Tag: recycling

Freecycle- The Do's and Don'ts

Love me some Black Friday. Its also known as “Erin Kelly big purchases day”. Yup, this frugal Freddie buys her bigger ticket items on this day every year. Last year it was a vacuum cleaner and blender. This year on the list was dishes. I had already picked them out and just had to enter... Read more »

The Top 5 Items That We Don't Know How To Donate/Recycle

We all have things that are hanging around simply because we don’t know what to do with them or aren’t able to get them out of our homes. They sit and sit. Sometimes we move them around. We recontainerize them, but still they are with us. Instead of being a viable object that we use,... Read more »

Earth Day 2015- Simple Changes You Can Make To Be "Green"

Today is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. This day was created to promote taking care of our planet. With mass consumption and large levels of debris, its important that we learn how to better use our resources. It starts with you. Everyone can make changes to be more “green.” I am always looking for... Read more »

Earth Day 2014: Simple Changes You Can Make To Become More Earth Friendly

Today is Earth Day. This world wide event was started by former US Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. He was upset about the oil spills and felt we should all take better care of the earth. The event went global in 1990. Each year over a billion people participate in this wonderful day! We can... Read more »

Will Chicago Finally Ban Plastic Bags- Vote To Be Held April 15th

Last week I was walking my neighbors dog and forgot to bring a doggy bag. Luckily, so many people choose to litter so I had quite the choice of plastic bags on the ground! Sad but true. I have been a huge fan of banning plastic bags for many reasons. Aside from being bad for... Read more »

Curbside Shopping- A Chicago Tradition

Chicago has some of the best shopping in the United States. There is Michigan Ave, Oak Street, and the new Fashion Outlets. And lets not forget the alleys and the curbs. It’s a Chicago tradition to “dumpster dive” as they call it. You can practically decorate your home from driving around the cities alleys. Several... Read more »

CD's and VHS Tapes, Yes You Can Recycle Them

I am pretty darn green. I try not to waste and reuse things if possible. Each week, I take any plastic bags (usually from the newspaer and bread bags) to Target to recycle. I recycle in the blue bins and I even have a metal man on my speed dial. When I bring home clothes... Read more »

Chicago's Recycling Program Sucks; My not so cool solution

You know you have seen me do it! Sometimes you turn your head. I am sure some of you take a picture and post it on facebook(just like I take pictures of the bad “train fashion”). I can’t help it. I have no choice. Due to the challenges of recycling in Chicago- I am become... Read more »

The Guilt of the toss; Somethings are just trash

Green is the new black as they say! Going green and learning to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle is essential for our environment. We are constantly looking for new ways to reuse, recycle, and avoid waste in our lives.  I just ordered reusuable bags especially made for fruits and veggies so I can eliminate another... Read more »

Bag It, an Oscar worthy film in my opinion

Yesterday I watched the documentary called Bag It. Jeb Berrier doesn an amazing job of explaining how the environment and peoples health is affected by plastic bags. The movie was not only interesting, but done in laymans terms so anyone could watch it and learn something. I work in an industry that deals with alot of waste. Whether is plastic bags... Read more »