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Kids Turn Trash Into Treasures

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 17:16 GMT

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Give a child some garbage and great things shall come.

Trash For Teaching is a Los Angeles-based organization that provides clean, usable trash that’s dug out of dumpsters or donated by manufacturers for kids to use for creative purposes.

For example, knitting factories use thread on spools to make yarn. Instead of trashing the spools like before, they now go to art classes.

Co-founder Kathy Stanton says the projects crafted by children using trash are a real reason to recycle.

She explains, “I’ve seen amazing things made out of stuff that ends up in landfills. I saw one kid make an entire tea set, chairs, table, and all. Kids are incredibly creative.”

Children have used materials like empty water bottles, toilet paper rolls, cardboard, and old duct tape to create crafts.

Cashed-strapped schools can benefit from the program, since the organization has a warehouse that teachers can ransack for supplies.