Monday, February 27, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
|A recycling bin at Whole Foods|
I already bring my vegetable scraps to the community composting site at Union Square Green Market on Saturdays, and I dump my old towels and clothes with the city's textile recycling program there. Now, at the same time, I can walk my plastic bags and other containers across the street to Whole Foods.
|The Preserve program at Whole Foods|
Whole Foods also participates in the Gimme 5 program, collecting #5 plastic containers and even Brita filters for Preserve, a company that turns yogurt cups into toothbrushes and other personal hygiene products (see my earlier post).
So, hitting Whole Foods will be part of my Saturday routine until 2013, when the city begins recycling these kinds of plastics.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Check out this post from a fellow urban gardener about buying toothbrushes and other items made from recycled plastic by a company called Preserve. And even better, a Whole Foods near you may have a bin where you can recycle your plastic yogurt cups so you don't have to throw them away!
Sunday, February 12, 2012
This is clearly not the proper timing. The lovely spring flowers are meant to come up in April, or March at the earliest. They are commonly in full bloom by Easter. But it's been so warm lately that the flowers must have gotten the wrong signals from Mother Nature. And now that it's freezing again here in the Northeast, I wonder if they'll be able to continue growing until they bloom. The temperatures are expected to rise this week, so I suspect they can survive a few freezing days. I also wonder if this freak event will kill the bulbs or mess with their rhythm for years to come. To me, it's just another sign of climate change and the strange new world we live in. Has anyone else seen early risings or other odd events in their gardens?