When is composting better than recycling ?

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017 by

Madeleine Somerville June 9, 2016 It’s a testament to our increased awareness of waste management and environmental issues that we now often have several options at hand when it comes to getting rid of things that have outlived their purpose — reuse, recycling, composting, repurposing and upcycling all come to mind.  Batteries, bottles, orange peels — […]

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Tips for Starting a Home Composting System

Posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 by

What Is Composting? Composting is the process of taking natural organic material, such as eggshells, coffee grounds, grass trimmings, and banana peels, and placing it in a bin, then encouraging it to break down over time into a nutrient-rich fertilizer that can be used on your lawn and garden. Composting at Home State of Composting […]

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Meet the Incredible People Who Are Turning Plastic Bags Into Mats to Help the Homeless

Posted on Thursday, December 29th, 2016 by

Karen Lower has found a way to make crocheting cool – and waterproof! She always loved to crochet but when she saw people crocheting with old plastic bags on Facebook, she had a brilliant idea. Why not make mats for the homeless out of plastic bags? She immediately reached out to Buffalo’s Good Neighbors, a […]

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Repurposed MATERIALS

Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 by

First off, what is “repurposing”?  Here is a 2 minute video, from Founder and President Damon Carson, explaining what the excitement is all about! What is repurposing?  It is taking a byproduct or waste stream such as a retired street sweeper brush and giving it a 2nd life as a backscratcher for horses or […]

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Grandmas Use Discarded Plastic Bags To Make Beds For The Homeless

Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2016 by

You might not think much of those plastic shopping bags you’ve been hoarding in the kitchen, but a group of resourceful older women in Tennessee are putting this item to good use by helping the homeless. Meet “The Bag Ladies.” These women from Union City found each other around two years ago at church and […]

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How To Tell If You Can Recycle Something

Posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 by

Follow these six rules of recycling below and you’ll have your own green routine in no time. 1. Every area has different recycling procedures. Know what yours are. Recycling procedures vary from city to city and state to state, and can determine everything from what you can recycle (plastic, paper, etc.), to how to separate […]

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Coffeemaker repurposes used grounds to grow fresh mushrooms

Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2016 by

As it turns out, the concept of using spent coffee grounds as a substrate for mushroom farming isn’t new. The used grounds—an abundant resource in university districts, creative urban centers, and in pretty much every American household—are basically the perfect material for growing mushrooms. Coffee grounds from cafés are ideal, because the forced steam of […]

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Beru Kids uses leftover textiles to make cute children’s clothes

Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 by

Beru Kids is an ethical children’s clothing company that manufacturers its adorable designs in a factory downtown Los Angeles. The garment workers are mostly female and are paid higher than minimum wage (not per-garment, as is usual in the fashion industry). What’s really interesting about Beru is that it repurposes deadstock fabrics to make its […]

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Leaf Dinnerware to Replace Plastic and Styrofoam

Posted on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 by

A University in Thailand has spent the past year developing a new type of waterproof bowl made of leaves. The women behind this leaf dinnerware felt called to design a replacement for Styrofoam when they saw large amounts of trash at a Temple in their country. The bowls they make are certainly beautiful, and […]

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Kansas City resident KC EarthKid is taking to the streets to save the planet

Posted on Friday, May 13th, 2016 by

Fed up with the job market not serving the community and the amount of waste we use, a Kansas City resident decides to put on a cape, and take the streets as a super hero to address something important. Recycling! With their recycle bin and cape, Misty Ballew (also known as KC Earth Kid) […]

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