Sunday, December 16, 2012
The local thrift store and donation center offers some tips to cutely wrap presents, while reducing waste.
Follow Richfield Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter Editor's Note: The following was submitted by Arc's Value Village. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, household waste increases by more than 25%. Added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons – it all adds up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills. (EPA and Use Less Stuff). In the U.S., annual trash from gift-wrap and shopping bags totals 4 million tons. (Use Less Stuff). Half of the paper America consumes is used to wrap and decorate consumer products. (The Recycler’s Handbook). With just a little effort, we could decrease what ends up in the landfill significantly, save the energy and natural …
Friday, August 3, 2012
The school received $8,500 from a Hennepin County program.
Follow Richfield Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter Editor's Note: The following was taken from an Academy of Holy Angels press release. The Academy of Holy Angels has earned an $8,500 grant from the Hennepin County School Recycling Assistance Program. The purpose of the program is to increase significantly the recycling efforts at the school. The grant will allow the school to purchase new recycling and composting bins and compostable cutlery and food-service ware, upgrade its recycling awareness program for students and staff, pay a part-time program coordinator for 125 hours of work during the school year, and implement procedures for measuring the results of the program efforts. “Holy Angels…
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Richfield Patch rounds up ideas to help readers be a little more eco-friendly.
April 22 is Earth Day, as it has been for over 40 years. And in the spirit of being green, Wood Lake Nature Center Director Karen Shragg provided readers with 10 great ideas this past year. Since being eco-friendly never goes out of style, we've compiled all her responsible tips right here: 1) Make Your Own Non-Toxic Cleaners 2) Eggless Egg Salad Recipe 3) Keep Storm Drains Clean 4) Plant Native Trees 5) Picnic Without Paper 6) Reduce Car Trips 7) Throw a 'Green' Party 8) Solar Dry Your Sheets and Towels 9) Compost Fruit and Vegetable Leftovers 10) Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is Click on the blue title to see more on each tip. Put your own earth-friendly ideas in the comments section below! Happy Earth Day!
Friday, April 20, 2012
Karen Shragg offers some suggestions on how to celebrate Earth Day.
Editor's Note: The following was submitted by Karen Shragg, director of Wood Lake Nature Center and naturalist. The best advice I can offer for Earth Day is for each of us to commit to becoming as literate as possible about the environment. Check out the scientific basis for all of the articles you read, don’t believe things that are in the paper without vetting them. For example, Minnesota has doubled its population in a very short time but none of our natural resources have been able to keep up, is a fact that we rarely get to read about. Attend classes (we have some at Wood Lake), read non-fiction books and magazines about our planet’s health. Get outdoors and make your own observations about nature so you can start seeing the powerful …