Are you looking for an alternative way to reduce waste? Rochester Greenovation is the place for you. Rochester Greenovation’s mission is to strengthen local communities through environmentally conscious initiatives, waste diversion, and education. Rochester Greenovation has been in existance for three years and is an all volunteer based organization with about 12 vendors who rent space to sell their repurposed or upcycled merchandise. They accept donations of almost anything, some of which are then sold for reuse and the rest are recycled. This organization strives to educate and promote the endless possibilities that arise from reusing materials and transforming them into new products. This is done through a program they offer called Sustainable Saturdays. Sustainable Saturdays originally started on Earth Day, but because everyday should be earth day it now held on the 2nd Saturday of every month at Rochester Greenovation, 1199 East Main Street. Rochester, NY 14609. This is an opportunity for community members to learn and participate through education and networking how one can renew, rebuild, and reduce the amount of waste generated by creating something new. Local artists come and demonstrate how materials can be upcycled. Upcycling is taking materials that would otherwise be thrown away and then utilizing those materials to create something new. This is just one example of the type of workshops that are held during Sustainability Saturdays. There also a number of food vendors and environmental groups that participate in this program tabling and offering sustainable tips and information. So the next time you think about throwing something away that is either broken or unwanted, think about donating it to Rochester Greenovation to be reused and repurposed into something new.
Written by Fazeelah Chappell