• Spring Into Action: Tips for Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning

    May 8, 2024

    Many household cleaning products contain ingredients that aren’t great for the environment. Some of the worst ingredients are phosphates and surfactants. Phosphates act like fertilizers, helping boost the growth of algae that takes oxygen from the water, which impacts fish and other aquatic animals. Surfactants make it easier for animals and plants to absorb pollutants. While […]

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Celebrating Earth Day 2024

    April 25, 2024

    Back in 1970, the nation’s first Earth Day occurred. About 20 million people attended events around the nation. Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson (1963 to 1981) championed Earth Day and encouraged people to fight for the environment with the same passion they had when opposing the Vietnam War. When Earth Day celebrated its 20th anniversary in 1990, […]

  • Recycling and Mental Health: The Therapeutic Benefits of Engaging in Recycling Activities

    November 30, 2023

    Mental illness affects one in five U.S. adults, and the rates are slightly higher in teens. Managing mental health is essential as studies find mental health impacts your overall health. Mental illness can increase the risk of chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.Medications are not the right solution for everyone. Some people […]

  • Recycling and Indigenous Communities: Preserving Cultural Heritage and Environmental Stewardship

    November 20, 2023

    The World Bank estimates there are more than 476 million Indigenous people around the world in 2023. The IWGIA reports as many as 8.7 million of those people are in the U.S., and 20% of them live in American Indian communities and Alaska Native villages. California has the largest population of Natives in one state, […]

  • Eco-Conscious Tailgating: Green Practices for Fall Sports Fans

    October 31, 2023

    Before any football game, tailgating is a tradition. People get their parking space and set up their grills for ribs, burgers, brats, chicken, and many other favorite foods. In 2017, Michigan State University’s grounds cleaners reported collecting over 16,158 gallons of trash from dumpsters after a tailgate. That’s just one college and one game. In 2022, […]

  • Local Fall Festivals: Promoting Recycling and Green Practices

    October 18, 2023

    Fall festivals take place throughout September, October, and November. Cooler weather invites people to get out of their air-conditioned homes and out enjoying fall crops like apples and pumpkins. Nods to traditional German Oktoberfests also take place across the country as people move from lighter ales and lagers to heavier, bready Bavarian, Weiss, and other […]

  • The Impact of Single-Use Plastics and the Call for Recycling

    September 27, 2023

    In 40 years, the use of plastics in the U.S. has tripled. Plastic waste generation was at 73 million metric tons in 2019, breaking down to about 1.3 pounds per American per day. It’s an absurd amount of plastic waste if you think about it. In one year, the average American generates close to 500 […]

  • The Art of Upcycling: Turning Trash Into Treasure

    September 14, 2023

    Before the pandemic hit, the popularity of Maria Kondo’s minimalist approach to decluttering became popular. In 2018, it was found that 25% of adults wanted to embrace a minimalist lifestyle. As the pandemic hit, the “Great Declutter of 2020” hit. People were decluttering and a lot of those goods were going to landfills or thrift […]

  • 5 Fall-Themed Recycling Projects to Do at Home

    August 23, 2023

    Fall is on the way. Crisp nights, cooler days, and vivid foliage lead up to the first snowfall and wet weather. It’s a great time to go through your recycling and pick out what you need for fall-themed recycling projects. Here are five fall-themed recycling projects for all ages.Fall Flower CenterpiecesGlass jars are easy to […]

  • What Happens to Your Recyclables After Leaving Your Curb?

    May 1, 2023

    Each year, the EPA collects data on waste generation and disposal, this includes the amount of recycling collected. In 2018, Americans generated 292.4 million tons of waste, which breaks down to almost five pounds of waste per person per day. Of that waste, 69 million tons were properly recycled and 25 million tons were composted. […]