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Artists In Residence at Save That Stuff & Open House

The Myth Makers

Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein aka The Myth Makers, are contracted to build 5 monumental public art sculptures that will be transported to the Garment District in NYC Sat Jan 3rd. The installation of all 5 sculptures is called Avian Avatars, and will be on view through April 24th 2015. These works of art are built from saplings that reference nature and evoke that natural world. Each one incorporates found objects that create a continuity amongst the 5 sculptures. The found objects locate the pieces in the urban environment and invite a dialogue with the people of NYC i.e. an urban audience. The Myth Makers are excited to work as Artists in Residence courtesy of Save That Stuff, Inc. in Charlestown to bring these sculptures to life. Dodson and Moerlein will be building the sculptures on site, in Save That Stuff’s CHaRM (Center for Hard to Recycle Materials) warehouse in Charlestown.
Avian Avatars are built from renewable and recycled resources. The saplings are harvested in the forest understory from stump regrowth.  The hardwood timber industry leaves abundant stumps that swiftly send up suckers towards the sunlit gaps. These fragile slender saplings are selectively thinned by the Myth Makers, allowing more robust trees to flourish. Tied together with wire ties, the structure of these sculptures has the strength and massive presence of tree trunks, but the lightness and transparency of a sapling thicket.

The collaboration between Moerlein and Dodson is born from a mutual love of the wild. Moerlein takes inspiration from events in the natural world that leave visual marks which strike a narrative chord in the artist. Dodson takes inspiration from the mysterious nature of animals that spark her imagination. Although monumental in scale, these ephemeral works are temporary in nature. Made from natural materials, they are site specific, and respond to their local audience. Meaning to only last 3-5 years, they appear, fade, and disappear, adding a chapter to the life stories in their communities.

Save That Stuff, Inc. is excited to have the Myth Makers at our CHaRM center, as they lend a new take on material reuse. Dodson and Morlein are a self-sufficent duo, and it has been a pleasure intersecting with them on the weekends and seeing the Avian Avatars take shape. As they work and weave with the saplings, the material literally takes on a new life.

Though this is an unusual partnership for a recycling company, we support new and creative routes to thinking about the materials we encounter in the everyday, and helping a public audience to engage with their surroundings, the natural environment, and recycled & reused materials.

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December 20th.
Save That Stuff, Down East Cider, Charlestown Navy Yard,  and others!
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Small Business Saturday Nov. 29th – Choose Local & Independent All Year!

Bigger isn’t always better! – Choose small, local & independent


November 29th is Small Business Saturday.

In celebration, we invite you to save your stuff with Save That Stuff!

Choose to contract with a local & independent recycling & waste hauler!

Save That Stuff, Inc.
One Goal. Zero Waste.

MORE materials we collect

Don’t just choose local and independent on Small Business Saturday.
Shop Small All Year!

Schedule a FREE site evaluation & $25 off your first pickup
Find out more –

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Think local & independent first
Buy local & independent when you can
Save That Stuff – local & independent since 1990

Top Ten reasons to Think Local – Buy Local – Be Local

  1. Buy Local — Support yourself: Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.
  2. Support community groups: Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
  3. Keep our community unique: Where we shop, where we acheter viagra eat and have fun — all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place.
  4. Reduce environmental impact: Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
  5. Create more good jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents.
  6. Get better service: Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.
  7. Invest in community: Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.
  8. Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.
  9. Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
  10. Encourage local prosperity: A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.



Hyper Local Craft Brewfest

Local Craft Brewfest 

5th Annual
- Sustainable Business Network - 

Come connect 19+ local brewers and ciders, 10+ local distillers, and local eateries that are as passionate about local food as you are. Join us for theSustainable Business Network of Massachusetts‘ (SBN) 5th Annual Local Craft Brewfest at the Moakley U.S. Courthouse, 11/21/2014 located in Fort Point on the Boston waterfront. Come taste, explore, socialize, and meet the people behind the brews. The event will showcase the most distilleries we’ve ever had–over 30 different local spirit tastings including vodka, rum, whiskey, and gin plus more than 30 local beer tastings. Bully Boy Distillers and Far From The Tree Cider will also each be launching a new product at the event!  Tickets include a delicious sampling of local food from a variety of vendors including American Flatbread, Taza Chocolate, and Vermont Smoke and Cure, as well as a special Black Box Challenge from Boston Organics with Chefs from Gourmet Caterers . While celebrating local brews, you will also savor live music by local musicians and enjoy one of Boston’s coolest places in the city. Leave your car at home, enjoy free round trip rides offered to venue by Uber for new users. More information at Eat Local. Drink Local. Be Local.

SBN’s 5th Local Craft Brewfest

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Moakley U.S. Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way, Boston 02210

Ticket price: $47 single ticket / $90 for a pair



MA Organics Waste Ban – Goes In Effect TODAY!

Why Should YOU Compost? – MA Organics Waste Ban

This summer has been abuzz about composting and organic waste diversion – in leading cities across the nation.


Today, October 1, 2014, marks the day that Massachusetts’ Commercial Organics Waste Ban goes into effect. After more than two years of planning, the day has arrived!

What does this ban have to do with YOU?

This ban is the first in the nation of its kind. It establishes regulations for commercial generators of organic and food wastes. The regulations require that any institution that generates over 1 TON (2,000lbs) of food waste per week divert the material from the landfill, and from incineration.

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The regulation will affect mainly institutions, colleges and universities, hospitals, supermarkets, hotels, nursing homes, corrections centers, and food processing/service companies. It will also affect property managers and building owners of properties where waste from multiple food-waste generating tenants/spaces (restaurants, cafes, office kitchenettes) are aggregated at a final point of waste collection.


In total, the disposal ban affects approximately 1,700 businesses and institutions. Though it does not affect smaller restaurants, cafes, office buildings (below the 2,000lb/week threshold), we are seeing A LOT of businesses gaining interest on getting ahead of the composting curve. Residents are jumping on board too!


“The food waste ban provides a win-win-win-win-win-win for residents and businesses in the Commonwealth,” said MassDEP Commissioner David W. Cash. “It will reduce waste, save money on disposal costs, create renewable energy, cut emissions from fossil fuel use, produce a rich fertilizer for farm use, and grow jobs and stimulate the economy.”

More Resources on the Organics Waste Ban: 

  1. EOEEA Press release from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs  and the Patrick administration.
  2. New MassDEP website – MANY relevant resources from the MA Department of Environmental Protection and RecyclingWorks.
  3. BioCycle Magazine article – insights on successful organic waste diversion and collection. Featuring: segment on Save That Stuff! 
  4. Boston Globe magazine article – “Massachusetts’s new composting rules: What they really mean.”


The majority of the food waste Save That Stuff collects is processed into high-quality, nutrient-rich compost at Brick Ends Farm, in Hamilton, MA. The final product is re-sold under the Kidz-B-Kidz brand, and proceeds support youth arts programing.

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One of the first steps towards diversion is to think of waste as potential RESOURCES.

Depending on how YOU divert, the food waste you dispose can support agriculture in Boston!

Help support this next step towards our One Goal. Zero Waste. 


Read more about Save That Stuff’s composting and organic waste diversion programs.

 Contact us to talk about setting up composting at your business.




VSA Massachusetts – Park(ing) Day Installation in Downtown Boston!

Parkolation The Parkolation Project is an educational program of VSA Massachusetts COOL Schools that provides opportunities for high school students to solve real world problems, creatively, by designing and building innovative public spaces such as parklets or mini parks.

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Every fall we participate in Park(ing) Day - an international day where people all over the world build temporary parklet installations to encourage society to think more imaginatively and sustainably about public space.



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This year our Parkolation students had a blast using recycled materials from Save That Stuff to create an ephemeral parklet with an underwater theme. Why? to help raise awareness about the impact of global climate change on sea levels around the world, in particular the vulnerability of our coastal city.  In this photo, Andre is creating a bottle that depicts the city of Boston’s skyline. He later filled the vessel up with water. What a powerful message!



The folks at Save that Stuff were so generous — not only did they help load up our car, they also donated some oyster shells from The Massachusetts Oyster Project which the students put to creative use. Can you find the a PEARL?

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The students engaged artfully – through designing and building this temporary space – and civically – through brave conversations with passersby about climate change, rising tides and our hope to make a positive impact by building a sustainable parklet this school year.

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Wilhelmina Peragine, Teaching Artist, VSA

Boston Green Academy – Building Community with Recycled Art and Solar-Powered Lanterns

Building BGA community with recycled art and solar-powered lanterns

Boston Green Academy celebrated Summer Reading on September 5th with an event called “Making Our Mark @ BGA.” During the summer, BGA students and staff read about people from six countries who have created electricity in innovative ways using local, recycled materials to harness solar and wind energy.

Our sixth, ninth, and tenth graders also used local, recycled materials — generously donated by Extras for Creative Reuse in Lynn and Save That Stuff in Charlestown — to create a “BGA” sign for the front foyer of the Taft Building — our new home. Thanks to expert guidance from VSA teaching artists, we have a beautiful entryway!

Meanwhile, the eleventh and twelfth graders created solar-powered lanterns with our physics and engineering teacher, Erica Wilson, and BGA Board member Chris Stokes.

Here are some photos from the day. Thanks to everyone who helped out!

Lucas Hall, Library Teacher, BGA


Boston Local Food Festival – this Sunday! Sept. 14th

imageJoin the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts for the 5th Annual Boston Local Food Festival!

The festival will take place on Sunday September, 14th from 11am to 5pm on The Rose Kennedy Greenway in Downtown Boston. This is a FREE festival, a zero waste event and New England’s largest one-day farmers market and celebration of local food!

Boston Local Food Festival features:

  • 100 vendors and sponsors from across New England including local farmers, restaurants, food trucks, fishers, specialty food producers, and food and fitness-related organizations.
  • Chef and Do-It-Yourself Demos
  • A Seafood Throwdown
  • Live Local Music
  • An interactive Family Fun Zone including health and fitness activities
  • The “50 by 60” New England Food Vision launch
  • And more!

Shop, taste, discover viagra and enjoy Boston Local Food Festival on Sunday, September 14th.

To find out more visit their website at

Social Media:@BostonLocalFood,

See you on Sunday!


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