Wednesday, March 9, 2011

harvest - tons of stuff

Carpet samples make more than Muppets

When architect David Roth puts building projects out for bid, he gets an overwhelming number of manufacturers' samples in response, from paint chips to bricks -- enough to paper a small wall or pave a tiny courtyard, he says. And by next year the carpet samples, wall coverings, fabric, stone, glass, tile, laminates and vinyl, in their three-ring binders, have.all gone out of style. 

Firms like Roth's The Downtown Design Company amass tons of the stuff -- literally. Now ZeroLandfill, an effort of Cleveland's BeeDance project, has chosen Pittsburgh as its 14th city, offering a creative way to redistribute and upcycle, or reuse, the material by artists, teachers or anyone else who wants to give them new life.

ZeroLandfill will hold two collection days (April 1 and 15, noon-3 p.m.) at Guardian Storage (2839 Liberty Ave., in the Strip District), followed by two giveaway days (April 2 and 16, noon-3 p.m.). Fill up a bag, fill up your car.

visit us on facebook... volunteers welcome for this great earth day program

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