Film Biz Recycling

January 27, 2012 |  Category:   nyc outings

I do believe that Film Biz Recycling might be one of Brooklyn’s best hidden secrets for treasure hunting. And that’s exactly what we did when I went on a field trip with Claudine’s kindergarten class last week to visit the business of one of her classmate’s parents. We walked over to the 11,000 square foot giant warehouse from school and we split into groups of 4 with a list in hand for a scavenger hunt!


Film Biz Recycling’s mission is simple: to create socially responsible and sustainable solutions from media industry waste. So what does this mean, exactly? Eva Radke, who used to work in the film industry, founded her non-profit business to divert the tons of materials from being discarded into dumpsters by the film and television industry. This includes furniture, props, books, clothes, glassware, signage, lighting – pretty much anything and everything you can think of that has been used on a set or a shoot. A good portion, about 60%, gets donated to charities. All the items remaining in the warehouse can be rented out as props for a shoot, or even for something like a party if you need extra dinnerware for a night. And everything that you see here? FOR SALE (and I just saw that everything is 50% off this weekend).


But as fun as the Film Biz Recycling and Prop Shop looks – and it is, as you can see from the photos of our recent field trip – Eva is doing something extraordinary to give back to the community while saving all this treasure from going to waste. The space is also used for workshops, performances and as an art gallery. It’s mind-boggling when you look around to think of all this stuff in a landfill when it can be reused and recycled. Plus where else can you find a 4 foot diameter disco ball, sidewalk newspaper dispensers, vintage Hello Kitty Pez dispensers, and tiaras all in the same space?

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  • Lauri January 27, 2012 at 10:29 am

    How amazing. If only I wasn’t a world away. Ugh.

  • Jen January 27, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Incredible. It’s like one big huge treasure box.

  • Atsuko January 27, 2012 at 11:05 am

    So amazing! It is an incredible idea. I would definitely visit when I return to the East Coast this year. I already can imagine I would leave with full of items in my hands. Did you buy anything for yourself?

  • Sue January 27, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Wow, that place looks amazing!

  • diamondkelt January 27, 2012 at 11:31 am

    It’s sad to think how much we waste because it’s just used once :( But that place looks AWESOME and is such a great idea! Also I read somewhere that most kids growing up today won’t know what a typewriter sounds like. I kinda miss that familiar “ding”.

  • Eve January 27, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I want Claudine’s hairstyle!! #rad

  • Lia January 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I wish I was 9 again inside such a place!! Like stepping inside grandma’s attic to find dress up treasures!

  • Jenna January 27, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    @Atsuko no, not with a class full of 24 five year olds. But I want to go back this weekend!

  • Sora January 27, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I really hope something like this exists in L.A. What a great field trip. Loving Claudine’s leg warmers (or are they boots?).

  • Jenna January 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    @Sora I really hope something like that exists in LA too. Think about all the stuff! C is wearing leg warmers. It was a rare cold day that day. Back to 60 degrees today. What a weird winter!

  • Jen January 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    This is my kind of fun. Definitely will check this out on my next NY visit. Agree, we all have to do our part in recucing waste. And damn, when I was Claudine’s age, my field trips consisted of going to the play area of McDonald’s. Your daughters are having such a rich experience growing up in NY.

  • gia January 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Oh that colored glassware makes me so happy! Some day I want to load up with items like that. Probably best to choose a color, probably blues because I love them. And get all varieties of shapes and sizes and put them all out for any celebration. Just daydreaming, don’t mind me… :)

  • Procrastamom January 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I think something like this exists in Vancouver (Hollywood North!), but I don’t think it has the awesome selection that yours does. I will have to have a better look. I nearly booked a plane ticket to New York just to check out that glassware!

  • A.Co January 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm


    This is SUCH a cool place, the photos alone make me want to travel down to Brooklyn to check it out. But also, I’m in Ontario and it’d be a bit of a drive 😉 I did, however, share the link with another blogger from the area.

    Very cool, and a great idea for a field trip!

  • Jennelle January 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Why can’t I be in New York right now!?! I need that globe! Wow, what an awesome place. I’m glad to know that such a responsible and caring business like Eva’s exists.

  • Diane January 27, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    fabulous! thanks for sharing this.

  • Jasmine January 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    It looks so amazing! Must have been so interesting to browse through everything.

  • Cheryl January 28, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    brilliant. love the sparkly shoes.

  • ninja January 29, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Holy smokes … thanks so much for sharing! Must check this out right away.

  • Meghann Chapman January 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Thank God I like states and states away from such a land. My wallet would be empty when I left.

  • Hanna January 30, 2012 at 11:58 am

    What a fantastic idea for a field trip — Love the rainbow of pitchers/vases!

  • Lily Chalmers January 31, 2012 at 12:29 am

    I wanna go! What a great idea for a business and so fantastic to take a class trip there!

  • Kori February 1, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I want to go to there! I’d love to get lost amidst all that fun stuff!

  • jodi February 6, 2012 at 10:27 am

    i saw this on the nate berkus show a few weeks ago, which made me want to check it out. and now your post makes me really, really want to go. like, right now.