Saturday, November 21, 2015

Trash 2 Treasure Creative Reuse Center is Honored at Broward’s Everyday Green Expo

Trash 2 Treasure Creative Reuse Center is Honored at Broward’s Everyday Green Expo

Broward County’s innovative Trash 2 Treasure, a non-profit promoting creative reuse and recycling, receives the Green Leader Award for its contribution to the county’s environmental mission.

Deerfield Beach, FL, November 14, 2015 – Broward County’s Everyday Green Expo, held in Quiet Waters Park, was a community event promoting all things eco-friendly. The event featured environmental exhibitions and education, eco-themed raffles, “green” giveaways, a recycling drop-off, a Florida-friendly landscaping tent, and much more. Trash 2 Treasure (T2T), a creative reuse and recycling center, was both an exhibitor and an honoree. T2T received a Green Leader Award, recognizing its important contribution to the county’s environmental initiatives, namely “inspiring communities to close the recycling loop.”
Located at Art Serve, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd in Fort Lauderdale, T2T’s mission is to locate clean, reusable materials and redistribute them as valuable educational and artistic resources. Leona McAndrews, a T2T Volunteer, was thrilled to be a part of Saturday’s event. "We are honored at T2T to be a part of the Everyday Green Expo.  It is a wonderful way for environmental and other groups to get together. The organizers from Broward County Parks and Recreation, Katie Hendrickson and Peter White, do a great job of putting the event together."
For more information about T2T, see their Facebook page: ( or call Nanette Saylor at 1-888-828-8242 to find out about sponsorship opportunities.

Consider Trash to Treasure this Giving Season

This and every holiday season you are bombarded by nonprofits conducting very important work around the world.

People give about 24% of their annual contributions between Thanksgiving and New Years.  Check out facts and figures about giving here.

At Trash to Treasure, only about 1/3 of the revenue necessary to keep our doors open comes from the Center's operations.  We are dependent on workshops, events, and donations from the public to make up the rest.

So, there is a lot of competition out there with each nonprofit putting its own spin on why you should contribute to them.  As an organization organization dedicated to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, we would like to share with you what we won't do for you with your donation to our 501 (c) 3 nonprofit:

1.  No mailing labels with pleas for money inside.  Who mails anything anymore anyway?
2.  No sad pictures of students or teachers using materials made in China and bought at the store.  Too graphic!

3.  No paper calendars with monthly reminder to contribute.  Computers, Smart phones, anybody?

4.  No lengthy thank you letter in the mail.  A short email (to save paper and postage) is all our small all-volunteer organization can muster. 

5.  No repeated pleas about how dependent we are on you for survival.  You know who we are, what we do, what you want to do.

6.  No fake campaigns about the world falling apart if you don't contribute.  The world is falling apart either way.
 If you are ready to give, here is a link to do it online or mail a check to:

 Trash to Treasure
1350 East Sunrise Blvd., #120  
Fort Lauderdale 33304

Or stop by the Center, to drop of check or cold hard cash.


FAU Day of Service 2015

Trash to Treasure once again teamed with the Weppner Center at Florida Atlantic University for their FAU Day of Service.  Students came out to help us complete some tasks to help our all-volunteer organization.

T2T's Board has alumni and is always eager to participate in activities with the College.

We were impressed when some students took it upon themselves to gather some money to buy some of the homeless around the Center some food.  When the students were in line at Publix, the person in front of them paid for the food they were purchasing.  As they were crossing the street, they saw them man and told him why they were purchasing the food.  Pay it forward!

Orientation with Casey. 

Cutting Wire for Scrap Sales

Sorting Fabric

Here is what Angela Baugher, Assistant Director of the FAU Weppner Center for LEAD & Service-Learning said about the students experience:

The students really enjoyed serving with you!  One student shared how you provided them money to buy a homeless man lunch.  They were blown away by your giving and kindness.  They shared it was their best service experience to date and this student has served with us many times in the past.  Thank you for being a true example of what service is to our students and for going out of your way to work with us even though you were getting a roof!  I hope to partner with Trash to Treasure again in the future!

Trash to Treasure is always in need of volunteers.  It can be one person or a whole group. Your task can be simple or complex.  It is up to you.   Do you have a special skill?  We can probably use it.

Let us know.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

GoodShop to Benenfit Trash to Treasure

This holiday season don't just shop online.  Goodshop to benenfit Trash to Treasure.

Goodshop is an online shopping mall that donates a percent of your purchase price to Trash to Treasure when you shop at one of 3,000+ partner stores including top retailers like Amazon (1.5% donation), Expedia (up to 5% donation), and Staples (2.5% donation). You can also find 25,000+ active discounts and money-saving coupons so you can save money and give back at the same time!

When you sign up to use Goodshop, select Trash to Treasure as your charity, and click on the shop button or on a coupon, or deal, Goodshop is  given a referral fee which they split 50/50 with the cause you’ve chosen.

Goodshop members have raised millions of dollars for causes through the simple act of shopping online with Goodshop.

The costs of goods are the same as when you enter the sites directly.   So whether you are shopping for gifts or buying for everyday use, consider Goodshop for your needs as an easy no-cost way to benefit Trash to Treasure.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

TerraCycle Update 11/2015

The items taken by TerraCycle are dependent on corporate sponsorship.  As such, the items accepted will change from time to time.  See below for the latest flyer:

Some previously popular items are no longer accepted:

  • Dairy items such as yogurt containers and cheese packaging
  • Candy wrappers
  • Cookie wrappers
  • Flexible coffee containers

Rigid plastic such as yogurt containers can go in your recycling cart.

Trash to Treasure is proud to work with the Broward College TerraCycle program.  Funds raised through the program to go support an Environmental Science scholarship.  Additionally, the program collects wires which are given to T2T for fund raising.  A great partnership!

Thanks for your support.

OXXO Charity of the Month, Wilton Manors' Art Walk, November 21, 2015

Join us on November 21 at OXXO Cleaners  2180 Wilton Drive for an evening of repurposing clothing into art.  Trash to Treasure in OXXO charity of the month.  Thanks for your support.  Check out the flyer below: