(Philadelphia, PA) – Packing materials, shampoo bottles, corks and camping tents.
These are just some of the raw materials Moore College of Art & Design students will use to create functional art as part of a campus-wide recycling project, MOOREcycle, on April 24, 2014, the same week as Earth Day.
For the third year in a row, Moore is partnering with the Trenton-based TerraCycle, one of the fastest-growing green companies in the world, on the project. TerraCycle converts trash into a wide variety of useful products and materials for major retailers. The company donated raw materials, such as potato chip wrappers, to Moore students to repurpose, or “upcycle” in class for their own art and design assignments.
The College was able to partner with TerraCycle thanks to the connection made by Moore alumna Lori Anselm ’87, a Textile Design major who is a senior product and accessories designer with the company.
“My hope, in working with Moore, is to create an awareness among current art and design students of the end life of what they are designing,” Anselm said. “Sustainability and the future of the products we design has become an important factor in design education.”
More than 60 first-year Foundation students are participating in MOOREcycle, creating art in keeping with the theme of “containers” or “containment.”
“The theme is open to interpretation so we get a lot of different types of items,” said Emily Johnson, Assistant Dean of Students. “Last year, some students made a vase or a box or an article of clothing. The faculty likes the theme because they can make it literal or conceptual.”
The culmination of MOOREcycle will be a free public event on April 24, 2014, from 11 am – 2 pm on Race Street, in front of the College at 20th Street and The Parkway. Student creations will be on display and there will be lunch, a dunk tank, free popcorn and snow cones.
“The works on display will be a visual tribute to recycling and creating a more sustainable environment and working space,” said Lynn Palewicz, chair of Foundation.
Watch a video about TerraCycle here
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Moore College of Art & Design educates students for careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's student-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers ten bachelor of fine arts degrees for women. Coeducational graduate programs were launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, continuing education programs for professional adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Young Artists Workshop for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit www.moore.edu.