CLEVELAND - A local effort to reduce, reuse and recycle has gone nationwide.
“I call it the eHarmony of by-products,” said Jeff Krejci, Zero Landfill.
However, it’s a different kind of romance. It's one that’s based on recycling materials from local architectural firms.
"I was seeing all the stuff they were throwing out and I kept thinking to myself there’s a better way,” said Krejci.
Krejci, along with two others, came up with that better way in 2003 by creating Zero Landfill.
“It gets a little intense from time-to-time,” said Katie Hauser, Zero Landfill Volunteer.
That's because everything at a Zero Landfill event is free.
“You definitely start to see people shark around as new things come in,” said Mary Beth Filon, Zero Landfill Shopper.
There is no shortage of materials on donation days. The List stumbled upon a lot of three-ring binders, glass, ceramic, and laminate chips.
Volunteers collect those materials that some might see as trash, but others see it as a gold mine.
“Maybe to the non-creative person it just looks like trash," said Hauser. "But you get an artist in here and they can piece all this stuff together to really make something.”
So far. this program has diverted more than 1-million pounds of materials away from the landfill and into the arms of educators and crafters.
"Really frightening to think of what we’re throwing away even 5-years ago,” said Krejci.
“It goes beyond classrooms, which yes is great, but now it’s kind of being marketed as this designer couture type of goods,” said Hauser.
CLEVELAND SWEATS IT OUT AT SPYNGA
Spinning and yoga are popular ways to break a sweat. And now, a fitness facility in Cleveland combines both in one class.
“We’re the first ones in the states,” said Spynga Flows owner Carina Adams.
Spynga Flows, in Coventry, offers spinning and yoga back-to-back.
“Immediately, not two hours or three hours later we go right to the mat,” said Adams.
The benefit of this workout is in the balance, a hard routine followed by something mellow, which allows you to stretch out and prevent injuries.
“It’s also good for the mind and the soul, too,” added Adams.
As this craze continues to grow, we may soon see more Spynga locations popping up.
"There’s some talks in the works,” said Adams.