So Much Recycling, So Little Time

[Photo is of the Chester Covanta receiving floor taken by the Delco Times. It still looks like that.] Short story, I hope: I visited the Covanta incinerator in Chester recently and got the full tour of their facility, including getting to stand over the large receiving area where ALMOST ALL of Delco’s trash goes toContinue reading “So Much Recycling, So Little Time”

Cotton Grocery Bags – NOT

This is one of the easiest zero waste swaps. Keep them in your car, and just get in the habit of using them. BUT… Be mindful that cotton bags are NOT environmental. Look for hemp or some other low-impact textile material, even if it’s recycled plastic. And as a reminder… Avoid Grocery Store Plastic ProduceContinue reading “Cotton Grocery Bags – NOT”

Recycled Bathroom and Facial Tissue – Who Knew!

Who knew recycled bathroom tissue (toilet paper) and bamboo facial tissues are a thing?! This example is from, but there are others. (No endorsement here.) They can be competitively priced, with bulk, plastic-free shipping and packaging. Very good quality, especially for the tush (we know ‘dis). We’re not marketing, but noting this because thereContinue reading “Recycled Bathroom and Facial Tissue – Who Knew!”

Contacting Manufacturers on Zero Waste

Eliminating plastics and other waste sources from our products is an easy request from consumers. The more we let companies know that they need to follow the waste hierarchy the more likely we’ll make progress. Don’t be silent. Go where the source is. If you see something, say something, and this is a pretty easyContinue reading “Contacting Manufacturers on Zero Waste”

Beyond Just Drinking Water: Let’s Stop Buying Water in Plastic Bottles

Are you trying to reduce the amount of plastic you use? Are you frustrated by all the plastic bottles around your house? It’s not just about drinking water, which is an obvious opportunity, but we buy lots of products, mostly cleaning and personal products, that are just chemicals diluted with water. Eliminate the water, shiftContinue reading “Beyond Just Drinking Water: Let’s Stop Buying Water in Plastic Bottles”

It’s Summer! How to Throw a Zero Waste Party or Event

Originally posted on Jim McLaughlin's Blog:
I’ll admit up front that I’m a complete newbie at this. I was made sensitive to the issue of reducing waste when a local citizens group in Chester, Pennsylvania, who has been working for OVER 30 YEARS to stop, Covanta, the largest US incinerator from continuing to spew…