Save a Sample! 2016 Goes Global

Save A Sample

Calling all designers! Dust off those unused samples, it’s time to recycle! With spring cleaning just around the corner, Save A Sample!’s annual industry recycling drive is coming up fast!

This year’s event, sponsored by, Wilsonart (Platinum), Arborite (Platinum), Formica (Gold), and AIA, ASID, IIDA, SMPS and USGBC local chapters, will take place from April 5-7, 2016 in eleven cities around the country.  Designers donate their unneeded materials to local design schools giving students a professional set of resources to work with, keeping tons of materials out of landfill.

“Save A Sample! offers our students access to the newest architectural materials and finish products available,” says Linda O’Shea, Design Chair at Kean University. “I have seen a great improvement in terms of creativity, innovation, and imagination on student materials and finishes boards since being involved in this wonderful program. It is like Christmas morning in the design studios when the Save A Sample! boxes arrive at our school!”

“Save a Sample cleverly finds desirable dwellings for our unwanted extra finish samples, makes us happily go through and pack up our library clutter while feeling good about providing inspirational material for the next generation of designers.  It’s a win-win for all!” said Yasaman Hoorazar, a designer from IA.

This year Save A Sample! expands its sustainable mission outside the USA.  “We’re going global!”, reveals Suzanne Swift, Save A Sample!’s Founder and President of is the industry’s first web portal for design industry information and the home of Virtual Library, a Best of NeoCon GOLD award winner. “This fall, Canadian designers will have the opportunity to donate their materials to design schools and their students.”

Save A Sample! 2016 will take place in eleven (11) design markets: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington DC. and Wilmington.

Deadline to sign up is March 4th. If you already signed up, THANK YOU! Pick up schedules will be sent out soon.

In addition to recycling materials, Save A Sample! also raises scholarship money for design schools, hosts the Save A Sample! student hand drawing competition and awards prizes to top design firm participants. To learn more about Save A Sample!, visit

For more information or to bring Save A Sample! to your city, contact Donna Heaney at 212-352-2002 Ext. 11 or email at

Save A Sample!, PO Box 340, Great Neck, NY 11022