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Can You Recycle Synthetic Fabrics?

By Mr. Everest I admit it. I wear a lot of synthetics. They’re high-performance fabrics that have enabled me to thrive in the world’s coldest, windiest, wettest, and sometimes hottest climates. I’ve spent 25 years working with designers of outdoor clothing to ensure the highest performance possible for the clothes athletes’ and explorers’ lives depend […]

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An Ode to Freecycle

By Liesl Clark This week I freecycled 4 things that equalled about 350 lbs of stuff. And I acquired 40 raspberry canes for my garden. The items I got rid of were ready for a new home and all I had to do was put them out by my front door. The items I acquire […]

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Clothes The Loop With The North Face

By Pete Athans Living on an island means we don’t have access to a lot of services and conveniences. We like that. A 35-minute ferry ride delivers us into what feels like the bowels of Seattle, ejecting ferry-riders beneath a highway underpass, a continuous stream of cars, buses and trucks humming above. Just around the […]

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Start an Annual Holiday Free Gift Boutique

By Liesl Clark When I was a little girl, I had dreams of owning a shop and offering everything for free. I wanted to take money out of the bargain and let those who truly needed a loaf of bread to simply have it, no strings attached, just free. I imagined the happy faces when […]

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The Trash Backwards App Beta is Live!

Presenting the Trash Backwards Web App! We’re celebrating America Recycles Day with the launch of our curated database web app. We hope you’ll join us, using our web resource to go beyond recycling to embrace the even more important Rs, Reduce, Reuse, and Re-Think. We have a guide here to help you get the most out […]

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Donate Your Wigs

By Liesl Clark No need to throw away a dress up wig or even a real one. A local theater or children’s group would likely love to acquire your wigs for reuse in productions again and again. Do you have an interesting reuse for wigs?

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What We Did with Our Summer Vacation

or Trash Backwards at the Rotary Auction by Rebecca Rockefeller, republished from Rock Farmer My daughters and I took last week off to join my fellow Trash Backwards co-founder Liesl Clark in turning an entire 40-yard dumpster’s trash backwards with our bare hands (gloves might be prudent, but I prefer skin-to-trash contact). My hometown is […]

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The Last Plastic-Free Place on Earth. Well, Almost.

It was a plastic bag, of all things, that spooked the young Tibetan horse into a bucking frenzy. We had just saddled him up and tied some snacks onto the already-packed saddle bags. Our 9-year-old son, Finn, was his rider. Something about the unfamiliar sound of crinkling plastic set the horse off and 10 seconds […]

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The Last Plastic-Free Places on Earth: Zero Waste Traveling

by Liesl Clark Pack up your zero waste travel kit and join us on our first installment of a global series seeking out the last places on Earth that are devoid of the most pervasive and permanent of human footprints: Plastic. (Reprinted from Pioneeringthesimplelife.wordpress.com) “Our flying time today will be 10 hours 41 minutes.” We […]

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Pencils

by Liesl Clark You might say we have a lot of pencils. We do. Some families have good toy or book karma, ours has pencil karma. Pencils come into our home at an alarming rate. It’s mostly because we work with schools and communities to reduce their waste, and pencils seem to be an item […]

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