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Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare + Sustainability? Sounds like a great theme for a future event.

There’s endless talk about ‘green this’ and ‘green that’, being sustainable, not to mention reusing, recycling, down-cycling, repurposing; forsooth! Learning about sustainability can be confusing, even daunting. It can lead one into eco-paralysis; on the surface it all seems too much. Actually, it’s all about…nothing.

In non-technical uses, the word nothing denotes a thing lacking importance, interest, value, relevance or significance – defined as ‘no thing’.

Now in our seventh year of doing, it’s through sheer determination, the generosity of many, and the business decisions of innovative leaders in industry – manufacturing, real estate, architecture and design – that we’re able to continue our good work.

“Nothing is impossible; the word itself says ‘I’m possible,’” so wisely observed by Audrey Hepburn. Our mission and vision are dedicated to building an asset network of surplus that provides an encore to be shared with those in our community, providing well-being and a variety of jobs that strengthen public services as diverse as local fire and police stations, senior citizen centers, public radio stations and homeless shelters.

We are educating through action, with a focus on raising awareness about ‘nothing’ going to landfill without first being given simple consideration as a thing.

If we pledge to a future where no thing will go to landfill without first being considered for use by others, then nothing lacks importance, interest, value, relevance or significance – nothing can make a difference in the world and does every day, thanks to all those who understand our passion for making much ado about nothing.

Rose Tourje, Founder
ANEW