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SXSW is giving creative reuse materials –

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What?

SpinFish & SXSW are extending this successful partnership to the SXSW 2015 Trade Show, seeking to divert and donate over 10,000 lbs of event materials. In order to pull this off we need YOUR help!

SpinFish is looking for individuals, artists, organizations (such as nonprofits and school) interested in receiving event leftovers. Current anticipated items include*:

  •      cardboard (large sheets, boxes, tubes)
  •      vinyl banners
  •      foam core
  •      promotional hand outs (brochures, fliers, tchotchkes)
  •      wood pallets
  •      furniture

 *More items to be added as event approaches. Follow SpinFish on Twitter or Facebook for updates.

Who?

SpinFish Event Solutions is a waste diversion and rescue service specializing in keeping event leftovers out of the landfill.  Across 3 SXSW sponsored events, SpinFish has diverted more than 12,000 lbs.

And you!

The only requirement about you is that you’re able to come collect materials in the time you specify.

When?

SpinFish will schedule pickup times for

Mar 18 (Wed):  6PM-8PM

Mar 19 (Thurs): 8AM-8PM

Get Involved and Volunteer

Interested in volunteering? Organize leftovers, network with like-minded folks, and get priority picks for yourself/your group!

Shifts will last 4 hours on March 18th & 19th from 8AM to 8PM.

How?

Contact SpinFish Event Solutions to schedule a pick-up or to volunteer. info@spinfishinc.com

Stay up with the action! Follow us on Twitter @SpinFish_Inc and like us on Facebook.

Board Meeting February 2015

February 10, 2015 at 7pm
Directors Present: Cindy, Leslie, Kaci, Rebecca, Katy, Angela, Michele, Carole

We’re looking for a rental space!

Thanks to all our collective (that includes you!) hard work during Raise the Roof, we raised enough funds to begin looking for our first permanent rental space! The board is actively reviewing rental properties for our perfect first home.

Amplify Austin

Looking to contribute to Austin Creative Reuse? We’re participating in Amplify Austin on March 5-6pm. Schedule a donation now or come back and donate on March 5th at 6pm.

Thanks to MakeATX for #lasertrash!

We’ve like to give a special shout out to MakeATX #lasertrash! Thanks!

Turning Trash into Treasure with Austin Creative Reuse with KXAN Studio 512!

Our very own Carole LeClair stopped by KXAN’s Studio 512 to talk about Austin Creative Reuse! In case you missed it:

Thank you for helping us Raise the Roof!

Thank you to everyone who came out for our Raise the Roof event on November 7th. It was a huge hit and we had a blast.

Many, many thanks! And stay tuned for more to come!

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FREE SXSWEco materials for the taking!

FREE materials are up for grabs next week after SXSWeco!

Over the last year, SpinFish and SXSW have been able to keep over 10,000 pounds out of the landfill from all events that they’ve partnered on. Last year, they kept 1,275 pounds out of the landfill from the SXSW Eco event alone.

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What items do you anticipate having at the end of the SXSW Eco conference?
We’re currently anticipating foamcore, vinyl/canvas banners, pallets, promo materials. New items will be added as we get closer to the event.

Does it cost me anything?
Items are FREE, but you are responsible for picking up the items on Tuesday, October 7th or Wednesday, October 8th.

Do I have to be a nonprofit or other organization?
Nope! Recipients DO NOT need to be a non-profit or organization.

When do I need to pick up items?
Item pick up will be on October 7th and October 8th, 2014. They won’t be able to hold items for you after that date.

How do I sign up or schedule a time to pick up FREE materials?
Email Renee at SpinFish for more information and scheduling: renee@spinfishinc.com

How can I help?
Definitely spread the word to all your teacher and artist friends who could use these materials! And email Renee at SpinFish. They might need volunteers.

 

The difference between reduce, reuse, and recycle + Raise the Roof

raisetheroof-finalWhen was the last time you reexamined the phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”? Well, times have changed and it’s worth a new look!

Reducing is becoming aware of the excessive and the unnecessary and then minimizing your material consumption.

Recycling gets the most publicity of the “Three R’s” and we’ve made it pretty easy to do in our communities. Recycling is the process of taking old items (usually paper, plastic, glass, and metals) and re-manufacturing to make “new” products.

Like recycling, reusing is a way to deal with “waste” – but it’s way more fun! We define reusing as taking something that’s ended its current lifecycle and putting it to a new use that doesn’t require re-manufacturing (like with recycling). You might also call it upcycling.

Can you look at an item and see its potential as part of something else, whether it’s something beautiful or something practical (or both)? That’s creative reuse! In supporting creative reuse, you help reduce the flow into the landfill just like recycling, but you also support resourcefulness, creativity, and community.

This fall, we’re asking you to think about your trash in a new way. We need a permanent community and retail space to help take Austin Creative Reuse to the next level. Become a supporter of a new #Austin and donate now. You’ll even receive a handmade reuse gift as our way of saying thanks! http://austincreativereuse.org.

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September 2014 Board Meeting

September 9, 2014 at 7pm
Directors Present: Cindy, Leslie, Kaci, Rebecca, Katy, Angela, Carole,
Visitors Present: Michelle

raisetheroof-finalSave the Date for 11/7 from 7-11pm for our Raise the Roof event!

We’re really excited to announce our Raise the Roof event in November! Food + bev, entertainment, and lots of fun! Plus you’ll be helping us raise the mullah to finally get into our first permanent space. More to come!

Seeking Fall Interns

Looking for a fall internship with a great, new nonprofit? We’re looking for fall internships. Email us your cover letter and resume to info@austincreativereuse.org to apply!

 

August 2014 Board Meeting

August 12, 2014 at 7pm
Directors Present: Cindy, Leslie, Kaci, Rebecca, Katy, Angela

Reuse Connex

We’re getting really excited about Reuse Connex on October 23-25th! Check out the speaker highlights and download the Schedule of Events (PDF) to learn more!

Why hasn’t Austin Creative Reuse moved into a space yet?

This is question we get a lot and to be 100% transparent we just don’t have the money yet. We will soon be launching an exciting campaign to raise the funds to finally open a community and retail center. We hope you’ll reach into your wallet to make a donation and support a creative reuse center in Austin. Stay tuned!

July 2014 Board Meeting

July 8, 2014 at 7pm
Directors Present: Cindy, Leslie, Kaci, Rebecca, Carole, Katy
Visitors Present: Kristin Stevens and Michele Dames

The Tesla Project — Success!

Many thanks to everyone who made the Tesla Project a success! It was great fun creating robots out of reuse materials at our creative station.

Reuse Connex Speakers Announced

Reuse Connex has listed the speakers for the 2014 Reuse Connex event to be held in Austin on October 23-25.

 

 

Austin Creative Reuse captains “Creation Station” at Tesla Project held at Canopy on July 5, 2014

IMG_20140705_154311902With over 800 attendees at this years Tesla Project (a celebration of all things Nikolai Tesla), our “Creation Station” was swamped with inventors young and old making cool new stuff out of stuff ACR rescued from the land fill.

Here’s our recipe for the fantastic fantasy gizmos :

  1. Start with old boxes, tubs, toilet paper tubes and trays
  2. Add buttons, bolts, bottle caps and corks,
  3. Secure with tape, glue, binder clips and string
  4. Mix in imagination and resourcefulness
  5. End result is something amazing!

image-4The whole event was overseen by ACR’s own “landfill” robot named NIK (Nosensical Integrated Komputer).

Many thanks to Women Printmakers of Austin for hosting us in their beautiful workspace. We’re looking forward to holding more “Creation Station” events in the future.