An innovative man turns discarded plastic bottles into solar lighting for hundreds.
Film Biz Recycling (FBR) is a New York City-based nonprofit dedicated to the creation of socially and environmentally responsible solutions from media industry waste. FBR was founded in 2008 by Eva Radke, a 15-year film veteran, in response to the needless disposal of perfectly re-useable raw and finished materials that were dumpstered and land-filled once productions wrapped.
Since it’s inception, Film Biz Recycling has diverted over 210 tons of materials from NYC films, television, music videos, TV commercials, events, Broadway, indies and student films. It’s a strict policy of FBR to re-distribute 60% or more of all donations to local charities. Currently, over 8 charities are continuous recipients of film industry furniture, books, clothing, art supplies, raw materials, linens, home goods, lighting — the list is endless.
These charities include: Blissful Bedrooms (a nonprofit that makes over the bedroom of disabled teens), Materials for the Arts (servicing theatre and public schools), Sean Casey Animal Shelter, Chips Food Pantry, Room to Grow (items for babies born into poverty) Hour Children, Housing Works, Build it Green, and CAMBA Women’s shelter. In December, CAMBA recognized Film Biz Recycling at their Christmas Event honoring our dedication to the shelter. Each item we receive is evaluated and wherever that item can do the most good, that’s where it goes. Continue reading
Here’s a ‘war’ we could actually get behind. A group in England has started a campaign to encourage restaurants to either get rid of straws completely — or provide them only when requested by a diner.
While a little straw may seem like an insignificant piece of plastic in the grand scheme of disposable items, those little pieces add up. According to the campaign’s website, in the United Kingdom alone, 3.5 million McDonalds drinks with straws are sold every day. Those straws are often not recycled and end up in landfills, or worse in the ocean.
The campaign may seem like a small step, but it’s a step in the right direction. Every little bit counts when it comes to making progress in the reduction of plastic waste.