Trevor Kruse

Sample recycling drive helps design students

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Save A Sample!, a non-profit, North American recycling drive, will take place September 18-19 in five cities: Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

The drive encourages designers to donate materials and samples to local design schools, which redirects “tons” of materials from landfills into the hands of talented students.

Every year, Save A Sample! creates a second life for unused brochures, fabrics and finish cards. Over the years, thousands of pounds of materials have been donated by some of the country’s busiest design firms. Materials are delivered to local design schools with the help of local furniture dealers. As a result, talented students have richer resources to choose from during the year.’s Save A Sample! Canada 2019 welcomes back Formica as this year’s national sponsor.

“Last year’s Save A Sample! Project was a real success and we’re pleased to renew our collaboration. Supporting the next generation of designers and protecting the environment are two core values for Formica Canada and we are very proud to participate in the Save A Sample! Initiative, which combines the two. We wish the best to this new edition,” says Christelle Locat-Rainville, marketing director at Formica Canada Inc.

Suzanne Swift, Save A Sample!’s founder and president of, notes that Save A Sample! design firms and schools count on the support of companies like Formica “who are committed to both the environment and the growth of tomorrow’s designers.”

To sign up for this year’s event, visit .

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