Producers of the “Redefining Waste” Documentary, a film series about individuals who live or create using waste, are teaming up with local students and organizations to make an educational booth made completely out of already used materials. It will be constructed using cans and plastic containers, broken furniture, construction scraps, and other items that commonly end up in local landfills. Team members will be on hand to raffle off prizes, discuss the documentary, and encourage passersby to rethink the definition of “waste.”
The booth will be on display on Saturday April 21st from 11a.m. – 6p.m. in Civic Center Park, 201 Laporte Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado. It will be part of the Sustainable Living Association’s Earth Day Fair alongside food vendors, arts and crafts, speakers and live music, and various other displays and activities. Admission to the fair is free and all community members are encouraged to attend.
Booth materials and construction assistance have been donated by Eco-Thrift, a local reuse store with a mission similar to the documentary: encourage reuse and environmental care. Other partners include Savory Spice Shop, Mugs Coffee Lounge, GreenRide, Cohere and Beach House Grill, all of which have donated goods and gift certificates to be raffled off as prizes to fair attendees who visit the booth.
“Earth Day is a celebration of what we have been able to contribute to the environment and community,” said Green Ride co-founder Deborah Flynn. “However, it is also a reminder that there is so much more we can do. Earth Day exists as a message to everybody that we must continually improve in order to provide for future generations.”
The goal of the booth is to raise awareness about the growing problem of excess trash and introduce community members to a simple but overlooked remedy – reuse. TEDxCSU, a Colorado State University group organizing the upcoming “Growing Greener Generations” sustainability conference, is partnering with “Redefining Waste” to create and staff the booth. Along with learning about the reuse movement and the importance of recycling, booth visitors can reserve tickets to the April 23rd event.
“When we started this project, we knew it would be interesting – but that’s an understatement. We met people who convert waste water into fuel, people who make musical instruments from scrap metal, and people who build homes out of used tires. There’s a virtual underground of those who are changing the way we use and repurpose our resources,” commented Shantel Hansen, Producer.
For more information about the Redefining Waste Documentary, visit wastedocumentary.com, facebook.com/redefiningwaste, and twitter.com/redefiningwaste