Earth Day, Every Day

Earth Day, Every Day

We have historically been very busy leading up to Earth Day. For obvious reasons, this year is different. “Every day is Earth Day at Collective Resource Compost!” is a joke I often make at this time of year.  Imagine it being said in a really perky voice. We have historically been very busy leading up to April and Earth Day both with requests to speak and requests to help facilitate zero waste events. For obvious […]

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Faith Communities Leading The Way

Faith Communities Leading The Way

I’ve been thinking about faith communities a lot lately. This is the first year that we have been participating in Faith in Place’s Indoor Winter Farmers Markets. Faith in Place is a great organization that supports the environmental efforts of faith communities in Illinois. Their stated mission is “to empower Illinois people of all faiths to be leaders in caring for the Earth, providing resources to educate, connect, and advocate for healthier communities.” This year […]

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Show Us Your Love! (Of The Planet)

Show Us Your Love! (Of The Planet)

How do you show your love? How do you like to be shown love? Have you taken this love language quiz? The five love languages are words of affirmation, acts of service, gifts, quality time and physical touch. Food is love. Have you ever heard that phrase?  A lot of different cultures communicate their love with food. There is a saying that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I know that […]

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Keeping Your Compost Bin Contaminant Free

Keeping Your Compost Bin Contaminant Free

Contamination is the word used in the waste hauling industry for when the wrong items are put into the different waste streams. Maybe you’ve heard the term “wishful recycling”, for when people toss things they are not sure about into the recycling bin and hope for the best. We want to educate you on this topic so that you are not participating in “wishful composting.” I was at a luncheon the other day collecting the […]

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Holiday Gifting: Think Green

Holiday Gifting: Think Green

It’s that gift-giving time of year, which can pose a problem for those trying to lower their carbon footprint by owning and buying less. It can take courage to be the one who breaks the mold, but it’s one more way to live your values. Our Collective Resource Compost team members offered us their suggestions for greener gift giving. Founder/Owner Erlene Howard likes to give experiences rather than things. Most recently she has been giving […]

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