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Minneapolis Composting

Special thanks to Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association for its excellent Minneapolis composting and recycling forum in 2015, where much of this was discussed The mixture of nitrogen-rich greens from food waste, and carbon-based browns from yard waste, combine over a six- to nine-month period to create useable compost for landscaping and road construction projects. But even…

Sustainable We Forum: Putting a Value on Waste, by Design

At the second Sustainable We forum, in November 2015, the take-away from the group conversation seemed to come down to three bullet points: Minneapolis has the capacity, if not yet the policies, to emphasize even more sustainable social values; Minneapolis has the innovators, if not yet the awareness about them, to lift up stronger design…

RESULTS Sustainable We #2: The Life Cycle of Waste

Our city-wide series of “Sustainable We” conversations  continued November 16 with a group discussion at Lake Harriet Spiritual Community center in Linden Hills about Minneapolis garbage. Overview: Putting a Value on Waste, by Design Amanda LaGrange explained the work TechDump does, not only giving new life to electronics, but training and hiring those who have had trouble finding employment. Read more about TechDump…

Where Does Garbage Go in Minneapolis?

by Dylan Morrissette, going into 6th grade, Anthony Middle School Because my mom created this MPLSGreen.com website, and because my sister works with Cool Planet Minnesota to learn about climate change, I know how much work we have to do to help keep our planet healthy. Right now it is pretty sick — pollution in…

YOUTH: Cool Ideas to Reuse Garbage

Garbage by Type (EPA)

by Dylan Morrissette, entering 6th grade, Anthony Middle School Did you know that with just newspaper, rolled up paper bags and special glue I made a wolf head, thanks to the May Day workshops put on by The Heart of the Beast? I’ve also been a spider and a Chinese dragon. My sister has been a bird…

Green Good Housekeeping Products

The Good Housekeeping Institute has been testing the “Green-ness” of households products since 2009. Products are evaluated by GHI scientists and engineers for use of materials, ingredients and composition; water, energy and waste reduction in manufacturing and packaging; carbon-emission-reduction aspects of distribution and transportation; corporate social responsibility. Green-approved Products See the website for more Benjamin…

U.S. Packaging Is Woefully Unsustainable

As consumers we can do much more to pressure companies to adhere to better recycling policies — specifically in the way they package their products. Here’s a snippet from a good overview of the problem (and the U.S. lags woefully behind Europe in this): Forty-seven companies were analyzed; “none,” the report found, “are doing enough…

What is “green” and what is not?

It is confusing to know which product packaging is honest about its “eco-friendly” status. Especially since the lifecycle of a product — and its packaging — is something about which even its manufacturers aren’t fully informed. It is a confusing area, with many labels used that are only partially accurate. According to the white paper…

Targeting: Non-Recyclable Packaging

Minneapolis-based Eureka Recycling has joined the Make It, Take It Campaign, to bring attention to companies and products that have wasteful packaging and to mobilize citizens for sustainable packaging policies. The campaign’s first target is the Capri Sun juice pouch, an estimated 1.4 billion packages annually that cannot be readily reused, recycled, or composted. The…