I recently found out about ZeroLandfill and I am excited to write about. ZeroLandfill is an upcycling program that supports the supply needs of local artists and educators while reducing pressure on local landfill capacity. The pounds of materials diverted from the landfill have a second life in the community. Materials are not recycled, but rather upcycled.
Since 2006, ZeroLandfill has partnered with the architectural and interior design community in diverting from local landfills and re-purposing back into the community over 1 million pounds of materials that hold value for other audiences. ZeroLandfill has chapters in a number of cities across the country.
Materials Commonly Found at ZeroLandfill project sites
Carpet Tiles and Books
Paint Decks and Laminate Chips
Upholstery Swatches and Memos
Vinyl and Rubber Flooring Samples
Brick, Tile and Stone Samples
Wallcovering Books and Memos
Glass and Metal Samples
Three Ring Binders
Paper Sample Books
Stock Photo Books
Mat board and Foam Core
The Nashville chapter recently invited the community to choose from a variety of materials. I am so glad I was able to attend. I scored lots of fabric and some wall paper.Have I mentioned I scored a ton of fabric? And we all know how expensive fabric is.
I even found fabric that resembles my dog Teddy. What do you think? Maybe I’ll make him his own pillow.
Here’s how I upcycled the leftover fabric. I made several envelope-style pillow covers with this tutorial.