Sophia Bennett is a freelance writer based in Eugene, OR. Her work has been featured in more than a dozen magazines, newspapers and blogs. She is a dedicated home recycler, an avid thrift store shopper and a huge compost nerd.

Sophia's other professional experience include six years with the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, an internationally recognized leader in the field of nonprofit waste-based business development, and a year as an economic development and recycling coordinator in the U.K. She's volunteered with the Oregon State University Extension Service Compost Specialist program and Willamette Farm and Food Coalition. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, crafts, gardening and spending time with her husband and twin daughters.

  • How to Recycle Common Thanksgiving Items

    November 26, 2015

    We review good ways to recycle or reuse things like cooking pans and utensils, tablecloths, decorations and ceramic plates.

    • How to Recycle Purses

      November 20, 2015

      Purses are a hard item to recycle. When it comes time to dispose of your old purse for any reason, look into options for reusing or even upcycling it.

      • How to recycle plastic storage bins

        November 17, 2015

        Regardless of size or composition, most plastic storage bins have one thing in common: they are hard to recycle.

        • How to Recycle Halloween Decorations

          November 2, 2015

          Halloween is over and now you’re stuck with a bunch of plastic skeletons, jack-o-lanterns and spiders webs. How can you safely dispose of them?

          • How to Recycle Halloween Costumes

            October 30, 2015

            Tomorrow is the big day – Halloween! But on Sunday, what do you do with your now lonely costume? What you don’t do is throw it away!

            • How to Recycle Computer and Television Cables

              October 26, 2015

              That pile of computer and TV cables you have piling up can – and should – be recycled. Read on to find out how.

              • How to Recycle Pens

                October 23, 2015

                Pens are one of those items that seem to have become unnecessarily disposable. Read on to find out how you can reuse or recycle your writing tools.

                • How to Recycle Blinds

                  October 19, 2015

                  When it’s time to discard your old blinds, there are steps you need to take before putting them in the recycling bin.

                  • How to Recycle Curtains

                    October 16, 2015

                    You may have had them hanging out for a dozen years or only one (and just not like the look of them), but curtains don’t have to be trashed.

                    • How to Recycle Hats

                      October 12, 2015

                      Some hats are relatively easy to recycle (ahem, hard hats), while others may take a bit of creativity to reuse. Read on for answers and ideas ….