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Six Items You Didn’t Think to Recycle

We all know to recycle soda bottles, aluminum cans, paper, cardboard, and milk jugs. But what do you do if you want to go the extra mile to keep your junk out of a landfill? We’ve compiled a list of six common items that aren’t commonly recycled.
  1. Aerosol cans: These can be recycled when empty, but check with your local authority first (DO NOT CRUSH or pierce—they can explode).
  2. Cat Litter: Cat litter can be added to the compost heap—however, it is best to bury or dispose of any cat feces first, to avoid the risk of spreading parasites. You can now buy cat litter made from recycled paper, hemp, and mineral sources—for example.
  3. Motor Oil: You can often take engine oil to a recycling center, service station, or quick-lube shop. See www.recycleoil.org or www.earth911.org for recycling locations throughout the country. Emptying used oil into  drains or into landfills can cause real harm to the environment; just one gallon of used oil can contaminate 740,000 gallons of water.
  4. Soap: You can buy soap presses that make new bars, and even chop them up to make a liquid soap.
  5. Computers: Many recycling projects and commercial companies will take computers, monitors, and associated hardware. They can wipe hard drives with special software and resell equipment to low-income groups, etc. Even broken equipment can be taken apart for components. Many computer components contain dangerous chemicals which can leech into groundwater.
  6. You: Increasingly, more and more people want to leave the world without causing unnecessary pollution. You can now ask for a cardboard coffin, a woolen shroud, or even an ecopod. See www.greenburialcouncil.org


10 Books to Curl Up With This Winter

William Wordsworth was right when he said, “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” Nevertheless, the cold, dark days of winter can still get the best of even Nature’s most tenderhearted admirer. What’s one to do? We here at Chelsea Green have concocted the perfect cabin fever remedy with our suggested winter reading […] Read More..

50 Low-Cost, Low-Tech Solutions to Save the Planet

Tired of watching people spend so much time thinking up big solutions to big problems that it has a paralyzing effect on taking action? If you’re like author Courtney White, the answer is yes. That’s why in Two Percent Solutions for the Planet, he takes readers on a journey to show how low-cost, easy-to-implement solutions […] Read More..

Beyond the War on Invasive Species – Review in Permaculture Design Magazine

This review was originally published in Permaculture Design, Issue #97, “Life on the Edge,” Fall 2015; www.PermacultureDesignMagazine.com Look in the Mirror Review by Peter Bane For its extensive scholarship, clear voice, and impassioned, hopeful message, this book is a joy to read—a slim but beautifully written teaching text which uses permaculture and ecosystem science as a lens for viewing the […] Read More..

5 Common Invasive Species and How to Manage Them

Last week, we asked authors Tao Orion and Katrina Blair to share alternative approaches to managing five different plant species commonly held to be “invasive.” St. John’s Wort, Garlic Mustard, Thistle, Oxeye Daisy, and Kudzu are often dismissed as annoyances at best and the target of aggressive eradication with harmful chemicals at worst. Orion and […] Read More..

What in the World is a Pawpaw?

Have you heard of the pawpaw? A few generations ago, most would say “yes!” You could ask just about anyone and they could tell you what this fruit looked and tasted like, and more importantly, where to find it. But today, the pawpaw remains a mystery to some and entirely unknown to others. In Pawpaw: […] Read More..
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