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Back To School Clothing & Stuff Swap Saturday 9/9!

Greencycle Swap Sept 2017

Cleaning out your closets for back to school? Bring everything over to Greencycle Swap! Bring some! Take some! One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Recycle, reuse and reduce!

The next Greencycle “Back-to-School” Swap 
is happening this Saturday, September 9 at Leonard Library (81 Devoe St) from 12pm-3pm.

They’ll be accepting:
Men’s, womens and children’s clothing, shoes, books, toys, bicycles, phones, household items and electronics. Electronics accepted until 2pm—cleaned, gently used and working items please. You don’t need to bring anything to take anything. However, out of consideration for others, they may limit folks to the greater of 1 bag or the number of bags that you have brought to donate to the swap. Continue reading

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Let Suite Pieces Teach You To Transform Your Furniture + Paint Deal

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Transform old furniture into something fresh!
Transforming furniture is one of the things we love to do the most at Suite Pieces (located at 162 Huron Street)! We’re going to share with you how fun and easy it is to change the look of something you already own without the hassle of sanding and priming. We’ll be using one of our favorite product lines that we offer in the shop, Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. By the time you do all that prep-work with traditional latex paint, you’re ready to call it quits and leave yet another unfinished project sitting around your apartment taking up precious, expensive square footage. When you use Chalk Paint® for your painting projects, you get instant gratification that keeps you going till it’s back in place ready for a photo op! Continue reading

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The Afterlife of Christmas Lights (VIDEO)

We bought over 1000 white christmas lights to decorate our Holiday Market and we hope to use them for a long time. When they finally die and we recycle them, they may end up in Shijiao, China, the “Christmas Light Recycling Capital of the World.” This interesting video by Adam Minter, of the blog Shanghai Scrap, shows how the process works in order to recover valuable components like copper and insulation. In the USA this insulation would end up in a landfill, but in China it is reused as slipper soles.

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MASTER COMPOST!

recycling nun!
Compost rules! And now it needs to be ruled. Become a compost master! The North Brooklyn Compost Project can help you reach this goal. The certificate program is designed to promote the practice of urban composting. You get 25 hours of classroom training (including two field trips) and 30 hours of volunteer outreach service in compost education and promotion. Application due: February 17, 2012.

Click here for more info

Why compost?
The NBCP says: “Composting is an important alternative to garbage export. Currently, our waste is trucked around the city and exported for landfill or incineration in New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania and so on. The impacts of dealing with garbage this way are felt in communities who live all along these truck routes, transfer stations and disposal sites. Public money is thrown away on polluting the air and wearing down the roads to export thousands of tons of compostable material each day In New York City.

We think it’s a waste, because we know that by composting you get a very valuable product, and spare these negative impacts!

As a soil amendment, compost increases nutrition and moisture available to plants and animals living in the soil. Composting reduces the use of herbicides and chemical fertilizers, helps conserve water, filters pollutants from water, improves soil structure, increases water-holding capacity, and improves disease resistance in plants.”

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