These past few weeks almost everyone has had a response to the events that led to recent marches and protests decrying racism. Collective Resource Compost stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and grieves with the rest of the nation the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and so many others. We are committed to addressing systemic racism and systemic bias at Collective Resource Compost and in our work with other
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
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
I’m a big fan of the dictionary, just like my dad. When I was growing up and didn’t know how to spell a word, he’d suggest that I look it up in the dictionary. I’d always protest that I couldn’t because I didn’t know how to spell it! But he was right. I could generally guess the first letter and then I’d use trial and error from there, plus I’d also discover other words. These
Compost collection will continue, but we have taken steps to make sure the risk to the health of everyone will be minimal. We ask that you do a couple of things, too. We hope you are well and that you find comfort in knowing that, though much has changed, the regular rhythm of compost swaps will continue as usual. Collective Resource will provide service during the Illinois Stay at Home Order, with strict social distancing