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Eco-Friendly Holiday Crafting at Ijams Nature Center

Looking for more frugal and eco-friendly ways to keep kids crafting?  Ijams Nature Center’s recent holiday workshop proved once again that the best decorations can be low-cost and green.  Several parents brought children and even created ornaments alongside them. Twigs and yarn provided materials for handcrafted decorations. Ijams Volunteer Jonathan Lightbulbs got decoupaged into colorful ornaments. Matt […]

Continue Reading By on December 22, 2012 in green, holidays, recycling

Healthier Hospitals Initiative

Do you know what likely crowds the largest portion of your community’s landfill space?  According to waste disposal experts, it’s probably your local hospital.  In addition to standard waste disposal, hospitals pay premiums for Regulated Medical Waste with its own set of strict guidelines.”Top award winning hospitals generate 30 pounds of waste per staffed bed […]

Continue Reading By on August 23, 2012 in health, recycling

Operating Room Recycling Efforts

The process of caring for a patient in a typical operating room usually produces four to five bags of trash and medical waste. But a cost-saving system available to hospitals now can potentially cut the number of trash bags in half. Parkridge Health System that includes three hospitals in Chattanooga, Tennessee is a leader in […]

Continue Reading By on August 21, 2012 in green, health, recycling

Hospitals Get Greener

It’s one of the healthcare industry’s dirty little secrets: hospitals historically have generated most of their communities’ landfill waste as well as polluting the air through medical waste incineration and polluting  drinking water by dumping meds down the drain.  Yet communities look to hospitals to be leaders in health and wellness.  More and more US […]

Continue Reading By on August 20, 2012 in recycling

Enterprising Women Paint Heirloom Furniture

Ever fallen in love with a piece of estate sale furniture but thought the finish was damaged beyond repair? What about those pieces already in our families that have received too much wear?  Two East Tennessee women are finding a fresh way to refurbish heirloom decor. “We’re looking for pieces that need a little bit […]

Continue Reading By on August 6, 2012 in home, recycling

Precycling to Reduce Waste

Still cleaning up after Christmas present and holiday party overload? What if we didn’t generate so much garbage in the first place? Here are some tips for precycling to help yourself and the planet: *Avoid disposable products when a more durable version can be used over and over. *Use secondhand purchases or borrowed items when […]

Continue Reading By on January 10, 2012 in conscious consumerism, environmental, green, recycling, sustainable

Recycling Coalition’s Program Grows

Amid the brick storefronts of downtown Knoxville’s South Gay Street, near architectural firms and artists’ galleries, now sits the headquarters for the Knoxville Recycling Coalition.  The nonprofit moved its offices last year to save rent and become more centrally located.“We’re getting a lot of Christmasy stuff,” said Executive Director Frank Sewell, when I asked about […]

Continue Reading By on January 9, 2012 in green, recycling, sustainable

Art of Recycling on Display

Nutrition Facts by Geri Forkner (Best of Show) (Photo courtesy:  Athens Art Council) Athens Arts Council Program Director Pat Armstrong shows Blackbird (painting on home movie screen) by Shelbi Cox (tied for Wesley L. Henderson, Jr. Memorial Creativity Award) It’s entertaining, colorful and not necessarily easy to digest.  The tongue in cheek sculpture titled Nutrition […]

Continue Reading By on November 16, 2011 in art, education, frugal, green, recycling, sustainable

Marble Factory Visit

Ronnie Wright proudly works with his hands and supervises a team of other workers who do the same in rural West Virginia.  He showed me how buckets full of colored glass get recycled into the sweltering furnace of the Marble King factory. Natural gas powers the process that turns leftover pieces from stained glass window […]

Continue Reading By on July 18, 2011 in green, made in the USA, manufacturing, recycling, toys

EarthFest Parenting

Thanks to the parents and kids who braved East Tennessee’s unseasonably cold weather to come out and say hello at the EarthFest celebration.  I was thrilled with the opportunity to host a Flour Sack Mama festival activity for the very first time!  I understand that attendance was down because of the blustery conditions.  EarthFest still proved […]

Continue Reading By on April 17, 2011 in green, parenting, recycling, sustainable