Monday, December 30, 2013

Top Seven Signs Your Holiday Tree Has Been Up Too Long

From www.broward.org/parks


1. You've taken to using it as a coat rack.tree chipper
2. The bird that got into your house stayed - and nested.
3. Visitors ask how you'll be decorating it for the spring holiday.
4. It's sprouted roots and started growing again.
5. Squirrels gather at your window and look in longingly at it.
6. You can no longer see the carpet through the layers of dried needles.
7. You've decided just to go ahead and leave it up for next year.

Is there anything sadder than a holiday tree that's still standing around
in someone's living room well into the new year? If the holidays are long gone but your tree isn't, it's time to chip in and donate your used evergreen to our annual Chip-a-Tree initiative.

Last year Broward County Parks recycled more than 9,000 trees, representing more than a hundred tons of material that would otherwise have gone to landfills, and this year your tree can join those recyclable thousands. The free program encourages Broward County residents to remove all decorations from their holiday trees (no decorated trees will be accepted), then bring the trees to a participating park, where they are chipped and used for landscaping throughout the county park system. There is a limit of two trees per vehicle, artificial trees are not accepted, and no commercial vehicles or garbage trucks are allowed.
 
chipping holiday trees at T.Y. Park
 
holiday trees waiting to be chipped at Fern Forest Nature Center
 
Chip-a-Tree recycling program for holiday trees

This season's program runs from Thursday, December 26, 2013, through Monday, January 20, 2014 (Martin Luther King Day), giving you plenty of time to take advantage of those after-the-holidays sales before hauling your tree to a park. And remember, the regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee will NOT be in effect for recyclers, so there's no excuse not to do the right thing. Hours vary; call the park of your choice for details.

See http://www.broward.org/PARKS/THINGSTODO/Pages/Chip-a-TreeProgram.aspx for location information.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Rainbarrels at Trash to Treasure


Our repurposed rainbarrels originally contained fruit juice concentrate.  We've added a strainer made from a florist bucket and a spigot to give you an environmentally favorable way to provide irrigation to your yard and garden.

Rainbarrels reduce irrigation costs, beneficially use stormwater runoff, eliminate the need to pump water, and the reduce the use of highly processed potable water for plants.

Our rainbarrels come at a great price:  $65 for non-members and $45 for members.  They make a great Christmas gift.  Pick one up this weekend while supplies last.



Environmental Educator position available at Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital

To Whom It May Concern, 

 The Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital (SNC), a 501(c)3 organization,  is seeking a part-time Environmental Educator.
 
 
If you are or know someone who is interested and qualified, please forward a letter of interest and resume to robin@sawgrassnaturecenter.org.
 
To learn more about our organization, please see the SNC website, www.sawgrassnaturecenter.org.
 
Sincerely,
Robin Reccasina, Education Director
Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital
3000 Sportsplex Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33065

Monday, December 16, 2013

George Gadson: Meet the Artist and Art Psalms Book Signing, Saturday December 21, 2013 12-2

George Gadson, former T2T director and active supporter, will be at Trash to Treasure, Saturday, December 21 from 12-2.

George will be at the Center signing the second edition of his book Art Psalms.  This book features a compilation of poetry inspired by the book of Psalms and George's renowned art.

George is a Duke University graduate, former banker, self-taught artist, and recently received his MA in Education.  He has transitioned from a full-time corporate employee to a self-employed professional artist.  George will be available to discuss how his career evolved and provide advice on how artists can become more independent and self-sufficient.  Learn more here.

Art Psalms makes a great Christmas gift.  Stop by and get a personalized copy.  And we have wrapping paper!

Can't make it this weekend.  Find out how to buy it on line and support T2T at the same time here.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Recognizing "Art Psalms" by George Gadson


Art Psalms:  Inspirations of faith, hope, and love expressed through art and poetry

Long-time T2T supporter, George Gadson, has new release. 


We would like to recognize our friend, George Gadson’s book, Art Psalms: Inspirations of Faith, Hope and Love Expressed Through Art and Poetry, is a compilation of poetry and works of art by Gadson.  The book was created to take the reader to a level of intimacy with God – experiencing comfort, peace, joy and clarity of life’s purpose and destiny. The unique combination of original paintings/artwork and original poetry creates a one of a kind edition. 

George is a self-taught artist and has been commissioned to create works of art for many high pro-file events and individuals, including an ornament for the White House Christmas tree in 2008. In 1995 and 1999, respectively, Gadson created two South Florida Super Bowl bronze commemorative sculptures aptly named “The Quarterback” and “The Kicker.” Each sculpture was given to the National Football League Team owners.

You can purchase Art Psalms online at Amazon.  Use GoodShop and choose Trash to Treasure as your charity and we get a donation.

Thanks for your support.



Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Trash2Art 2013, Studio 18 Pembroke Pines, Friday December 6, 7-9



We have some really great works this year for Trash2Art 2013!

Please join us for the reception this Friday, December 6, 7-9 at Studio 18 in Pembroke Pines.

In addition to food and beverages provided by Whole Foods Pembroke Pines, we will have music performed by the South Florida Chamber Ensemble  and Laura Sue, the Silvernightingale

Myrna Meeroff of the Chamber and Laura Sue are long-time members and advocates for Trash to Treasure.  We are ecstatic about their participation in this year's event.

We look forward to seeing you this Friday.  Thanks to our sponsors for helping make the event happen.





Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.



This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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After you've seen the art at Studio 18 in the Pines on Friday, check out the Everyday Green Expo at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 - Corporate Shelter #10 -- on Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The expo will feature exhibitors promoting environmentally friendly living. Events include educational demonstrations, recycling drop-off, trash to treasure demonstrations, Florida Friendly landscaping tent, and more.

For more information, contact Katie Hendrickson at 954-357-5113 or at khendrickson@broward.org.

Monday, December 2, 2013

#GIVING TUESDAY, 2013

#GIVINGTUESDAY

This Tuesday has been deemed Giving Tuesday to kick off the giving season.  The day is designed to encourage charitable activities that support non-profit organizations.

This year we have a unique opportunity to double any monetary donation that you contribute.  Trash to Treasure has teamed up with Business for the Arts to provide memberships to teachers at Broward "D" and "F" Middle Schools.  Our first project for elementary school teachers was so successful we've added middle schools.  Follow this link to contribute.  Contributions eligible for the double match must be made by December 15.  Memberships are the prime source of revenue that keeps our doors open.

Can't make a donation?  How about donating time to our all-volunteer organization.  We have a wide variety of opportunities that can take advantage of your special talents.  Plus, we are really fun people. Send us a message  and we can start the conversation.

To all of you that have helped make a difference through out the years, thank you very much.  Happy Holidays!







Friday, November 29, 2013

Attn: Tamarac Residents - Haz Waste/Electronics Recycling - 12/7

Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Collection on Saturday, Dec. 7

Tamarac residents are invited to drop off household hazardous waste and scrap electronics to be recycled on Saturday, Dec.7, from 9 am - 2 pm at the Public Services complex, 6011 Nob Hill Road.

Free to residents of Tamarac, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, Pompano Beach, and Fort Lauderdale. Proof of residency is required.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Workshop Wednesday November 13, 6:30 to 9:00




Project Night
Leona's Holiday Crafts

You've asked for them and we are bringing an open workshop to you.  The workshop at Trash to Treasure will be open on Wednesday November 13, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Bring your own supplies and refreshments.  You will also have access to Center materials.  This is a great opportunity for you to join with others exchanging ideas, working on a project or sharing your knowledge of a craft with some of the members.


Please call Carline @ (754) 244-8400 to reserve your spot . Deadline to reserve your spot is Tuesday November 12, 2013 at 9:00 PM   

Friday, September 20, 2013

Shop GFS Marketplace to Benefit Trash to Treasure






We have another easy no cost way for you to help Trash to Treasure.

We have received approval to be a part of the GFS Marketplace Fun Funds program. Get your free membership here: http://www.gfs.com/funfunds/home.page?OrgNumber=2595800

When you shop, a portion of the money you spend will come to T2T! How easy is that?! And it will help us get closer to raising the $25,000 it takes for us to keep the center open every year.

When you sign up, be sure to print out two great coupons:  $10 off a purchase of $50 or more and a $10 donation to T2T when you spend more than $50.

Thank you in advance for signing up.




Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Eco-Schools USA

National Wildlife Federation (NWF) to Lead U.S. Eco-Schools Program
 
Eco-Schools is an internationally acclaimed program that provides a framework to help educators integrate sustainable principles throughout their schools and curriculum.

The Eco-Schools program was started in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) with support by the European Commission. It was identified by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as a model initiative for Education for Sustainable Development in 2003.
The Eco-Schools program strives to model environmentally sound practices, provide support for greening the curriculum and enhance science and academic achievement.

Additionally, it works to foster a greater sense of environmental stewardship among youth.
Eco-Schools is currently being implemented in more than 50 countries around the world.

Learn more about Eco-Schools USA at: www.nwf.org/Eco-Schools-USA

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Volunteer Opportunities at Trash-2-Art 2013

Volunteers Needed for Reception on Friday, 12/6

As you know, Trash-2-Art is coming up soon.  (In case you would like more info, see
 
We are need volunteers to help with several different functions at the event. 
  • Greeters at reception desk, answering questions
  • Recyclers – making sure items placed in recycling bins/compost bins, etc. are appropriate; promoting various recycling activities with attendees
  • General Helpers – food/drink tables, helping with set up and decorations, clean-up afterwards
  • Photographer/Video – taking pictures for use in post event promotions
 
 
The Exhibit and Reception will be held Studio 18 in the Pines is located at 1101 Poinciana Drive in Pembroke Pines  (within Howard C. Forman Health Campus).
 
I-95 to Hollywood Blvd. / Pines Blvd.  Proceed west to University Drive and go left on University (south);   At first traffic light turn right into the Senator Howard C. Forman Human Services Campus.  Left on Cypress Drive; Right on Florida Drive.  Follow signs to Studio 18 in the Pines (on right)

We hope that you will consider helping out at this exciting event. To volunteer, please contact Pilar, our Volunteer Coordinator, at pilar@trash2treasurefl.org

Thanks

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Coastal Cleanup 9/21

Broward County participates in the annual International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy. The Cleanup takes place in over 104 countries around the world and typically on the 3rd Saturday of September.

The next event is scheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 9 a.m. until noon. Please dress appropriately for the weather, either rain or shine, as we will only cancel the Cleanup due to a tropical storm system resulting in a Watch or Warning. Call 954/519-1270 for cancellation information.

To participate, bring a hat, gloves, sunscreen and water to one of the cleanup site locations identified on the map below. 

Register


Email coastalcleanup@broward.org to register for this year's cleanup event. Please include your name, contact information, organization, and number of attendees.

2012 Coastal Cleanup Results

In September of 2012, 2,458 people volunteered their time to help clean the beaches in Broward County as part of the 27th Annual International Coastal Cleanup. Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department staff worked with local municipalities and collected 7,171 pounds of trash from 13 cleanup site locations. Items collected ranged from baby toys to bio-hazardous waste. An estimated 82,000 pieces of trash were picked up with the number one trash item being cigarette butts. Over 34,000 butts were cleaned from the beaches and one site, which combined all the cigarette butts collected by the volunteers, filled a bag that weighed 10 pounds

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Looking for a few good Talking Heads

Presenters Needed

If you are comfortable with public speaking, we have opportunities for you to share news about Trash 2 Treasure with the community.  Sometimes, we are asked to make appearances at local events like a Girl Scouts event, green expo, a civic group, or an environmental event.

We will provide training on environmental, recycling issues and T2T.  Depending on the event, you may wish to take examples of repurposed materials with you to an event.

If you are interested in helping be our "talking head", please contact Pilar, our Volunteer Coordinator, at pilar@trash2treasurefl.org.

Thank you.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

New River Cleanup Event on 9/29

Help cleanup the New River on 9/29


At 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 29, 2013, Florida Atlantic University’s Florida Atlantic Planning Society (FAPS) will again be hosting a cleanup of the North Fork.

Wildlife Research Team plans to be there. Please call Donna Kazo to reserve a seat in their black canoes: 954.474.8194 begin_of_the_skype_highlightingnd_of_the_skype_highlighting. She will be leading a brief Canoeing 101 class before the event. Community Service hours are available to students.
 Location:  Reverend Samuel Delevoe Park
2520 NW 6th Street (also called Sistrunk Boulevard) Fort Lauderdale FL 33311
Phone: 954.791.1036


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sign Up for GoodSwipe to Benefit Trash to Treasure


Our partners at GoodSearch are proud to announce a new way to help nonprofits without spending any money:  GoodSwipe.

Register the credit or debit card you use most frequently, designate Trash to Treasure Creative Reuse Center as your selected nonprofit and a percentage of the transaction will be donated to us.  It's that easy.  Nothing affects other rewards you receive from your card.  Retailers like Sears, Dunkin Donuts, and 7-11 are currently participating.

Here's an article with more information.

Thanks for your support.  Don't forget to make us your chosen charity.




Saturday, August 31, 2013

Green Apple Day of Service on 9/28/13


TRANSFORMING OUR SCHOOLS

 

When you look at our educational spaces, you see outdated buildings in need of repairs, burdened with unsafe toxins, dwindling budgets and outdated resources - in place of opportunity and progress.  The Green Apple Day of Service enables volunteers to transform all learning environments into safe, engaging and comfortable facilities that enhance kid’s ability to learn and teacher’s ability to teach.

The Green Apple Day of Service, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Be sure to check out project ideas, read last year's highlights and register your 2013 project today!

For more information about local projects, see http://service.mygreenapple.org/page/event/search_results?orderby=zip_radius&zip_radius%5b0%5d=33309&zip_radius%5b1%5d=100&country=US&radius_unit=mi.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Sorters Needed

Sort it all out - - -

Come over and help us ride the wave of donations that come in every weekend.  We always need help sorting through donations and organizing them for placement. 

When putting materials need to be put out for the public, you don't have to be an expert.  We'll give you an orientation.  When you're here, just use your best judgment.  To help sorters and shoppers, we are working on signage for each zone. 

Volunteers also assist shoppers find items of interests and answering questions about the Center.  Weighing materials to be taken by members.

We are actively involved with HandsOn Broward and have registered with Encore Connect.  If you or someone you know needs community service hours, the Center is open 2-7 pm on Fridays and 10 - 5:30 pm on Saturdays.

Please contact Pilar, our Volunteer Coordinator, at pilar@trash2treasurefl.org

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Grace Cafe and Galleries

New Discovery:  Thanks to a Share on FaceBook, I discovered this gem in Dania.  It looks like a great place to have fun.  Give us a shout on our FaceBook page if you've ever been there.

Leona

 

Grace CafĂ© - art, music, drama, etc - cultural arts in Dania 

 "Grace Cafe and Galleries is located in historic downtown Dania Beach and consists of a 2,500 square foot gallery, dance studio and coffee bar flex-art-space, containing original artworks for sale (paintings, sculpture and hand-crafted interiors); open year-round for art, dance and painting classes.
 
Daytime or evening musical, drama and special events are booked monthly by artists, groups and catering is available. The Coffee Bar is open daily with tables that can be arranged for parties and special events.
 
Call for more information:  954/816-3324.

GENERAL HOURS OF OPERATON for GALLERY/COFFEE BAR ARE TUESDAY - SATURDAY 11 AM - 6 PM; DANCE STUDIO CLASSES ARE  MONDAY - THURSDAY as posted, and SATURDAY MORNING as posted.
 
Contact Grace Cafe and Galleries

 75 N. Federal Hwy, REAR SUITE, behind Lugano Art Gallery
Dania Beach, FL 33004

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

EcoArt: It's Only Natural

              
This film project shows how art can fuse with environmental science and community engagement to protect and preserve fragile and endangered ecologies.
West Palm Beach Waterfront, designed by Michael Singer Studio. Includes water gardens and a living dock.
Since EASF’s founding in 2007, the number of Florida artists engaged in the demanding trans-disciplinary practice of EcoArt has doubled! And they are creating stunning, ecologically productive artworks at the rate of 1-2 a year.

EcoArt South Florida - Trailer from Southern Land FilmsOur project documents the phenomenon of EcoArt’s growth in South Florida, addressing the ups and downs of the journey. The film’s perspective will be through the eyes and experiences of the artists and their collaborators who will candidly respond to the key question: “Why EcoArt?” 

We believe our story of how EcoArt has become a powerful force, in a state with multiple, serious ecological problems, can spark the emergence of similar trans-disciplinary efforts elsewhere.

Biofiltration Sculpture at Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, designed by Michael Singer Studio.
EcoArt South Florida is teaming up with Miami filmmakers Southern Land Films to mark EcoArt practice’s arrival at “critical mass” stage in the region. Our documentary, which is already underway, will profile 11 of the seventeen EcoArt works that have been completed or are in progress. We are thrilled that our efforts to catalyze the emergence of South Florida as a new, vibrant center for EcoArt practice are working!

For more information see:  ecoartsofla.org

Monday, August 19, 2013

Trash to Treasure NO LONGER ACCEPTING PLASTIC, FILM, OR STYROFOAM




Since our inception, we have looked for opportunities to push the envelope in recycling in our community.  As such, we feel that we have brought about changes in our community for the better.  This success has resulted in diminishing the need to provide these services.

Rigid Plastics

Our plastic recycler is no longer in business.  However, since the beginning of this program, rigid plastics have been added to most single-stream recycling programs.  Here are the links for Broward, Palm Beach and Dade counties. 

Don't have recycling at your condo, apartment, or business?  Here are the links:

Dade Multifamily - Mandatory
Broward Multifamily- Mandatory in many cities
Palm Beach Multifamily

Palm Beach Drop-Off locations
Dade County Business-Mandatory

Looking for a contractor for single-stream recycling?  Check out our friends at:

Sun Recycling
SRS Recycling

Recycling is less expensive than most people think.


Styrofoam and Plastic Film Recycling







Our recycler Recyc-Carpets of South Florida is right around the corner from the Center and open 7 days a week. 
Here is the info:


4710 NW 15 St, Unit 5A
Fort Lauderdale
954-493-9495
info@recyc-carpets.com

WARNING:  Material dropped off at the Center will go in the garbage.

We still have mixed paper recycling at the Center.


Thank you for your cooperation.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Take Action re: Oil Drilling in Collier County

Update from Jennifer Wing --- Event August 31st


We're making great progress, we've got over 3700 signatures, the word is getting out. If each of you share the petition with at least 1 person the amount of signatures could easily double to 7400. Please share it, here is the link and thank you. http://www.change.org/petitions/florida-department-of-environmental-protection-do-not-approve-the-permit-sought-for-oil-drilling-in-collier-county

Here is a great event that is coming up here in Naples, please attend if you can.

MARCH TO GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT’S HOME
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 5:00 PM

Meet on the beach at Naples Fishing Pier, 25 12th Ave. S., Naples, FL 34102

March to 3150 Gordon Drive in Old Naples, Gulf of Mexico beach front

Let’s turn up the heat in a march to Governor Rick Scott’s home to stop new oil drilling in South Florida. Collier leased 115,000 acres for oil exploration to Hughes Oil, who applied for permits to set up a drill site in Golden Gate Estates — 1000 feet from family homes and adjacent to the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge and Western Everglades. We say, NO oil drilling in our backyards, in our panther habitats, and in our protected wetlands. If it’s legal, it shouldn’t be. New oil drilling will endanger residents, water, wetlands, and wildlife as well as contribute to environmentally damaging climate change.

By land and by sea, we’ll march and paddle from the Naples Pier to the Governor’s beachfront home. Banners and flags will spell out concerns. In the Governor’s backyard, we’ll build an oil rig to make visible why residents don’t want to live in an emergency evacuation zone, only feet from a hazardous drill site, with a 145’ oil rig. We’re calling on the Governor to tell the state to deny the permit. Closing with a candlelight vigil, we’ll invite everyone, from legislators to land barons, to partner with us in preserving South Florida. Bring a windproof candle, light stick, or cell phone set to candle mode.

Details: Facebook Preserve our Paradise, event page: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/581706661871668/

Contact: Karen Dwyer, Ph.D. dwyerka@gmail.com
Thank you for your support.
Looking forward to seeing you there,
Jen

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Recycling Intern City of Coconut Creek




LEADMAN/LEAD MECHANIC
City of Coconut Creek
Internship Program

PUBLIC WORKS - RECYCLING INTERN


Pay: $8.50/hour
Classification: Paid internship - temporary employee.

GENERAL PURPOSE:
Work involves participation in outreach campaigns to maximize program efforts which includes participation in various special projects/events and assisting with the development of outreach tools. Work includes the development, implementation, and maintenance of single-family, commercial, and multi-family recycling programs.

This is field and office work in the development and promotion of city-wide single-stream recycling programs.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES:

  • Meets with representatives of home owner associations, commercial establishments and multi-family complexes to promote interest and participation in single-stream recycling program; assists with program implementation, promotion, and monitoring.
  • Responsible for project assignments, research, and analysis.
  • Conducts waste audits by observing the source, creation, and final storage methodology of the waste product.
  • Educates community groups, businesses, and residents about single-stream recycling through presentations at public meetings, schools, and special events.
  • Addresses single-stream contamination issues through outreach and education.
  • Investigates and documents complaints received from residents, businesses, and contractors.
  • Provides program support and measures participation through field/phone surveys and other administrative functions.
  • Assists in the development of educational and outreach tools.
  • Prepares field activity reports and other reports and forms associated with recycling activities.
  • Performs related work as required.






MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Eligible to work in the United States.
  • Must be currently enrolled in a college/university with a major in Public
Administration, Business Administration, Environmental Science, or related field.
  • Must possess a valid State of Florida driver's license with a good driving
record. (If the driver's license was issued by a state other than Florida, a State of Florida driver's license is required prior to employment.)
  • Must be able to work flexible work schedule.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. The work environment characteristics described are representative of those an intern will encounter while performing the essential functions of this role. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, you will frequently be required to use hands to finger, handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms. This position may frequently be required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, walk, sit, talk, or hear. You may frequently lift and/or move up to 50 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this position, you may frequently work near moving mechanical or electrical parts. The noise level in the work environment is rarely noisy.

OTHER
PWIntern/2013






For more information or to apply contact:

Michael Heimbach
City of Coconut Creek
954-956-1453
email here

Position open until filled.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What people can accomplish in community

The Tent | A community art installation - 2012
An inspiring story

Artists: Tali Buchler  and Noa Meir

Materials: lycra fabric scraps, watering pipes, rope
‘The Tent’ is an art installation that is part of a group exhibition “in suspension” in Zichron Yaakov, Israel.  

The idea behind this art installation was to bring back craft and the love of making to the local community. By gathering and knitting the tent, a community based on the love of handcraft was formed.

Every Wednesday for 3 months kids, parents and grandparents got together at the local community center to finger knit ropes from left over lycra scraps brought from a local factory. The ropes were tied to 3 nesting rings made of watering pipes, forming circus-like shaped tents. The tents were hung from a large ficus tree located in a public garden in the center of town, adjacent to a synagogue called Jacob’s Tent (we found that out after installing the tent). We hung a total of 3 tents, all independent of one another but close enough that spinning one would start the movement of  another.

The hovering tents formed a space that encouraged passersby to stop, engage with the tents and play. A public garden that was hardly ever occupied now became a desirable place to be.  You can read about the story behind the tent on http://www.growingupcreative.com/2012/09/finger-knitting-a-tent-the-story-behind.html

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Eco Yogurt Lounge

Eco Yogurt Lounge - Boca Raton

New discovery: An eco-friendly business


From the Eco Yogurt Lounge website:  http://ecoyogurtlounge.com/
 
"At Eco Yogurt Lounge, we know that good stewardship of the environment is a group effort. We strive to do our part through use of Earth-friendly, recycled materials, but we don’t stop there. We think it’s also important to support other groups in their green initiatives. That’s why we donate a percentage of our proceeds to local, ecologically friendly organizations. Together, we can take bold steps forward while leaving a lighter footprint on our environment.

Cups: 

Our cups don’t stop at merely serving up a low-fat, great-tasting treat. They also do their part for the Earth, making use of recycled material — every ton of which prevents 60 pounds of air pollution and spares 17 trees.
Eco Yogurt Lounge spoon

Spoons:

We believe plastic ware shouldn’t be a given when digging into our delectable frozen yogurt. Our spoons are made with renewable materials like plant starch, and require less energy to produce than their plastic counterparts."

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Market Earth in Fort Myers

I wasn't able to visit this store on my most recent trip to Fort Myers, but it's top of my list for the next one.

Leona

 

Market Earth Green Statement

                                              1518 Hendry St.   Fort Myers, FL 33901

 Market Earth is committed to reducing our impact on the environment. We use recycled products in our business processes and vegetable and soy based inks on our printing materials wherever possible. We support a low-waste shipping policy by reusing all possible incoming shipment materials and strive for using as little new paper material as we can. So don’t be surprised when your shipment arrives in a box that’s been given a second life. We’re just trying to be as green as we can be.

We believe in supporting the artisan spirit at Market Earth through local artists, fair trade partners and recyclers from around the world. We strive to find unique products that share our visions of supporting a global marketplace with exceptional standards of quality and creativity. All our goods represent our philosophy of social awareness and we are proud to be a purveyor of change in the way we treat this beautiful earth and all the people, everywhere, who live on it.



Check out https://www.marketearth.net/products/ to see a list of their products.

Friday, August 2, 2013

TerraCycle Update 7/13




T2T Volunteers, Members and Donors,

I am asking for all of your help to support the Broward College TerraCycle program. Currently BC is the highest collecting college in the country. In effort to maintain this status we set an aggressive goal of 300,000 items by December. Currently we are around 120,000 items and we have a way to go. The Summer months are slower as fewer classes are offered.

Please help us bridge the gap and bring your TerraCycle items to T2T from the attached list. We get lots of yogurt cups but few Toothbrushes, Toothpaste Tubes, Dried up Pens, Granola and Candy bar wrappers, Chip Bags, Shoes, and Scotch tape cores.

Please share this list with everyone you know. It would be FANTASTIC if the T2T TerraCycle bin was at capacity every week.

I greatly appreciate your support as we reduce waste and support the Michelle Lawless Scholarship. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Broward College- Student Financial Services
7200 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, Fl 33024
Telephone (954) 201-8882 Main Number (954) 201-8846

Monday, July 29, 2013

Colbert takes on Water Bottle Giant Nestle



The Colbert Report takes on the water bottle industry exposing  Nestle's desire to rule the bottled spring water industry.




Check out a list of Nestle's attempt to profit from the world's basic human right to water here.

Did you know that bottled water is less regulated than local tap water?

And most water bottles are not recycled.  It's time for a refresher from our friends at the Story of Stuff.


Sunday, July 28, 2013

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In our never-ending quest to stay current, we are looking at our e-mail list and want to make sure everyone is included that wants to be.  Please send us an email with your name and let us know if there is any particular info you'd like to see on the blog.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Call for Artists: Trash 2 Art 2013 to be held at Studio 18 in the Pines - December 3 - 28, 2013

Detour Butterfly Professional Adult 1st Place 2012





Here at Trash 2 Treasure Creative Reuse Center - Fort Lauderdale we are busy prepping for our annual art event -- Trash 2 Art.  
What started out as an idea to simply raise a bit of operating capital and have some fun growing awareness for our scrappy organization quickly grew into what is now considered the premier re-purposed art show in South Florida. 
This year we're taking our show to Studio 18 in Pembroke Pines.  We'll be celebrating with our official opening in conjunction with their first Friday open house on December 6, 2013, from 7p - 9p. 

The complete exhibition will run from December 3 - December 28, 2013 at the facility at Studio 18 in the Pines, 1101 Poinciana Drive, Pembroke Pines, Florida 33025.  For the third year, this will be a juried exhibition with cash prizes to the winners in professional, amateur, and student categories.

Intake for artists will be Saturday, November 30th, from 10am - 2pm and then again on Monday, December 2nd from 10am - 2pm.  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.
Artists may register through this link here:  http://www.trash2treasurefl.org/T2ART.php
Watch for updates on the specific festivities over on our Facebook page along with nearly 2000 supportive  "fans" at https://www.facebook.com/Trash2TreasureFL.  
Do you have an idea you'd like to share to add some excitement to our event? Please contact us at 888-828-8242.
And, since no event like this is possible without community partners, we are actively seeking sponsors at this time. If you are a like-minded business owner or individual who wants to support this event and/or the other community services that Trash 2 Treasure provides, please contact us at 888-828-8242 or email us at info@trash2treasurefl.org.  
As we receive confirmation from our partners, we'll be sharing their special message of support here and through our growing network of collaborators. 
And remember, all ages are welcome to participate as artists and all mediums are welcome. Our only requirement is that the materials used must be 75% recycled or re-purposed.
So, register here: http://www.trash2treasurefl.org/T2ART.php, mark your calendar for 11/30 Intake and 12/6 for the reception, and now go create!


Monday, July 22, 2013

Arsenic and . . . Apple Juice?

From Food Safety News July 15, 2013


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed a limit for
arsenic in apple juice, two years after testing by Dr. Oz and Consumer Reports spurred widespread consumer concern about the presence of the compound in juice products.

The Environmental Protection Agency already has an arsenic limit for tap water, but the FDA’s new proposal is the first such federal standard for a food product. The proposed limit, or “action level,” for inorganic arsenic —  the harmful form of the chemical that is a known human carcinogen – matches the EPA’s current threshold for inorganic arsenic at 10 parts per billion.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Tips for reusing a variety of paper bags

Creative Recycling: Crafts, Activities, and Tips

Quick Crafts and Recycling Tips
Here are great tips for reusing a variety of paper bags.
  • You can cut them open and use them to wrap packages that are to be mailed (make sure the unprinted side is out).
  • You can also wrap presents using paper bags. Make sure the unprinted side is out and then decorate with paint, markers, crayons, stickers, or anything else you like.
  • Use them to protect the work surface while doing messy craft projects.
  • Make an almost-instant pinata by filling the bag with treats, decorating it with some paint and streamers, and hanging it up!
  • Cut into squares or rectangles and flatten (try a warm iron). Use as stationary or drawing paper.
  • Create heavy-duty paper airplanes.
  • Line your walkway with paper bags luminaries.
  • Large bags are great for making kites.
  • Cut out 2 eyes holes and decorate the bag to be a mask.
  • You can also cut a slit down one side, cut out a neck hole and two arm holes, and wear it as a vest.
  • Cut into long strips, fold, and cut out paper chain people, stars, hearts, etc.
  • Paper bags are great for making book covers.
  • Paper bags are also great for making pattern templates.