I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas

As we become a more educated public, we feel guiltier for all of our misdeeds. Take recycling (or lack of it, rather). There’s a twinge of pain associated with throwing a bottle away that simply wasn’t there a decade ago; we’re calling it Green Guilt.

This can be alleviated through simple, everyday activities, like coming up with creative new uses for your discards. One local non-profit has made this its mission. Trash to Treasure adopts homeless recyclables — from fabric bolts to sleeves of coffee cup lids — and trains the public to see them with new eyes through workshops and art education, both with the public and in schools. Its latest mission is a joint effort with George Gadson Studios (One Young Circle, Hollywood). You simply show up to the studio at 9 a.m., pay $25 bucks, and unleash your inner artist on assorted scraps of every variety. Pros will be on hand to give guidance as you craft your masterpiece. Then you can gift them at the holidays and help make this a green Christmas. Visit georgegadsonstudios.com, and trash2treasurefl.org.
Sat., Nov. 8, 2008

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