Talking Trash...Earth Day and Every Day

The Goddess of Garbage never takes out the trash. From recycling to upcycling to green design, this dumpster diving diva and award-winning interior designer does it all. Whether it's designing a complete interior with recycled items, making decorative art, unique gifts or useful house items, the Goddess makes recycling easy, inexpensive and fun.

San Francisco, CA, April 2012

It’s a trashy life… But “the goddess of garbage” loves it.

Carol Tanzi’s recycle and reuse ideas are eco-chic and almost free.

Carol Tanzi, ASID, a.k.a. The Goddess of Garbage, is an award-winning interior designer in the San Francisco Bay Area obsessed with recycling and designing with trash. She has been at the forefront of the recycling movement for more than two decades. And, in this economy, when people can’t afford to buy new home furnishings and nice gifts, her message is coming through loud and clear, making The Goddess of Garbage the go-to expert.

She has received national recognition for using recycled materials and re-use items to create attractive and appealing home and office décor, furniture and accessories and for her dedication to teaching people, including children, how easy it is to recycle and re-use almost anything.

Carol Tanzi’s Crafty Projects Have Green Style

With consumerism on the wane, and environmental consciousness on the rise, Carol’s eco-friendly and thrifty ideas perfectly match the green shift in our culture. Her do-it-yourself projects are attractive and useful, while encouraging scaling back and returning to a more sensible waste not, want not outlook on life.

You can see the Goddess at work at
Check out the stylish stools made from discarded tire rims, tables made from trashed radiators, and desk sets crafted from old cans. Her projects are easy for anyone to do, proving that you are never too young or too old to recycle.

Dumpster Diving, Yard Sales, and a Space Only a Hoarder Could Love

Carol is energetic and enthusiastic, and a dumpster-diver who can’t resist a yard sale, thrift shop or pile of curbside trash. Her storage space and office, crammed with finds for projects, would scare a neatnick, but The Goddess of Garbage is on a mission. Her goal is to educate, inform and show the world a new way to recycle and reuse. She wants to change the way people think about trash, one dumpster at a time.

“I don’t create anything I wouldn’t want to have in my own office or home. I get huge satisfaction from rescuing castoffs that would otherwise end up in a landfill,” Carol says.

Carol is dedicated to teaching children about recycling. Her dream is that the younger generation will make green living a way of life.

The Goddess of Garbage is a bundle of energy with a quick wit and infectious zeal for her work. A great interview for Earth Day, Earth Month or any day.

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