Reduction & Reuse

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Looking to recycle old clothing or household textiles? 

The Re-Clothe NY Coalition, a collaborative group of recyclers, non-profits, and governments working to increase textiles reuse and recycling across New York State, announced a renewed outreach campaign to encourage residents to donate and recycle their unwanted clothing and household textiles, rather than put them in the trash. Please visit the Re-Clothe NY website for a list of acceptable materials, collection bin locations, the Outreach and Media Toolkits, and other information on textile recycling in New York.  

Rethink Food Waste!

On September 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) posed a challenge to our country when they announced the 2030 Food Loss and Waste Reduction Goal – cut wasted food in half in 15 years. Over the past 365 days, we have seen momentous acceptance of and response to this challenge, including corporate commitments to zero waste; a national education campaign targeting wasted food; proposed federal policy focused on food recovery; and the release of a new standard to consistently and credibly measure food loss and waste. There is no denying that more work needs to be done to meet the ambitious goal. We need to see widespread adoption of technologies and systems to encourage food waste prevention; commonsense policy changes to support food donation; more investment toward food recovery and recycling infrastructure. These changes will bring the 2030 goal closer in reach.

Unlocking Value Through Food Waste Reduction:

Today, The Unites States spends $218 billion a year growing, processing, transporting and disposing of food that is never eaten.

ReFED was formed to build a different future, where food waste prevention is recognized as as untapped strategy that can save resources, create jobs, alleviate hunger, conserve water and reduce greenhousegas emissions - all while stimulating a new multi-billion dollar market opportunity.

Circular Annoyance? 

"They’re a fact of suburban life: plastic bags of advertising circulars tossed by invisible hands onto your sidewalk or driveway. Once in a while they make it to the porch or the steps but, more often than not, they land in prime real estate for the neighborhood canines to “mark”—or worse..." Here is one way to STOP the circulars. 


How to Crochet with Plarn 



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