Thanksgiving Recycling and Composting

Thanksgiving is almost upon us! Here is a quick possible checklist for Thanksgiving recycling and composting! Obviously this will be for anything not eaten or washed (if reusable)! Please use the results to determine how you want to begin! When shopping consider if an item will be recyclable, compostable, or trashed. Turkey Wrapper goes in…

Updating Furniture

Instead of buying a new piece of furniture, consider giving your current furniture a facelift. Slipcovers, pillow covers, decorative pillows, blankets artistically draped, paint, new hardware, new accents, all these things can be used to give a new life to pieces you already own. Here are some examples of a quick color change. My couch’s…

Amazon Mailers

There’s been some confusion with the Amazon mailers so I’m going to clarify how to handle each one. This is Amazon’s first mailer. It’s a yellow paper envelope lined in clear plastic bubble wrap. It’s a composite/mixed material and difficult to separate. It goes in the trash. This is Amazon’s second mailer, the “environmentally friendly…

Scrub a dub dub: Kitchen Scrubbers

More environmentally friendly kitchen scrub options Most kitchen sponges or scrubbing items are made of oddly shaped plastic, a combination of soft and hard plastics, or a combination of different materials which make them difficult to separate and/or recycle. Unless you are going to purchase the TerraCycle Kitchen Separation Zero Waste Box most of these…

Egg Cartons

The question of what to do with egg cartons comes up a lot so I wanted to address it here. Paper egg cartons without egg goo are “best and highest use” in recycling carts. “Best and highest use” will give the carton several future lives as additional paper products until the paper fibers become so…