Break Free From Plastic

Break Free From Plastic

Because I’m a zero waste consultant, I spend a fair amount of time thinking about waste reduction: asking myself how I can personally reduce waste and how I can help and inspire others to do the same. Actually it might be the other way around, because I think so much about waste reduction, I became a zero waste consultant. I watched a webinar last month called Regional Approaches to Fuel Local Circular Economies: Great Lakes […]

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Building Community Around Sustainability

Building Community Around Sustainability

I could say that lately I’ve been thinking about the concept of building community and that would be true. Honestly, it’s something I think about all of the time, particularly building community around sustainability. Being able to communicate is key in building community. In fact, the words themselves share the same root. How do we build community without being able to communicate in-person? In her nonfiction book Big Magic, writer Elizabeth Gilbert encourages readers to […]

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Soil Loves Compost

Soil Loves Compost

May 3rd through 9th is International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW). Celebrated annually, the week is designed to promote the benefits of composting and compost for effective resource management, soil health and plant growth. ICAW is normally a time when the benefits of composting are promoted through a variety of community activities. These are, however, anything but normal times, and our collective efforts to flatten the curve mean that we are all staying at home to […]

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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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