiplied by the efficiency rating of generating recycled fiber (see Usable Fiber below).

TREES – The number of typical trees assumes a mix of hardwoods and softwoods 6-8inches in diameter and 40feet tall. The number of trees saved per ton of 100% recycled fiber produced is twenty four².

WATER (g) - There are 8,750 gallons of water saved per ton of paper produced when comparing 100% forest fiber sources to 100% postconsumer fiber².

METHANE & GREENHOUSE GASES (lbs) – Landfilling produces .725 pounds of methane per book³. One way of measuring the impact of greenhouse gases is by assigning them a Global Warming Potential (GWP). The concept of a global warming potential (GWP) was developed to compare the ability of each greenhouse gas to trap heat in the atmosphere relative to another gas. The definition of a GWP for a particular greenhouse gas is the ratio of heat trapped by one unit mass of the greenhouse gas to that of one unit mass of CO2 over a specified time period*. Methane has a GWP of 25 which makes this particular emission a greater cause for concern than CO2. The total greenhouses gases, including Methane saved in production of one ton of paper from 100% postconsumer fiber versus 100% forest fiber sources is 2108 pounds²

LANDFILL SPACE (cu yd) – 1 ton of books takes up 3.3 cubic yards of space in a landfill². The total pounds divided by 2000 equals total tons. Tonnage multiplied by 3.3 cubic yards and multiplied again by the 97% efficiency rating of postconsumer content paper yields the total cubic yards of space conserved.

Kwhs – There are 4893 Kilowatt Hours of electricity saved per ton of paper produced when comparing 100% forest fiber sources to 100% postconsumer fiber². The conversion factor utilized was 1 Btu = 0.00029307108333 kilowatt hour.

Tons of Usable Fiber – Our recyclers report that 97% of the books that we send are turned into usable fiber. This 3% of refuse is used in calculation of any pertinent metrics. The total pounds of Recycled books divided by 2000 yield the total tonnage of usable fiber.


1. Environmental Protection Agency. Pollution Prevention Act of 1990. Retrieved October 27, 2008 from

2. Environmental impact estimates were made using the Environmental Defense Fund Paper Calculator. For more information visit

3. Borealis Centre for Trade Environment and Trade Research. Findings from the U.S. Book Industry: Environmental Trends and Climate Impacts. Retrieved July 10, 2008, from

*Environmental Protection Agency. High Global Warming Potential (GWP) Gases. [Online] Retrieved October 28, 2007 from"

Saturday, September 8, 2012

T2T to Participate in 5th Annual Craft & Outreach Fair 12/8/12

5th Annual Craft & Outreach Fair 12/8/12

Lauderdale By The Sea - - - - The Community Church of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea at 4433 Bougainvillea Drive would like the invite the public to their 5th Annual Craft & Outreach Fair.

The event will be held on Saturday, December 8th, 2012 – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Booths
will feature handmade items, including: knitted items, quilts, wood crafts, flower arrangements, holiday crafts, candles, photography, art, children's crafts, ceramics, etc. and there will be a bake sale in support of the church’s food pantry benefiting the homeless and underprivileged.

I have hosted T2T's booth for several years to display recycled and repurposed items. Projects this year will include repurposed light bulbs and greeting cards. Currently, I am looking for cardstock to use in recycling the fronts of old cards. I could also use greeting card-sized envelopes.  Shown below, reusable gift bags handmade with yarn donated to T2T.

Please save the date, 12/8, and help contribute to our presentation. Thanks,
Leona McAndrews

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Saved by Love Creations

Just found this great website, - Some amazing ideas to try.

50+ Toilet Paper Tube Projects to Make

50+ Things to Make from Toilet Paper rolls at #crafts #DIY #papercraftsThis is another one of those “You seriously made that from empty toilet paper rolls?” kind of round-ups. All of the metal filigree projects blow my mind. You will also find plenty of holiday decor ideas, from bats and mummies to Christmas tree stars. There is even jewelry. If you are anything like me, you
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Trash2Art 2012 Reception is a Zero Waste event.

Thanks to our partners for helping make the Trash2Art 2012 reception a zero waste event for the second year in a row.

By employing different tactics, we are able to eliminate any discards from entering the waste stream.

Our food sponsor Whole Foods, Fort Lauderdale is providing finger foods to reduce the need for dishes and flatware.  The dishes that we do have are reusable.

Choice, Broward County's facilities recycler, will recycle the traditional single-stream materials like wine bottles and carboard boxes.

Florida Atlantic University's Mission Green volunteers will be on hand to direct visitors what to do with their trash. At the end of the evening, they will take the compostable waste to their FAU compost facility to be used in their urban gardens.

Our plastic cups, left overs from the CityLink Beerfest,  will be upcycled by TerraCycle through our partnership with Broward College.  Revenue for the cups from TerraCycle funds an Environmental Science Schloarship.

Thanks to Rehrig-Pacific for providing carts for the event.

We'll see you at the reception, Thursday, August 16 at ArtServe 1350 East Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 6-8PM

Monday, August 13, 2012

Help "4 Children's S.A.K.E."

A local nonprofit organization is gathering school supplies for children in need, particularly children in foster care.  They would like to include 1" binders in their supplies.  Do you have any that you aren't using?  Please consider donating them to 4 Children’s S.A.K.E.

Background Information:
4 Children’s S.A.K.E., Inc. is committed to providing services, programs and activities for underprivileged, at-risk, medically needy, handicapped and/or special needs children/teenagers housed in foster care homes, shelters, medical facilities, therapeutic facilities and/or other such care centers in Broward County, Florida, as well as helping their caregivers, foster parents, birth families and ...
guardians with the many needs of the children/teenagers. We are dedicated to reducing the numerous impacts that poverty, violence, malnutrition, health risks and/or academic limitations have on the children/teenagers, as well as battling the effects of abuse, abandonment and/or neglect that are too often experienced.
****You can also find them on FaceBook.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Hands On As We Grow - A Treasure Trove of Ideas

Sometimes you find great ideas in unexpected places.  The following link showed up in my FaceBook news feed.  The site "" has fabulous ideas that are both good for children and for the environment.

"You’ll find crafts, art projects, energetic activities, and fine motor activities regularly on the blog. And a couple times each month I do a collection of play activities on a theme, such as what to do with all your crayons!"

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Blogging-Don't Quit Your Day Job

Ever wonder how much you can make blogging? Not much. Sure, who doesn't want to sit home in their under wear all day spouting off about their favorite topics and get paid for it?

After three and a half years of blogging, we received just over the minimum payment of $100 from the Google AdSense program. You know, those ads to the right that we probably aren't allowed to mention. Trash to Treasure generates revenue when someone clicks on them. The ads are generated based on the content of our blog and your web searches.

We don't generally break news or post controversial ideas here. Our biggest use is to link from our Facebook page so that we can provide more information than FB has room for. We also put links in our emails to different topics. Blogger is a great companion to our web site.

Our highest revenue post was the 2012 Boca Beerfest. We posted a picture of a sexy girl and linked to a wide variety of disparate FB friends. It worked.

So, don't quit your day job or even your night job but keep blogging.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Have You Stretched a Dollar Lately?

"The Dollar Stretcher" is a free weekly newsletter that offers tips on everything under the sun from simplicity, time management, being frugal, recycling, and, of course, saving money.  The following tip caught my eye because of the use of aluminum cans.

Big Outdoor Pots
When planting in pots for your deck or patio, use less soil by putting aluminum cans in the bottom of the pot or container. 

Then add your soil. This is good for drainage, you use less soil, and the container is lighter to move around.
More recycling/repurposing tips can be found at:

Richard Brookens Trash2Art 2012 Music Artist

Trash to Treasure is proud to announce that Richard Brookens of Yellow Bell Music will be our musical guest at the Trash2Art reception August 16, from 6-8 PM at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale.

Richard Brookens Bio

Richard is an arranger/composer and multi-instrumentalist performing on saxophones (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Baritone), flutes (C and Alto), and clarinets (Bb and Bass), Tabla drums (from India), Udu (Clay Pots), Native American Indian Flutes, and bamboo flutes from India (Bansuri) and China (Dizi).

During his musical career Richard has enjoyed studying and working in many different musical styles and settings: Jazz, Rock, Classical, Musical Theater, Flamenco, Indian, Japanese, and World Fusion. All of these have influenced his approach to composition and improvisation in his recordings and live performances with his World Fusion group Yellow Bell.

While in South Florida he has worked with Bailles Ferrer, a South Florida based Flamenco dance company, guitarist Randy Bernsen, (Jazz Fusion), and Duo DADA, an improvisatory dance/music performance art group. He has also been principal Saxophonist with the Palm Beach Pops. In addition to these groups Richard freelances with many other performing groups, including orchestras at Actor's Playhouse, New Vista Theater, Florida Atlantic University, The Broward Performing Arts Center, and The Kravis Performing Arts Center.

He has also performed Kirtans (devotional call and response gatherings), and Yoga workshops on Tablas, Clay Pot, Soprano Saxophone, and Bansuri (Indian bamboo flute) with Bhagavan Das and David Newman (most recently at Karmapalooza 2005), or Russill Paul, Wynne Paris, Jorge Alfano, Guru Das Singh, Guru Das Khalsa, Milk Baba, Sri VasuDeva, Krishna Devi, Ma Bha, Swami Srinivasananda, and local Kirtan artists like Laura DiBello, Mohini, Serpentine, Prem Shakti, and Jennifer Vasilakos. He has played with these artists at Satsangs or Kirtans held at South Florida Yoga studios like Yoga Warehouse, Something Yoga, Prem Yoga, Prana Yoga, Synergy Yoga, and Yoga Connection.

Richard has allowed music from his CDs to be used in a documentary film about the spiritual aspects of Judo, Karate, Tai-Kwan-Do, and Tai-Chi, titled 'The Empty Mind' produced by Jon Braely of Thin Media, Inc. in Miami Beach, FL. This film has footage and interviews never seen until now from the Shao-lin and Wu-Dang Temples in China in addition to the other major schools of martial arts in China and Japan. The Empty Mind won "Best Florida Film" in the 2004 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Music from his CDs has also been used in a production of Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot' by Robert Hooker at Sol Theatre in Ft Lauderdale.
Richard has also composed music for a short film about the homeless called "The Park", and been the musical supervisor for another short film titled 'The Last Minute' both produced by Gilda Pianelli and Chasta Natour of Rev Films. His is the musical director and composer for the 2007 film "She", produced by Gilda Pianelli for Ambassodor Films. He also helped to re-orchestrate and rearrange music for a show about Nefertiti by Rick Gore, Christopher Gore, and David Spangler. In July of 2001 music from his CDs was featured in a play about refugee women from around the world called "Displaced" at Altered Stages, 212 W 29th St., NY, NY.

After graduating from Berklee College of Music where he majored in composition and studied with Joe Viola, Richard studied briefly with Joe Allard and received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to study Jazz Improvisation with Charles Banacos. He later began his studies on Bansuri and Tabla at the Ali Akbar College of Indian Music in San Rafael, California.

In addition to the fine musicians above and on the Yellow Bell CDs, he has performed with: The Artie Shaw Orchestra, Cab Calloway, trumpeter Nat Adderly, pianist James Williams, Buddy Greco, Roy Clark, Boots Randolph, Tiny Tim, Clark Terry, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Hal Linden, Mary Street Dance Co., Lucie Arnaz, Jimmie Rosselli, Shirley Jones, Tony Orlando, and has worked in many recording studios as a player and arranger on records and commercials.

Born in Wichita, Kansas and growing up in upstate New York and the Washington, DC area, Richard now lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

He is also certified in Sivananda and Kundalini Yoga and teaches Yoga in the South Florida area at Barry University in Miami Shores, Yoga Connection in Plantation, The Hillsboro Club in Deerfield Beach, community centers in Pompano Beach, and Golds Gyms in Pompano Beach and Ft Lauderdale.

Listen to samples of Richard's work here.

Thanks to Richard for performing.  See you at the reception.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Trash2 Art 2012 August 13-September 7, ArtServe Fort Lauderdale


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It's time for our annual art event.  What started out as an idea to raise money and awareness for our organization has become the premier repurposed art show in South Florida if not the nation.

We return to ArtServe again. For the second year, this will be a juried exhibition with  cash prizes to the winners which includes professional, amateur, and student categories.

Intake is Saturday, August 11, 10-2.  Commit early by paying on-line and save $5 on the entrance fee.  Adults commit to a Trash to Treasure membership and your entry is half price.


The reception is August 16, 6-8.  Our reception fills the ArtServe parking lot.  Please consider carpooling and mass transit.

This year we are excited to have Richard Brookens & Yellow Bell Music performing at the event.  This World Fusion group has been performing concerts in the South Florida area since 1998.


No event like this is possible with out sponsors.  This year's sponsors list is particularly rewarding to us at Trash to Treasure.

This year artist who have exhibited in the show and  T2T members are providing support:
 Music Art Love
Advanced Productions
 Dettman Apartments
Edge Recycling 

We are also grateful for on-going support from:
 Choice Environmental
Whole Foods Fort Lauderdale
Emerald Isle Recycling
Edge Recycling 
Rehrig Pacific

Additionally, this year past and present Directors of the organization have stepped up to the plate:
 Cheryl Miller
Nanette Saylor's Wise Well Woman
Chris Martin's Emerald Isle Recycling

Welcome to our new sponsors:
 Green Scene Consulting

Interested in joining our growing group of sponsors or want more information about the show?  Click here to send an email.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Miramar opens eco-friendly Vizcaya Park

After several years of delays, Miramar's Vizcaya Park is finally open. [ . . . ] One of the city's selling points for the park is its environmentally friendly construction that follows the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards. Signs throughout the park and inside the community center tout the energy savings that come from using the LEED standards, including a 50 percent reduction in potable water use and a 40 percent reduction in annual energy use. About 20 percent of the building is constructed with recycled materials. The introduction of environmentally sustainable construction excites City Commissioner Wayne Messam, a LEED-certified contractor. "We need to build facilities that cost less to construct and maintain," Messam said. The park is at 14200 SW 55th St. For more information, call 954-602-3167. Source: Chris Guanche, Forum Publishing Group, who can be reached at

Sunday, June 10, 2012

US Postal Service

Did you know that the Postal Service is working on Sustainability and has eco-friendly stamp designs?  See for more information.

These Go Green (Forever®) stamps illustrate simple things we each can do every day to save the environment. Go Green, a sheet of 16 stamps, is the Postal Service's social awareness issue for 2011. Award-winning animator, filmmaker, and illustrator Eli Noyes worked with Art Director Derry Noyes on his first stamp project, using a colorful, playful style to convey the message that every American can take simple actions to conserve energy and improve the environment. These Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate. >

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Did You Know the NBA is Going Green?

According to the National Basketball League website (, the League is working in cooperation with the the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The NRDC is also working with other major sports to help their carbon footprints and sustainability. (The following are excerpts of material from the Overview.)

NBA GREEN INITIATIVE Overview: The NBA is taking steps to become a more environmentally responsible organization and will continue to explore ways of improving in this area. “The NBA’s commitment to reduce its ecological impact and to help educate basketball fans worldwide about the importance of environmental protection confirms why this league is regarded as one of the world’s most responsible sports organizations,” said NRDC Senior Scientist Allen Hershkowitz, who coordinated the organization’s development of this work. “Besides the tangible public health benefits that this initiative will advance, having the NBA embrace ecological criteria in its operations represents a watershed in our nation’s movement toward environmental progress.” . . .

About the Natural Resources Defense Council The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists. Since 2004, NRDC has been the world’s leader in professional and collegiate sports greening. As a result of NRDC’s work and EPA award-winning Greening Advisor, more than 100 professional teams have adopted environmental initiatives at their stadiums or arenas, and countless league “Jewel Events” have benefited from NRDC’s guidance. NRDC uses scientific expertise to help improve the efficiency of sports operations to reduce waste, improve environmental performance, benefit public health and uncover cost savings. Visit us at

Monday, May 14, 2012

Crossroads Meetings a Sucssess

Thanks to you that came to our Crossroads meetings.  So many of you have expressed an interest in assisting in the  continuing the success of our great organization.

Here is what you can look for in the near future:

  • New faces at the Center (bring those cards)
  • An improved Zen of Scrap area
  • More Members
Here is what we still need from you:
  • Encourage others to become members
  • Volunteer to work at the Center
  • Tell us what skill you have that can make T2T a better place
For more information or to volunteer, email Casey or call her 888-828-8242 x 701

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Volunteers Invited to Paint Drums at Port Everglades, May 19

The 3rd Annual Keep Port Everglades Shipshape is an opportunity for volunteers of all ages and talents to test their creativity and painting skills in a community service project to transform recycled petroleum drums into decorative trash and recycling bins that will be used throughout Broward County’s Port Everglades. Awards will be given for the most creative drums. WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 2012 SCHEDULE: Painting from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. with judging from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Port Everglades in Parking Lot #19 inside the Port SIGN UP: Register with HandsOn Broward at or contact Port Everglades at 954-468-3509 or .

Friday, April 13, 2012

Earth Month 2012

April is Earth Month!  Here is a guide to the best events going on around town:

Broward College South Sustainability Week (4/16-19)

Trash to Treasure and Broward College South are teaming up to put on a full week of activities. The week will feature speakers including Broward County Vice Mayor Kristin Jacobs, an environmental fair, and movies such as Garbage Dreams.  The public is welcome to attend.

Earth Day, Every Day 4/21 Birch State Park

We are teaming with the Girl Scouts to provide Kid's Crafts at this event.

All About Recycling and Trash2Art West 4/21 Broward County West Regional Library

Check out the information booth and activities from Broward County Solid Waste and Recycling Services. West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Bvd., Plantation then head upstairs to the art work from repurposed materials at Trash2Art West sponsored by Trash to Treasure.

And don't forget, Trash to Treasure is open our regular hours on 4/21.

Monday, April 2, 2012

If You Believe that Trash to Treasure is Important to the Community

IF you believe that Trash to Treasure Creative Reuse Center is important to the community…please read this.

May 2012 will mark the 5th year anniversary of Trash to Treasure. We have operated both the Warehouse center and educational outreach programs for the last five years almost exclusively on a volunteer basis. Memberships have lagged behind our estimates partly due to the school board slashing of arts programs, a poor economy and environmental awareness challenges in South Florida in general.
We are holding a meeting ~Location to be determined by attendance
Thursday,  April 26th at 7:00 pm, AND Friday, April 27th at 11:00 am
PLEASE RSVP, ASAP to attend if you care about the continuation of this special place in our community. The agenda will include: 
  •  Increasing the number of volunteers and training them to operate the Center on Fridays and Saturdays; 
  •  The need for increased memberships and membership renewal commitment 
  • The need to encourage those who donate material and /or use the Center for recycling to make financial donations as well.

Trash to Treasure Creative Reuse Center has always been about grassroots community building and sustainability. T2T belongs to everyone.  At this crossroads, it will take a unified effort from all of us.
If you think it is important to have a place that advocates for creative expression and boundless imagination and that wisely honor’s our Earth’s abundantly bestowed resources, then I hope you will attend and be ready to step up to the plate to help Trash to Treasure Creative Reuse Center continue and prosper.
Rsvp at 954.655.9662, or email Casey.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

T2T at Odd Duck March 31 12-6 at Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center

Trash to Treasure is proud to be the DYI vendor at this year's Odd Duck March 31, 12-6.  $5 admission.

Odd Duck is
a day of unique handmade crafts, gourmet food, and music at the downtown Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center & elementary school with shopping from 80+ vendors!

Our creative folks will show you how to create fabric beads and fun things to do with them.  Your take home beads will include information about creative new ways to use your new beads and go Bead Bonkers! 

Broward College South Sustainability Week 4/16 to 4/19 2012

Trash to Treasure is partnering with Broward College South for Sustainability Week beginning April 16.  The week will feature speakers including Broward County Vice Mayor Kristin Jacobs, an environmental fair, and movies such as Garbage Dreams.  The public is welcome to attend.

We need volunteers for April 18 to help us with the Environmental Fair.  The fair runs from 10-2.  Whether you need service hours or want to be part of a great event, contact Nanette for more information.

We also need TShirts for our environmental themed silk screen workshop.  If you have clean, mostly blank tshirts that you would like to donate, drop them off at T2T during regular hours.

See flier below for more information.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Casey Eckels Honored by the Broward Commission on the Status of Women

Our very own Executive Director Casey Eckels is being honored by the Broward Commission on the Status of Women as one of 25 woman who advocate for women in Broward County.

Read more here.  We are proud of her.  Thanks to Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs for advocating for Casey.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Join Trash to Treasure at the Fort Lauderdale Irish Fest, March 10

Join Trash to Treasure at the Fort Lauderdale Irish Fest this Saturday March 10.  We will have a kids craft booth from 1-6:30.  We will be in front of the Museum of Modern Art on Las Olas. 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  We are expecting a big crowd and are looking for volunteers.  If you are planning to attend, how about taking an hour or two to help out with our kids crafts.  This is a great opportunity for students looking for community hours too.

Contact Casey  if you are interested or want more information.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Repurpose materials into a bulletin board

Don't buy a bulletin board at Office Depot or Wal-Mart. You can make your own with this quick and easy project.
All you need is: a flat piece of styrofoam, cardboard as a support, fabric to decorate, and something to hold it all together. I used several methods for the boards in the photo: glue, packing tape, staples, or a combination of methods. You can add details like the pockets (from a donated pair of shorts) or cris-crossing ribbons to hold items in place. Since it is so light weight, it doesn't take much to hold it up on a wall.
The best thing about this project is that you can customize the size to fit your needs.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

CityLink Boca Beerfest, March 2, 2012, Mizner Park

Is it that time again?  Yes, the CityLink Beerfest invades Boca Raton and Mizner Park.  Same game, same fun.  OK, so no Drunk Santa and his helpers.  But still, beer, great music, and more.

Trash to Treasure is the charity that benefits from the event.  We coordinate the recycling which results in  90% of the waste diverted by weight.  We collect cardboard, aluminum cans, glass bottles, ice bags, sample cups, bottle caps, plastic bottles and wine corks.  

This time the sample cups will be recycled through Broward College's TerraCycle Program.  Money from the program funds an Environmental Science scholarship.  Also, thanks to our other recycling partners SWS and Edge Recycling.

CityLink has the only GREEN Beerfest in South Florida. 

Thanks to our volunteers, who do work very hard for beer, for their awesome efforts.  Here is an example:

Get tickets in advance here.  See you March 2.