Ideas & Inspiration to close your waste loop!


Food waste is actually one of the most valuable resources!  If you have never done it before, home composting can be intimidating - we are here to help make it easy!  Composting at home will significantly reduce the amount of waste you send to the landfill and will give important nutrients back to your yard and garden.  The type of home composting method often depends on the amount of space you have at home and in your yard.  Check out ‘Learn More’ for 45 DIY compost bin ideas from

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If you’re an average American, you produce 4.4. pounds of trash every single day. In a nation of nearly 324 million people, that amounts to more than 700,000 tons of garbage produced every day—enough to fill around 60,000 garbage trucks. That is a shocking amount of waste.

The best thing we can do is to simply consume less! Remember that REDUCTION is the first ‘R’ in the classic Reduce, Reuse & Recycle.

Here are our top 5 local tips on reducing waste:

  1. Buy in bulk!  Sage Mountain Natural Foods is our favorite place in town to buy bulk items.  You can get almost everything you need in bulk from tea, popcorn and trail mix to dish soap!
  2. Bring your reusable mug in for coffee at your local coffee shop!  Almost every coffee shop will offer you a 10-15 cent discount for bringing in your mug. We know for sure our friends at Argonaut & J5 offer discounts!
  3. Bring Tupperware for take-out!  Do you often bring home leftovers from eating out on the town?  Bring your Tupperware from home and save the waste of a single-use container.
  4. Bring reusable bags when you shop.  Keep them handy in the car and purse so you never leave them without them.
  5. Save money and reduce waste all while enjoying your favorite brew by filling your growler!

Ready to make moves towards zero waste?  Check out ‘Learn More’ for 100 tips from to drastically reduce your household waste!

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Landscape mulches are increasingly recognized as pivotal components of environmentally sustainable gardens and green spaces. Select the right mulch and you reap the benefits of healthier soils and plants.  An added bonus is that your local arborists are always looking for places to drop off FREE woodchips.

Use wood chips to: improve structure • enhance water infiltration and retention • prevent erosion and compaction • moderate temperature • provide nutrients • suppress pathogens and pests • enhance beneficial organisms • increase biodiversity • neutralize pollutants.

Cardboard and Newspaper (without gloss) are the cheapest and easiest replacements for landscape cloth. Divert them out of your trash or recycle bin and use them as weed suppressors underneath & around plants and for garden walk ways . Plus they break down over time adding to fertility and soil habitat!  Check out ‘Learn More’ for a guide to wood chip mulch.

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