Arborite, a manufacturer of high-pressure laminate, and Wilsonart, a manufacturer of decorative engineered surfaces for more than 50 years, announced their combined sponsorship at the platinum level of the Save a Sample! program. Save a Sample! provides a second life for unused brochures, samples, fabrics and finish cards by delivering them to design schools and students for use in their projects and design work. Arborite and Wilsonart’s combined platinum-level sponsorship aids Save a Sample! in its mission to continue to help budding designers, as well as the environment.
“Arborite and Wilsonart, as companies on the cutting edge of design, are constantly producing fresh collections and sending out new samples,” says Teresa Gentile, marketing director at Arborite. “Through Save a Sample!, we are able to ensure that outdated materials go to a good home, exposing design students to these fantastic products, as well as reducing waste and unused material.”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 Arborite’s first year participating in the Save a Sample! program, which recently expanded to Canada in 2014. Wilsonart has supported the program for more than five years.
“Wilsonart and Arborite are brands for whom sustainability and environmental awareness is always top-of-mind,” says Suzanne Swift, Save a Sample! founder. “This is a natural partnership for us and we’re excited to expand to the Canadian market with their support.”
Save a Sample! creates a second life for unused design materials. Over the years, thousands of pounds of materials have been donated to the program by some of the busiest design firms. Materials are delivered to design schools with the help of furniture dealers. As a result, talented students have a much richer set of resources to choose from as they grow their design skills.