Part 3 -1% for Nature

As part of our New Year’s Resolution to go Zero Waste and do our part to help ourselves and our community, we teamed up with a new local organization called 1% for Nature.

We will be accepting voluntary contributions at our office in support of preserving nature in Monroe County! One dollar is all we ask!

All gifts will help protect land and enhance public access to wildlife, habitat, trails, parks, and streams.

Part of health and wellness on all levels is our connection to nature.

Science now shows that time spent outside and in nature can reduce stress and help to restore balance in the nervous system.

This is our county. There is so much abundance and beauty to explore. We hope to join with you and this wonderful organization to protect special places and make them accessible for people and wildlife.

1% for Nature is a non-profit organization that will award grants to non-profit organizations or government entities that are protecting land and/or making it accessible for people to enjoy!

We thank you in advance for your help.

Anita and Louise

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Reduce, Reuse, Recyle – Even More, Part 2!

Earlier this week, in our blog, Reduce, Reuse, Recylcle – Even More!, we talked about the free programs available to our community through Wellspring Holistic Center.  Today, we would like to share some of the resources that we have discovered and have been using.  We hope you will join us.

Since we are far from perfect, there are some foods that we have not been willing to give up that are packaged in plastic, so we have made it a priority to recycle that plastic in our plastic recycle box purchased from Terracycle.  Since purchasing our plastic recycle box, our trash can has been virtually empty. Since January we have only thrown away a couple of small plastic bags full of trash.

We also have found several local companies that will either allow us to bring our own glass containers (Pyrex makes a glass bottom and top) for purchasing beef, poultry, pork, and fish or just wrap it in paper.

           

We have always brought our own cloth and recycled bags to the grocery store. We now added a wonderful line of canvas and cloth vegetable and bulk food bags.  As a bonus, we find that they keep our vegetables fresher longer.

We still have a small chip addiction and if you have come to the office, you may have caught us with our mouths full!  Lucky for us some Subaru car dealerships have teamed up with Terracycle and created a program called, Subaru Loves the Earth.  We will be bringing our chip bags to a local dealership in Bethlehem, PA. (soon!)

Make sure to read our next blog, Part 3, on our new partnership with 1% for Nature.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Even More!

 

As many of you read in our first blog, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, one of our New Year’s resolution is to reduce our consumption of products sold in plastic and recycle as much plastic as possible. Needless to say, it has been an interesting and sometimes frustrating journey.  Try an experiment yourself: look in your shopping cart before you check out and see how many things are packaged in plastic! We have found that there are some alternatives to buy in glass, cardboard, or cans, but there are other things that are only sold in plastic.  It has been hard giving up purchasing some of these items but we are holding strong on our commitment.  We have taken our own containers to some places where they will allow us to take home the food without the plastic. However, we are not perfect.  See Part 2 of our blog (out later this week) for more information and suggestions. It has been amazing as well as gratifying to see that we are making a difference, no matter how small it might be.

Some of you also may remember that as part of Wellspring’s personal commitment to the environment, we have teamed up with Terracycle to help our community recycle a little more plastic. When you enter Wellspring, you will find 4 trashcans that are labeled to identify each specific program.  Here is what we can recycle so far:

Energy Bar Wrapper Recycling Program: Clif Bar®

Program accepted waste: Foil-lined energy bar wrappers; foil-lined granola bar wrappers; foil-lined meal replacement bar wrappers; foil-lined protein bar wrappers; foil-lined diet bar wrappers; Clif Bar & Co. wrappers from Clif Bars, Luna Bars, MOJO, Builders, Crunch, Clif Kid Z-Bar, Kits Organic, Clif Kid Z-Fruit, Shot Bloks, Shot Gels, and Shot Drinks; pouches from Clif Organic Energy Food.

Note: This program recycles any brand that meets these requirements!

Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Recycling Program

Program accepted waste: Mouthwash bottles and caps, deodorant containers and caps, toothpaste tubes and caps, soap packaging, floss containers, and toothbrushes.

Note: This program recycles any brand that meets these requirements!

Gillette® Razor Recycling Program


Program accepted waste: All brands of blades and razors (systems and disposable units, and replaceable-blade cartridge units), rigid plastic packaging, and flexible plastic bag packaging.

Note: This program recycles any brand that meets these requirements!

E-Waste Recycling Program


Program accepted waste: Standard cell phones, smart phones, iPhones, select inkjet cartridges (from HP and Canon only), laptops, notebooks, netbooks, iPads and tablets.

  1. As more programs become available, Wellspring will continue to expand and offer as much free recycling as possible to our community.  If you have any questions about what you can recycle or where to drop it off, please do not hesitate to email us at wellspring@wellspringholisticcenter.com or call us at 570-421-3708.