Tracy Farnsworth went straight from a business track in high school to a full-time job in mortgage banking in Burlington, Vermont. After having children, she built a freelance career in content writing and took online classes as time allowed. She completed Social Media Marketing and Digital Marketing certificate programs with Ireland's online Shaw Academy and completed several courses in SEO and analytics. In her free time, she's the “mom” to a very clingy rat terrier, and the pair walk at least a mile every day. She's also a novice baker who is trying to master the art of sourdough bread.

  • Could Bacteria Be the Key to Solving Plastic Recycling Headaches?

    October 26, 2020

    Think about the plastics in your home. You likely have several different kinds of the seven most common plastics in your cupboards and closets. From plastic juice bottles to detergent containers, your home has a lot of plastic in some stage of use. Once it’s empty, what happens? It’s just as likely that your waste […]

    • 5 Tips For More Sustainable Home Lighting

      October 21, 2020

      In an older home, lighting fixtures are a leading cause of poor lighting, high electricity bills, and household waste. Whether it’s a stormy day and too dark to keep the lights off or it’s late at night and the sun set hours ago, you need the lights on, but it also drives up your electricity […]

      • Futuristic Recycling Ideas That Could Be Reality By 2050

        October 14, 2020

        The recycling industry has seen so many changes over the decades. As early as the late-1800s, men were going from one home to the next looking for worn-out clothing. Why? Companies bought the “rags” to turn them into paper and hired men to collect those rags. This was just the beginning. Every decade, recycling advances. […]

        • The Importance of Battery Recycling For Our Future

          September 21, 2020

          What do you do when your batteries are dead? How do you get rid of rechargeable electronics when they no longer hold a charge? Battery recycling is mandated in many areas, but consumers don’t always understand the process. If your hauler tells you not to put batteries in your recycling bin, you probably think they […]

          • Changing Fashions Cause Problems When It Comes to Recycling But There’s a Better Way

            September 16, 2020

            Do you wear clothing until it’s threadbare and falling apart? Or, are you the type of person who wears an outfit until it is out of style? There’s nothing wrong with being fashionable, but it can lead to a lot of trash if you don’t recycle clothing properly. That’s where the problem lies. Few districts […]

            • What Is Closed-Loop/Circular Economy Recycling?

              September 10, 2020

              What are the differences between circular and linear economies? With linear economics, items are used once. Everything in a linear economy is single-use. Circular economics improves upon that by taking items and using them as many times as possible. Closed-loop recycling goes hand in hand with a circular economy by reusing items instead of using […]

              • Surprising Facts – Tarps and Other Plastics Take Longer to Decompose Than You Might Imagine

                August 31, 2020

                How far back does plastics recycling go? The first recycling center to accept household plastics goes back to the early 1970s. Pennsylvania started plastics recycling, and there have been advancements over the years. Curbside pick-up started in the 1980s. Rhode Island made plastics recycling mandatory in 1986. By 1990, Coca-Cola was using some recycled plastic […]

                • A Look Inside a Recycling Plant – How Your Items Get Sorted and Recycled

                  August 25, 2020

                  Recycling is a process where you take items made of a specific material, break it down, and reuse it in some way. The metal can that you rinsed you gets sorted and crushed with thousands of other cans to be processed, melted, and reused. Together, they get melted down and turned into new cans. Paper […]

                  • During COVID-19 Outbreak, Cities Slash Recycling Programs. Here’s the Impact.

                    August 19, 2020

                    The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot. We’re working from home when possible. We’re social distancing. Some are wearing masks whether it’s a state mandate or not. We’re getting curbside meals rather than eating out. We’re staying home more, ordering online more, and creating more trash and recycling than before. These new habits have impacted […]

                    • How to Recycle All Types of Amazon Packaging

                      August 5, 2020

                      There’s a problem out there that you may not stop to consider. The packaging materials you get are often trashed unnecessarily. You might know to recycle cardboard, but have you ever stopped to think about how you’re supposed to recycle it? You probably are not aware that plastic envelopes, bubble wrap, and bags are all […]