Tuesday, April 19, 2011

harvest - thank you pittsburgh!

2011 Pilot Program
Total Collected:
17,884 lbs!!!

Stone: 7,094 lbs
Carpet: 3,532 lbs
Vinyl: 1,440 lbs
Glass: 1,049 lbs
Binders: 895 lbs
Wood: 853 lbs
Fabric: 646 lbs
Rubber: 327 lbs
Paper: 323 lbs
Metal: 324 lbs
Shingles: 131 lbs
Laminate: 126 lbs
Plastic: 96 lbs

thanks to the pgh architectural & design community for making our first year a huge success... stay tuned for info about our celebration (party & exhibit)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

cultivation - call for volunteers

2011 Pilot Program
Session One
Total: 7,624 lbs!

Stone: 2,654 lbs
Carpet: 2,090 lbs
Vinyl: 873 lbs
Glass: 507 lbs
Fabric: 484 lbs
Wood: 293 lbs
Binders: 269 lbs
Rubber: 194 lbs
Paper: 173 lbs
Metal: 116 lbs
Plastic: 96 lbs
Shingles: 87 lbs
Laminate: 57 lbs

We need your help next week with harvest & cultivation... send an email and let us know your ready to celebrate Earth Day 2011!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

pilot program - first half

Pollinate dates: April 1 & 15
12:00 - 3:00 pm  
Interior designers and architects are invited to drop off their expired specifications samples.  Including carpet, wallcovering, fabric, stone, glass, tile, laminate, three ring binders and vinyl samples. 

Harvest dates: April 2 & 16
12:00 - 3:00 pm  
Artists and educators harvest creative supply items including fabric, carpet, ceramic tile, glass and wallcovering samples, three ring binders and specialty papers. Bring boxes or bags to carry your selections 

See you this weekend for the first half of this great Earth Day program... we know you're out there & we're ready to meet you all!

Thanks to our 2011 sponsors... Champions of Sustainability!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

pollination - 1 material, 3 ways!

ZeroLandfill(Ed)™ 1.3 Paint Chips

We know you love ZeroLandfill™.  Find cool stuff, save the planet, get free supplies for your classroom.  But it’s missing that special ingredient — inspiration!  Want to get ideas for what to do with all that stuff, while mingling with your colleagues AND earning workshop credit?  Join us for ZeroLandfill™’s newest resource, professional development workshops for you and your colleagues!

one of our most popular items... we'll have plenty of color for your next upcycled invention

Thursday, March 17, 2011

celebration - biomimicry responsible for development of successful products

celebrate - It's Nature's Way

Michael Dungan, Pres/CEO - BeeDance
Michael Dungan’s work is dedicated to discovering new abundance in our community by reclassifying waste as an asset. Through his consultancy APISync, the community project ZeroLandfill, and the online marketplace BeeDance, Michael is disrupting the status quo and bringing new understanding to the role of waste in our society. In nature, a lot of waste is generated, yet nothing is wasted. Human centered systems have every opportunity to mimic this core principal.

two weeks until launch of Pgh pilot project... see you on 04/01 for Pollinate Day 1

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

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

cultivation - reclassifying waste as a resource

Cultivation: Fill some community service hours or just volunteer where help is needed.  See you next month for THE Earth Day program of 2011!
Users of the ZeroLandfill™ service model a very generous spirit by tirelessly reclassifying waste as a resource (especially our volunteers!).  If you are not familiar with ZeroLandfill™, we repurpose items that are considered waste by one audience and connect them to audiences who deem the materials essential to their programs or processes.  

Thanks to all our sponsors for your help with our pilot program... it's exciting to find out how much stuff we can upcycle together!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

pollination - giving materials to artists & teachers

Lisa A. Abraham | 02.06.2011
Pollinate: In Akron, the treasure chest is open this year every Saturday in February from noon to 3 p.m. in vacant space at 30 N. High St.

It's the third year the program has come to Akron since its inception in Cleveland in 2006. The program is operating in 14 cities as far away as Nashville and Minneapolis-St. Paul (editors note: Pgh in April).

On Saturday, there was a line of volunteers waiting to drop off material and another line of anxious scavengers hoping to find something they can use.

It took Lori Csejtey of Akron only a few minutes to claim several large bolts of fabric wallcovering that had arrived just minutes before. Csejtey and her husband are decorating a space at Red Light Gallery, 111 N. Main St., Akron. The wallcoverings are perfect for the space, which will be styled as a boudoir, she said.

Her discovery brought a smile to the face of Christy Gray, one of the organizers of ZeroLandfill, who asked Csejtey to send along some photos of the finished space.

Over the last six years, more than half a million pounds of decorator and builder samples have been spared from landfills and put to new use, Gray said.

Celebrate Earth Day with us... thanks Construction Junction for your sponsorship and help with harvest & pollination!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

celebration - anyone can participate in giveaway of materials

Lisa A. Abraham | 02.06.2011

Why deposit it in a landfill when there are artists, teachers and students willing to take it and create with it?

What ''it'' is varies from week to week, depending on what materials are being discarded by local architects and interior designers. It could be swatches of fabric, or it could be carpet samples. It could be rolls of wallcoverings or it could be laminate countertop samples.

ZeroLandfill Akron is like a treasure hunt for local artisans and educators who come to reclaim the unwanted materials for use in artwork or classroom projects.

It's the third year the program has come to Akron since its inception in Cleveland in 2006. The program is operating in 14 cities as far away as Nashville and Minneapolis-St. Paul and now Pittsburgh!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

harvest - pick up materials

Harvest: Help us upcycle the following items for a higher purpose!

Classroom carpet & cage liners

Carpet Tile & Books

Color Theory Kit

Paint Decks & Laminate Chips

Pillows & purses 

Upholstery Swatches & Memos

Magnets & Flowers 

Vinyl & Rubber Flooring Samples

Landscaping materials

Brick, Tile & Stone Samples 

Printmaking supplies

Wallcovering Books & Samples

Coasters & Mosaics 

Glass & Metal Samples

Classroom project organizers 

Three Ring Binders

Thanks PPG Industries for sponsoring for our pilot project... green is your best color!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

cultivation - call for volunteers

Cultivation: Fill some community service hours or just volunteer where help is needed.  Volunteers are needed in order to make this program a success.  Help us as we prepare the donated finish samples for the HARVEST when local teachers, artisans, and the like will shop through our samples to make beautiful creations.

worker bees unite... in the spirit of earth day activism

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

pollination - april 01 & 15

Pollination: Interior designers and architects are invited to drop off their expired  specifications samples.  Materials include carpet, wallcovering, fabric, stone, glass, tile, laminate, three ring binders and vinyl samples.

bring out your dead... upcycle any samples you'd otherwise throw away

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

celebration - rewarding the volunteers

Celebration: of the success of our program with volunteers, leadership, material donors and the creative community by sharing tonnage diverted from landfill, classroom projects realized and satisfaction of enriching our community.

We're proud to announce our location partner for 2011... Guardian Storage: Strip District, 04/01 & 02 and 15 & 16. Thanks for your positive green business and support, program details to follow soon!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

harvest - materials for your use

Harvest: the creative community is invited to pick up materials for their use.  There is joy and energy in the room as materials are discovered, projects are imagined and new connections are made.

We are all a buzzzzz... program plans & location to be released here next week, 01/18

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

cultivation - preparing the materials for pick up

Cultivation: Work includes sorting and weighing by material type, removing carpet samples from books, recycling paper from binders and stacking and restacking materials as they arrive.

We will contact you soon about our inaugural event... to be held at a central location in April.