... is there a way we could donate testing materials i.e. Cardboard, plastics.
I cut up what is disposed of as garbage. I looked into many years ago into buying actual materials but I decided against it for a number of reasons :
-I cut up a tremendous amount of material
-the raw cost of the material
-the disposal of the waste
The cost is a factor because lets say instead of using those screw ties I bought actual zip-ties then it would cost $50 in raw material just to look at those two finishes (mainly because of how often I repeat something just to make sure). If I want to look at other finishes it costs $25 for each one. Therefore I either spend $100 on zip-ties or I spent $100 on two stones and use them as part of a further experiment and I just use screw ties as I get then randomly.
As well, while I am not as extreme as many, I don't like the idea of buying something just for the sake of turning it into garbage. All of the material I cut has already been selected for disposal and by cutting it up a lot of the time this is avoided but at worse case scenario I didn't make any more garbage.
I appreciate the offer but would ask that if you wanted to help the best way is to review/offer feedback. While I am fairly careful, and often very critical of what I do, anyone doing work is going to be biased in many respects so independent commentary is always of use and much of what I do comes from questions/commentary.