Putting Off Paper Towels

Continuing efforts to waste less paper at work, I decided to commit to cutting out using paper towels for drying the dishes when I wash them out after lunch. We have folding paper towels at work that fill a drawer at it takes a few to effectively dry a bowl, or say, the cup from…

Reusing Office Paper

The office where I work wastes a lot of paper. I think this is a byproduct of being a newspaper. Sure, we have big recycle bins in the hallway where we dump all the printoffs we no longer need. But we print several pages a day to edit stories we could just as easily mark…

Back to the Beginning

So I started this blog almost three years ago — three! And I can’t believe it. I don’t even have 40 posts to show for those near 2,000 days. As with other parts of my life, I’ve struggled to find the focus here. But I think it’s been found. And it’s so simple. As simple…

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…

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…

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…

Glossies Can Keep Giving

Last week, I was doing a little spring cleaning of my apartment, when I came to a corner of my living room floor that I rarely touch or give a second though to. It’s simply a place to throw the magazines I swear I’ll get to reading someday. It never fails though. Months (and months)…

The May I (Start to) Recycle

So apparently Recycling Month is April, to coincide with Earth Day and all the excitement around it. For this blog and myself, it’s going to be May though. I decided this yesterday as I unloaded my first Whole Foods bag full of recyclables at the little drop-off area of the store. It was a big…