Jean Greenwood (above) is an avid recycler and artist using salvaged materials. She lives in Minneapolis. To receive her full list of green ideas, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Read about how Greenwood accumulated merely two bags of garbage in an entire year and her advice on how you can lessen your environmental footprint, too. tinyurl.com/lu3b74s
Jean Greenwood photograph by Emma Freeman
Sometimes it's hard to know what or how to keep things away from the landfill. Jean Greenwood, ace recycler, has compiled her personal list of resources to share with Women's Press readers:
Metal: These businesses typically buy metals such as copper pipe, insulated wire, aluminum cans, pots, shovels, siding and windows.
K&K Metal Recycling, 1728 N. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-521-9212, www.kkmr.net. Leder Brothers Metal Co., 3240 Snelling Ave. S., Mpls., 612-721-6244, www.lederbros.com.
Plastics: Aveda retail stores and the Aveda Institute accept plastic bottle caps and now also various plastic bottles, jars, tubes and pumps. Visit the Aveda Experience Centers at Southdale, the Mall of America and Blaine or the Aveda Institute at 400 Central Ave. SE., Mpls.
Many grocery stores accept plastic bags and wrappers for recycling.
Whole Foods stores in St. Paul and near Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis accept No. 1-5 and 7 plastics, plus clear bags.
30 Fairview Ave S., St. Paul, 651-690-0197, or 3060 Excelsior Blvd., Mpls., 612-927-8141.
Miscellaneous: The ArtStart organization typically accepts gift boxes, grocery bags, CDs, corks, string, yarn, dowels, fabric, buttons, clean scrap paper, tissue paper, red mesh bags, cardboard egg cartons, bottle caps and paper towel rolls. See website for other donation ideas. 1459 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul, 651-698-2787, www.art-start.org.
Packaging or mailing stores: Many accept nonbiodegradable packing peanuts and other packing materials.
Dry cleaners: accept metal hangers.
Johanna Shores Senior Living: accepts used greeting cards. 3200 Lake Johanna Blvd., Arden Hills, 651-631-6000.
Ideas for composting Did you know you can compost these food scraps? Fruits and vegetables; bread, pasta and baked goods; eggshells; coffee grounds
Did you know you can compost these food-soiled paper products? Paper towels and napkins; paper plates and cups; milk and juice cartons; pizza boxes; egg cartons; boxes from frozen and refrigerated foods; waxed paper and paper containers; coffee filters and tea bags
Did you know these items are also compostable?
Full vacuum cleaner bags; dryer lint; tissues and cotton balls; floral trimmings and house plants; wrapping paper
Reducing junk mail "Junk Mail Madness - How to Make it Stop" is recommended reading: tinyurl.com/y9bz8ao