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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Better Living Through Trees

Better Living Through Trees

I’ve been thinking about trees a lot lately. Have you seen this video with Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and writer/climate activist George Monbiot? I encourage you to watch all 3 minutes and 39 seconds and show it to as many people as possible. The gist is that planting trees is, forgive the pun, low-hanging fruit as a solution to drawing carbon out of the atmosphere. I personally get a little frustrated when I […]

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First, we learn, then we teach

First, we learn, then we teach

Or a boost of inspiration to share your love for our planet by making more eco-friendly choices and composting. The fall season holds such promise. As it starts to cool down outside, we’re energized. Maybe your kids are going back to school, maybe you are. It’s said that we are all teachers and all students. What are you inspired to learn more about this fall? In Judaism, the holiday of Rosh Hashanah takes place in […]

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More is more: I didn’t know you could compost that!

More is more: I didn’t know you could compost that!

Now that you are using our service, we want you to be aware and take full advantage of the width and breadth of the items that can be commercially composted. If you look closely at this list on our website, you’ll undoubtedly find an item or two that surprises you. Our Zero Waste Event Coordinator Grace Hahn appreciates that she can compost to-go containers for some of the restaurants near her apartment. Though she does […]

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Odors and Maggots and Flies, Oh My!

Odors and Maggots and Flies, Oh My!

Welcome to summer in Chicagoland! Here are some tips and tricks for reducing odor and pests during the warm weather months. We really do wash our buckets every time. In warmer weather, the clean buckets we deliver may not smell all that fresh. If you find the smell offensive, try tossing something fragrant, like flowers, citrus peels, herbs or coffee grounds into your empty bucket when it arrives. One of our bi-weekly customers uses this […]

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