Sunday, February 19, 2012

Trash to Treasure on your Smartphone

   As an artist I am always looking for materials to incorporate into my work. I scan for coupons, check free cycle and look on the "free" section of craigslist. This is all very time consuming and lets face it, sometimes dumpster diving just has too much of an "ice" factor. What's an artist to do?
   Meet CORA. Cora is a mobile app that will help trash become treasure. You can browse for items that you want or you can post items that you want to get rid of. If you just want to find a recycling center for those damn energy efficient light bulbs....well, CORA can do that too. CORA is more than just a trash to treasure trade. With CORA you can cash in on your goods,  figure out what DIY project you can do with leftover tin cans, connect with your community, move to "zero waste" and much more.
   CORA was founded by Liesl and Rebecca Rockefeller after a trip to the beach and a nasty run in with gobs of plastic waste. Both wanted to deal with waste from a point beyond just picking of the trash.
   CORA is seeking funding through Kickstarter and you can make a pledge here. If all goes well, beta testing will begin (and we are very excited to be part of the beta testing!). Check back and we'll let you know how it goes....but if we see anything cool, we call Dibs....

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