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This and That

A bunch of random updates for this April afternoon…

Are you scared to compost or feel like you don’t have enough time? While I always insist that composting much easier than people think, I understand that it’s not for everyone for various reasons. So I'm happy to share that Renewal Compost services is now offering a drop-off site at the Concord Co-Op. No muss and no fuss! “Once you sign up with Renewal, you'll be able to pick up your starter kit right here at the Co-op! Drop off your compost as frequently as you need to - Renewal empties the compost bin weekly. Renewal then processes the food scraps locally, and each Spring customers will receive a bucket of soil-ready compost!” Sign-up here!" I personally plan to use this service once November hits, as my tumbler gets full and then freezes shut through the winter. I’m excited to now have a viable option, as I couldn't find a compost service that would stop in Concord.

Smartwool is also offering a return-to-reuse program. “We’re partnering with Material Return™ circularity platform to collect and deconstruct hard-to-recycle socks and turn them into new goods like dog beds—helping us reach our big sustainability and circularity goals.”

“Send us your old (but clean) socks by adding a take-back bag to your purchase. When you finish shopping, go to your cart, and you’ll see an option to add a bag for free to your order. (Don’t see it in your cart? Click here to add.)

  1. Fill the bag with unwanted socks (all brands and conditions accepted).

  2. Attach the pre-paid shipping label and drop it off at any FedEx location. We’ll grind up the socks and use them in new products to keep good materials out of landfills.” Learn more here.

Personally, I wish there was a way to access this program without having to purchase new items, but I suppose it's better than nothing. Plus socks are often a piece of clothing that I typically buy new.

Have you been preparing for Easter or Passover this weekend? With kids, I can understand the appeal of beautiful Easter baskets. They're a tradition and part of the fun, but basketing (is that a word?) doesn’t have to be wasteful. Hannah has some great ideas that can be reused every year, and no enjoyment is missing! In fact, view it as less to clean up afterwards! For Passover, think outside the “meat” box and/or how you source the meat. It can be hard to change traditions, but you can be more thoughtful about them. I’m trying some new recipes from this book:

Thinking ahead one week, looking to take an extra step this Earth Day? There's a rally in Portsmouth:

Lastly, if you follow Concord “hot-topics,” you know (not) extending Langley Parkway is one of them. An opinion piece that goes beyond the environmental repercussion of this extension, and focuses on the budgetary feasibility of the proposed project.

Have a great weekend!

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