Wrap It Green

Wrap It Green

Posted on December 13, 2013 by

Aside from the very holiday-themed donations from Macy’s and American Christmas, there are lots of things in the Materials for the Arts warehouse and your recycling bin that can be re-purposed into creative hands-on holiday projects. Learn eco-friendly ways  to …

Happy 15th birthday, America Recycles Day!

Happy 15th birthday, America Recycles Day!

Posted on November 15, 2012 by

Fifteen years ago, America Recycles Day was established to raise awareness of recycling and how it can benefit the environment. Today, people all over the country are hosting special recycling awareness events in their communities and making an extra effort …

Learn how to compost with the NYC Compost Project

Learn how to compost with the NYC Compost Project

Posted on September 27, 2012 by

Just like fabric, paper, and ribbon from the MFTA warehouse can become an art project, did you know that your leftover food scraps can also be reused? That’s right – composting lets you turn your banana peels, apple cores, newspaper, …

Recycling with Sims Metal Management

Recycling with Sims Metal Management

Posted on August 27, 2012 by

Ever wonder what really happens to your plastic water bottle after you throw it in the recycling container? Recently, our Executive Director Harriet Taub took a morning to visit the Sims Metal Management recycling facility in Jersey City. Located on the …

Fiber art at its best!

Posted on July 25, 2012 by

Teachers are hard at work this week creating all kinds of fiber art projects in our Raw Fibers course! They’re weaving on things like CD cases, sequin honey comb, and mesh from the warehouse–they also created their own looms out …

Earth911 challenges you to design the Universal Reuse Symbol!

Earth911 challenges you to design the Universal Reuse Symbol!

Posted on July 23, 2012 by

The recycling symbol is used worldwide, but there’s no emblem for the act of reuse. Earth911 challenges you to design a universal reuse symbol!

Up to our elbows in pulp – and loving it!

Posted on July 18, 2012 by

Shanna contributes regularly to our Facebook page, and I’m thrilled that she’s started to blog! She has been with us since October 2011, helping schools and teachers register to receive MFTA supplies, lending a hand during school group visits, and assisting warehouse staff …

Discussing reuse with Ralph Nader

Discussing reuse with Ralph Nader

Posted on May 24, 2012 by

Established in 2004, by our partner within the New York City Department of Sanitation, the Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse, and Recycling, and housed at the City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering, the Materials Exchange Development Program …

Going green with the Durst Organization

Going green with the Durst Organization

Posted on May 8, 2012 by

City & State has a great article today about the Durst Organization and their efforts to green their offices by recycling, reusing, and composting.  The article follows the journey of one Starbucks coffee cup collected from an office in the new …

Bill Gates on education + NYT on New York takeout containers = MFTA

Bill Gates on education + NYT on New York takeout containers = MFTA

Posted on October 25, 2011 by

This weekend Bill and Melinda Gates weighed in on schools, teaching, and education reform in the Wall Street Journal. The Gates summarize a Scholastic study commissioned by their foundation, which found that teachers want (surprise!) “more involvement from parents, more …