Community Connections

Reuse Is My Favorite “R”

Reuse Is My Favorite “R”

Grandma Inge’s tip put used coffee grounds in car you’ll be happier I come by my love of reuse thanks to my Grandma Inge, an artist and world traveler who foraged for materials wherever she went, reused almost everything, and threw very little out. Like so many people who have known war or want, as […]

Foraging in Parking Lots

Foraging in Parking Lots

The other day, we needed a paper clip for a packet of school forms. We searched through the jam-packed kitchen drawer that serves as our all-purpose storage area for anything we can cram in there, to no avail. We found a lot of things – the dogs’ vaccination tags, AAA batteries, a compass, a light […]

In Praise of Bartering

In Praise of Bartering

One of my childhood high points was the day my father loaded a scrubbed out old galvanized garbage can with our harvest of bitter wine grapes and drove off to a local barter fair at Island Center Community Hall. He returned a few hours later, the garbage can tipped on its side in the back […]

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s the chicken scrap bucket! Throwing a Lower Waste Classroom Party

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s the chicken scrap bucket! Throwing a Lower Waste Classroom Party

A’s class had a Valentine’s Day party yesterday, and I volunteered myself as the PITA zero waste parent. There’s plenty of room for improvement, but here’s what we did yesterday. I loaded up our little red wagon with my almost-zero waste party supplies: 3 boxes of Ikea’s inexpensive glasses, leftover from my wedding 11 years […]

Odd & Beautiful Day at the Beach

Odd & Beautiful Day at the Beach

A got new waterproof  boots on Friday and wanted to visit “Mud Island” at Stinky Beach to celebrate. I’m sorry I don’t have pictures of what happened 30 seconds into our visit to the deep mud of the estuary…A had both of her new boots stuck deep in the muck and her sock-footed self standing […]