Have you ever thought of how much trash you throw out each week? And where the heck it all goes? Well, mostly landfills. And with this ever-increasing dilemma of so much trash building up, leave it to a nonprofit arts organization, led by a conscious-minded team, to come up with some useful and creative solutions – ART!
With landfills overflowing, Nashville’s Turnip Green Creative Reuse developed an ingenious program to divert usable material from landfills for creative endeavors. Each day, they take in an average of 1,000 pounds of donated hard-to-recycle materials and then redistribute them back to community members through a shopping center and education programming.
In addition to offering artists a “pay what you can” program for up-cycled materials to use in their art projects (see JUST FOR ARTISTS section below for more information), they host an online shop filled with handmade gifts created with up-cycled materials. https://shoptgcr.square.site/shop/s-e-a-t-shop-x-southwest-airlines/9
You can also consider donating materials to them. Beyond traditional arts and crafts supplies, they accept office supplies, scrap fabric and sewing notions, packaging materials, vases and planters, building materials and hardware, technology and media, and so much more!
Be sure to check out Turnip Green Creative Reuse at https://turnipgreencreativereuse.org for more about their programs as well as contact info.