Host a Pumpkin Smash: Halloween Fun That’s Good for the Planet

Host a Pumpkin Smash: Halloween Fun That’s Good for the Planet

Are you looking for a fun fall activity that also happens to be good for the planet? Host a pumpkin smash! Halloween is likely to be a bit less fun this year, so why not give the kids something new and exciting to look forward to? And honestly, I’m sure there are some adults who’d also enjoy a little smashing. Pumpkins are compostable! Imagine if just a fraction of them were composted, how good that […]

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Start Small but Think Big: Composting Around The Country

Start Small but Think Big: Composting Around The Country

You may have heard the phrase “start small but think big” either here from me or from someone else. In my case, the “start small” usually refers to changing habits and reducing waste in your own household, and “think big” refers to helping to pass legislation that leads to greater impact. There has been some recent good news in that regard, so good that it has trickled into the mainstream news. I first heard about […]

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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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