Zerolandfill Chicago Invites Local Educators and Artists to Gather Discarded Interior Design Samples and Ideas for Putting Them to Use

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October events promote creativity while helping protect the environment. Local designers offer ideas for using the samples; MDC sponsors the Chicago branch of national ZeroLandfill organization designed to repurpose interior design samples and redistribute them to the community.

ZeroLandfill helps reduce the burden on the nation's landfills while supporting school teachers and artists with the craft and classroom supplies they need.

WHAT: ZeroLandfill Chicago has collected loads of samples including fabric, wall covering, tiles, stone, paint chips and binders and will redistribute them to the public free of charge, along with free craft demonstrations.

WHY: These events, and ZeroLandfill events like it throughout the country, help reduce the burden on the nation's landfills while supporting school teachers and artists with the craft and classroom supplies they need.

WHEN: Two Thursdays - October 10 and October 17, 2013, from 5:30 -7 p.m. Two Saturdays - October 12*** and October 19, 2013, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

***On Saturday, October 12, three local artists will design original creations using donated materials. With a sewing machine, glue guns, paint and other tools, the artists will give teachers and other crafts people ideas for using the free supplies they gather from ZeroLandfill.

WHERE:     Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento Blvd., Chicago, IL
WHO: Twice a year, Chicago area design firms, retail outlets, and manufacturers are     invited to drop off unwanted samples of design finishes. The materials are then weighed, sorted, displayed, and made ready for pick up by members of Chicago's     creative community.

ZeroLandfill Chicago is an all-volunteer organization run with the support of sponsors including MDC Wallcoverings and WilsonArt, and partnerships with the Chicago Center for Green Technology, USGBC-IL, and the Merchandise Mart.

ZeroLandfill seeks to recycle the staggering amount of unwanted architectural samples discarded in the design and construction process every year. Nationwide, ZeroLandfill has diverted over one-million pounds of these materials from the waste stream by getting them into the hands of school teachers, artists, theater groups and crafters where they can find new life as creative materials and classroom supplies.

ZeroLandfill Chicago Chapter
c/o MDC Wallcoverings, 1200 Arthur Ave.
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
800 621-4006 ext.8330; fax
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