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Queens Reuse Center

3-17 26th Ave. Astoria, NY
718-777-0132
queens@bignyc.org

Brooklyn Reuse Center

69 9th St. Gowanus, NY
718-725-8925
brooklyn@bignyc.org

Open Everyday!

Mon-Fri 10am-6pm
& Sat-Sun 10am-5pm

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BIG! Compost

has diverted 267,230 lbs of food scraps and given away 159,240 lbs of compost and 49,620 lbs of mulch in 2013.

Donate, don't dump!

In 2013, BIG!NYC diverted over 4,000,000 lbs of usable building materials from the landfill!

BIG!Blooms

has given away 5,345 pieces of retired lumber to build 2,226 garden beds in over 1,269 community and school gardens.

BIG!Gives Back

has given away $300,000 worth of materials benefiting NYC's community and environment.

Our diversion rate reduces climate change emission by 3,200 MTCOE which is like saving 360,000 gallons of gasoline.

New Vendor Confirmed for Crafted at the Canal: Coil + Drift

Spotted frequently at Build It Green!NYC is John Sorensen-Jolink, owner of Coil + Drift, a one-man company that makes furniture from reuse materials. His tables, desks, and shelves can be spotted in homes and industries across the city, each made to order with salvaged lumber or metal. A long-time builder and tinkerer, he believes in finding the beauty in old materials and expressing that to make something new-- and the new pieces that he makes are proving to be popular.

John applies his training as a dancer and choreographer to his construction; using his spatial awareness to influence his designs. His pieces emphasize color and negative space, and are more often than not multi-use; a dining room table with adjustable legs can be shortened to a coffee table as needed, while that same design can be made to a kitchen island or desk with ease. He believes that the fewer pieces of furniture we as a society need, the more sustainable we can be, whether in cozy city apartments that may not have any room to spare or out in the more spacious countryside. He aims for "industrial sophistication" with his pieces, which are done by commission using whatever reclaimed or salvaged materials he can get. His latest project had him at Build It Green!NYC for a reclaimed church pew, which will eventually end up in two different shelving units and a desk.

UPDATE: Coil + Drift will be a vendor at BIG!NYC's Crafted at the Canal event on Friday, December 7th from 6-10pm and Saturday, December 8th from 10am-5pm. John plans to debut his new line of Porter Bicycle Crates! Be sure to check him out at the fair!