Blog : The Art of Reuse

By John | Jul 20, 2015 | in

The Post Land-fill Action Network (PLAN) is a New Hampshire-based nonprofit working with student leaders across the country to build a world where landfills and incinerators are obselete. It was founded by the creators of the UNH Trash 2 Treasure program, which helps students across the country combat waste on their college campuses.

On October 11, PLAN will host The Art of Reuse, an evening of art, hors d'oeuvres and community to celebrate the burgeoning reuse movement. The evening will feature both local and nationally recognized artists who incorporate found objects, materials, or messages about consumption and waste in their work. The event will include an open bar sponsored by the Smuttynose Brewing Company.

The members of PLAN take a pragmatic yet optimistic view of waste reduction. They see waste, not as a dead-end issue, but as a solvable logistics problem. PLAN seeks to create zero-waste solutions by educating their peers about the waste crisis and leading programs to reduce, reuse, and recycle materials. The problem is that waste on college campuses does merely continue; it increases every year. In the fall of 2011, students at the University of New Hampshire noticed that many of the returning students bought reusable items which they had previously thrown out at the end of the previous year. To stop this wheel of waste, the observant students launched a program called Trash 2 Treasure, through they collected discarded yet resuable items in the spring, cleaned them up over the summer, and sold them to other students in the fall. The program was a huge success, netting a substantial profit.

Since then, this initiative has gone national through the founding of PLAN, which aims to duplicate the phenomenon of Trash 2 Treasure on college campuses nationwide. To this end, PLAN advises students on waste reduction, assists them in auditing their waste, and helps to launch programs in order to reduce and reuse this waste. But the students of PLAN also want this experience to be as enjoyable to their clients as it was to them. So they are hosting The Art of Reuse, when students can experience the pleasure of making a substantial contribution to their community, their environment, and each other.

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