Friday, January 27, 2012

New e-Waste Collection Center in Brooklyn

The Lower East Side Ecology Center just opened a new permanent e-waste drop-off & reuse center in Brooklyn. It's at 469 President Street (near Nevins Street) just a half mile from the Park Slope Food Coop. No more waiting months and months for collection day to ditch that cathode computer monitor!

Even better than the one-day events, the warehouse offers both recycling and reuse—you can stop by the warehouse to peruse their selection of affordable electronic equipment and parts.

Stop by the Community Reception to celebrate the opening
February 04, 2012 | 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.

For regular hours (beginning January 31) and a list of accepted materials, click here.

Find directions to the warehouse.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

How I Shop Without NEW Plastic Bags !

I don’t have to use a plastic bag to shop at the Coop...in fact I REuse plastic bags I’ve already been using, many times. Even in the bulk aisle, those muslin bags - you know, the beige flags which are hanging up near the mangoes and the bananas, near the bulk aisle and other places in the store. They move around with the air currents, looking like they are there for a purpose, and yes they are. I discovered that these little to large bags can hold flour (they’re not mesh but a very tight weave cotton), and most every other bulk item. I use a twist tie or bring rubber bands and put the stock number yellow sticker on the tag of the bag itself. Easy !

I put my carrots into these great muslin bags. Even the beets. The muslin bags are washable. The greens are big, so those go in my REused plastic bags until they tear. Wow - it takes a really long time to make those bags UNusable. Sometimes I’ll put all my greens into one reused plastic bag or better yet, a recyclable shoulder bag, then just take one or two out for the ultimate weighing.

I learned how to make those produce plastic bags (that I used to take off the roll) into a very small triangle. I do that with really any plastic bag I’m reusing. See this really short video on about folding plastic bags for re-use so that they fit in my pocket.

Sometimes I’ll put all of my root vegetables into one recyclable shoulder bag that I’m still using from years ago. (They’re all rolled up, usually into a little bag attached to itself, in endcaps near the bulk aisle. Some of them have a snap for really efficient pocket-storage! ) One bag is easy, because the check out person weighs one veggie at a time anyway, so I can take out the carrots, and leave the turnips in the bag. The bag is weightless, so I’m not overpaying.

I use another shopping bag for this purpose or for an entire small shopping trip for, say, my apples, pears and oranges. Again, it’s so easy to take out and weigh one thing, and if there’s a lot of pears, well, they just get weighed in the bag.

I use the small muslin bags for the cherry tomatoes, or a larger one for potatoes. All weighed or presented for the checkout person in their own bag.

I’ve heard of people making bags for shopping out of fabric or even old clothes. I want to try that sometime. It sounds easy.


My bread purchases are in a mesh bag I use for shopping - you know - a very Continental look (!), and there’s always the plastic bags I wash and reuse to bring home my chicken and meat, so there’s no dripping.

In fact, I haven’t had to use a bag from those rolls at the Coop for, well, I can’t remember the last time I pulled one off the roll. Not only is it possible, but I want to do my part in not perpetuating new plastic bag production and use.

That’s how I do it.

image of t-shirt bag courtesy of Martha Stewart

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Eco-Infographic of the Day: Worldwide Waste Mgt.

Some of my co-workers are on an infographic craze, so I decided to look for some eco-infographics. What are infographics? They're just a graphical way to present date, that makes it more interesting to look at and easier to understand.

Click on the infographic for a larger version and answer the following questions; you can also use the zoom feature on your browser to enlarge the image.

  • How is the US doing compared to Germany in the waste management of common materials like paper and plastic?

  • How do our waste disposal techniques compare to other countries (landfill vs. recycling, etc.)?

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

January E-Waste Recycling

The Lower East Side Ecology Center is bringing its 9th Annual After the Holidays E-waste Event series to all five boroughs this January to help you responsibly recycle of all of your unwanted or broken gadgets. Please spread the word about responsible disposal of electronics to your family, friends and neighbors.

In Park Slope:
January 15, 2012 | 10:00am - 4:00pm
Prospect Park West and 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
- Post this flyer in your lobby or workplace.
- See a list of what can be accepted for recycling.

See a complete list of all January E-waste recycling events in all
five boroughs.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Never Doubt . . .


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
— Margaret Mead

image of NYS Adirondacks courtesy of Marcy Hall Haislip