I was browsing good2gether's website just now, and came upon "Extras for Creative Learning," a non-profit that was recently added to our site. Initially I clicked because I was curious- the organization's name didn't automatically convey its function, and for me it was intriguing enough to take a closer look. I'm so glad that I clicked on through- what an amazing organization! to quote their description on their good2gether page, "Extras for Creative Learning recovers over 65 tons of fabulous material every year from being burned or buried by business and industry, then redistributes it for creative educational use."
This immediately brought back fond childhood memories of making Christmas ornaments from paper cups, reused aluminum foil, and yarn, or sock-puppets from old fabrics, discarded buttons, and colorful string. Looks like the modern versions haven't changed too much:)
So anyway, here's why I think this organization's work is so great. They ask for discarded material- office supplies, leather, tile, foam, paint, fabric, etc, therefore saving the donating business/individual the cost of disposal (and it's tax deductible.) They then offer annual memberships (for artists, educators, schools, parents, etc) so they have access to an extensive materials library.
Good for donor- clutter reduction -check.
Good for the business- tax deductible -check.
Good for the environment- recycling- check.
Good for kids & educators, artists & craftspeople- low cost access to materials- check.
Providing kids and artists with materials and inspiration while saving the environment and saving you money- what's not to love?