Americans throw away about 40% of our food supply each year. When restaurants make too much food, or their customers don’t finish their meal, it goes in the trash. When you overprepare for the holidays, it goes in the trash. When food goes bad too soon, trash. But this is quite a harrowing amount of […]
Just like Thanksgiving, Christmas has its own special (and sometimes daunting) waste management challenges. After all the presents are exchanged and the dinner is finished, you have a veritable mountain of boxes, paper, and food waste. And then there’s the tree, if you got a real tree this year. It’s hard enough to get all […]
Plastic pollution is one of the biggest problems facing our environment today. Experts estimate that the average American throws away about 185 pounds of plastic each year. Plastic accounts for 10% of the total waste generated, because we use so much of it. And because plastic is non-biodegradable, it tends to stay in the environment […]
Most people want to make the world a better place in some way. It’s something we can agree on, since whatever our differences, we do all live here. But not everyone knows the best way to do it. When it comes to the environment, many find themselves faced with the largeness of the problem and […]
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year, full of quality time with family, football, and of course, delicious food. It can also be one of the most stressful times of year. Preparing for Thanksgiving is a chore. Cleaning up after Thanksgiving can often feel overwhelming. It’s not easy to keep in mind smart waste management […]
Congratulations on your new home! As you may have already noticed, owning your own home comes with plenty of other responsibilities attached. You have mortgage payments to make, and you may have remodeling or HOA regulations to contend with. You may be as busy with yardwork as with housecleaning. But one thing that you should […]
You’ve probably heard of spring cleaning, but what about fall cleaning? The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) actually recommends that you do a major cleanse twice a year: once in the spring and once in the fall. In those six months between seasons, you’re sure to have built up plenty of clutter that’s started to make […]
To “upcycle” something is to reuse it in such a way that makes it more valuable to you than it was before. If something is about to go into the trash, just about anything would be more valuable than it is to you at that moment.