Oakland County Recycling Center Gets Revamped

I recently toured a recycling facility in Southfield, Mich., for a video on its process. (Maybe I’ll share that later, but it’s sort of embarrassingly unprofessional.) While I was there, I also found out about the awesome $4 million renovations the center will undergo, starting in October. Below is the story I wrote for The…

Plastic Bags No More (& The Great Garbage Patch)

I don’t accept plastic bags for my items at stores very often. But when I do, I feel super guilty about it. I have pile of reusable bags from various stores I frequent that’s impressive enough to make me look like a bag lady, but they don’t cover all the places I go. And I…

Preserving Plastic with Personal Care Products

Part of what I’m always trying to find are products that can’t usually be recycled, but are in fact being made by some companies in a way in which they can. Two of those products are razors and toothbrushes. I haven’t found that disposable razors can be recycled, so they instead get tossed into the…

I’m So Bright, I’ve Gotta Wear Shades

Yesterday, I was on one of my frequent treks through Whole Foods (which have only gotten more frequent since I moved and it was suddenly on my route to work), when I stopped in my tracks, thanks to a sunglasses display. Eco-friendly sunglasses?! Silly me. Why hadn’t I thought of that? I had to stop…

Pretty Planners

I found myself wandering through Target last week on the hunt for a planner. Don’t ask why I was looking for one that starts in July, even though I’m not in school anymore. (Boring story, mainly caused by pickiness about page refills and poor planning on my part to get them in January like a…

Plant Plastic

The balcony on my lovely new apartment was looking pretty bare, except for my old bike that badly needs to be traded in. And with summer kicking in, this just wouldn’t do. So my garden-loving mom brought a couple packs of pretty flowers to drop in the pot that made the journey with me from…

Keeping the cardboard

It’s been more than a week now since my last post — not to draw attention to that fact or anything. In case you’re at all curious about why I’ve been slacking so badly and why May didn’t promote information about recycling nearly as much as I’d hoped, it’s just because it was bad timing…

Happy Glad is Wrong

In the midst of hand washing all the dishes my lame apartment dishwasher can’t handle, I remembered last week’s pasta salad remained in my refrigerator. I threw out the leftovers, which were basically stale looking chicken and hardened pasta noodles and washed the heavy blue bowl they’d chilled in all week. I stopped short of…

The Several Lives of a Cell Phone

I am 25 years old and got my first cell phone, a lovely Nextel with the obnoxious two-way radio, when I was 16. I am now on my fifth phone, a BlackBerry Curve that I love. Most people I know seem to get new phones much more often than I do, but I’m not that…