Save A Sample! will be held April 4-6, 2017. Register Today!


February 16, 2017– Calling all designers! Dust off those unused samples, it’s time to recycle!
Save A Sample!, a non-profit recycling drive, makes it easy (and fun!) for designers to donate materials and samples to local design students. Save A Sample! takes place each year throughout the USA and Canada saving “tons” of materials from landfill.’s Save A Sample! announces Perkins + Will as this year’s Design Firm Partner, Crossville as a new sponsor (Silver) and welcomes back Wilsonart, Arborite (Platinum) and Formica® Brand (Gold) as returning national sponsors. “Perkins+Will is proud to support the sustainable practices of Save A Sample!,” confirmed John Sadlon, Principal at Perkins+Will. “We’re committed to building greater awareness within our profession, and to inspiring young designers who will become future leaders in our industry. We hope that design firms across North America will join us for this important initiative.”  Arborite Marketing Manager Teresa Gentile noted, “Arborite and Wilsonart, as companies on the cutting edge of design, are constantly producing fresh collections and sending out new samples. Through Save a Sample!, we are able to ensure that outdated materials go to a good home, exposing design students to these fantastic products as well as reducing waste and unused material.” “This is our sixth consecutive year supporting Save a Sample!, and we couldn’t be more excited to see its continual growth,” affirmed Mark Kieckhafer, Director, Specification Sales, Wilsonart. “Minimizing our eco-footprint and providing support for the future of the A&D community are two causes we’re passionate about, and love seeing both come together so seamlessly through this program.”  “Formica® Brand is proud of our ongoing partnership with Save a Sample! and our shared commitment to keeping obsolete samples out of landfills. The program is a great win for the environment and for everyone involved – manufacturer’s, architecture and design firms and students,” asserted Amy Gath, Vice President of Marketing at Formica® Brand. Crossville’s Vice President of Marketing, Lindsay Waldrep revealed, “As the porcelain tile industry’s leader
in sustainability, discarded samples heading into landfills are a concern for us. Crossville is delighted to join Save a Sample! in their efforts to get these materials into the hands of the next generation of designers, furthering the life of the sample and education of the student. This program, along with our Tile Take Back initiatives, goes a long way towards increasing the impact we have with great spaces while lessening the impact we have on our environment.” “We are delighted to welcome Perkins + Will as a Save A Sample! partner,” declared Suzanne Swift, Save A Sample!’s Founder and President of “and are grateful for the support of great companies like Arborite, Wilsonart, Formica and Crossville who are committed to sustainability and the growth of young designers.”

Save A Sample! 2017 takes place April 4-6 in 10 cities throughout the United States (Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Diego, Washington DC and Wilmington DE). School sign up runs through February 28th. Furniture dealer sign up begins January 9th and design firm registration starts February 12th. If you are interested in joining us as a Save A Sample! national, city sponsor or prize sponsor please contact our coordinator, Donna Heaney.

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