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The Fabrics of Our Lives

Americans are fashion conscious. Particularly, they like to buy new clothes. There is even a term, “retail therapy,” that is often...

Junk Mail

Junk mail. Its very name implies something that we don’t want or need. I know at our house, it tends to make up the majority of the mail...

Redefining Trash 2020!

Been holding onto your dreams of a Mondale presidency and are finally ready to let go? Or, more likely, you may have some signs from our...

Sponge Alternatives

Sponges. We all use them, from cleaning pots and pans to other household chores. But did you know that many sponges contain plastic? They...

The quickest picker upper...

I grew up having paper towels handy for many uses, especially in the kitchen. Wash your hands; dry with a paper towel. Spill on the...

Eating in and staying green

It is hard for all of us to be thinking about the environment during the pandemic, which is why I have not posted very much. But as a...

Earth Day at Home

Today’s Earth Day will rank among the most unusual, not because we are celebrating the 50th anniversary but primarily due to a virus....

Recycling the "unrecyclable"

I have reviewed TerraCycle’s partnership with Subaru and TerraCycle’s free recycling programs in recent posts. Perhaps my favorite...

More free options from TerraCycle

In a prior post about TerraCycle, I explored the partnership between Subaru and TerraCycle that allows for a number of items to be...

Year-end Reflection

As 2019 comes to a close, I wanted to reflect on the first year of this blog and what I learned throughout the year. When I started this...

Let's wrap it up!

As we gear up for the holidays, we can add to the joy of the season (or at least the joy of the earth) by thinking green! As this article...

A free "treat" from Subaru & TerraCycle

My newest opportunity to redefine and reduce waste comes courtesy of Subaru and TerraCycle. Subaru was the first manufacturing facility...

"Eliminating the Idea of Waste"®

One company has made great strides in helping people move towards a zero-waste state: TerraCycle.  This company single-handedly has...

Everybody poops

So many of us love our cats and dogs like family members, but we may not think about their impact on the environment, specifically what...

Good vs. Bad

Good vs. Bad. Not in the Super Friends vs. the Legion of Doom kind of way, but how my view of composting has evolved over time. As I...

Turn, Turn, Turn

If you’ve decided to significantly reduce your household waste by composting (congrats!), you need more information about where to put...

How much kitchen waste a year?

What makes composting such a powerful waste reduction technique? For starters, the average household produces more than 200 pounds of...

# 1 Waste Reduction Technique

When considering all the things people can do to decrease waste, I'd be remiss if I didn't discuss composting. While composting is not as...

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