About those clothes hangers: Goodwill wants them!

My recent query to our regional Goodwill (Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio) about whether they want discarded/surplus clothes hangers brought this response from Maureen Ater, their Vice President of Marketing & Fund Development:

“Good morning, Lenore! YES, we absolutely would accept hangers and are in need of hangers many times at our different locations. Thank you for thinking of Goodwill and thank you for your continued support!”

Thank you, Maureen!

So you can stop wondering how to get rid of all those clothes hangers (wire, plastic, combination, wood, whatever): take them to Goodwill, and Keep Them Out of the Landfill!

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Protect yourself from identity theft: Community Paper Shred Day, Saturday, April 13 at Mentor Library

On Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mentor Public Library invites Mentor residents and library patrons to bring documents to be shredded to the Main Library’s auxiliary parking lot at the corner of Mentor Avenue and Sharonlee Drive (map).

Mentor Public Library is hosting the Community Paper Shred event in partnership with XPress Shredding of Mentor, at no cost to the library or participants. The event will go on no matter the weather: rain or shine, or even (oh, please, no!) snow.

Mentor Public Library logo

(credit: Mentor Public Library)

How much of your paper will be accepted?

Bring as many as five paper-storage boxes of documents (paper grocery bags are acceptable), which will be:

  • Unloaded from your car (you don’t need to get out of your vehicle).
  • Placed into locked bins.
  • Moved to a secured truck attended at all times by XPress Shredding staff.
  • Taken to XPress Shredding’s facility to be thoroughly destroyed.
  • Finally, recycled.

Protect your identity: shred your documents, and Keep Them Out of the Landfill.

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About those Target hangers …

Almost two years ago, I posted a notice saying that Target stores will take back plastic-and-metal hangers. Two of you corrected me: Target will take back its own hangers, but not others. It’s taken me way too long to do this, but I finally corrected my original post. If you’re still in doubt about how Target recycles hangers, here’s the corrected post.

An overdue thank you goes to the kind readers who called my attention to my error, and, of course, thanks to all of you who read my blog.

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Zero Waste at the Super Bowl

Waste Advantage Magazine (January 30, 2018) reports that “this year, the NFL, along with U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, food service provider Aramark, and sponsoring company PepsiCo are teaming up in an attempt to host the first-ever zero-waste Super Bowl.”

The full article is here.

A Sweet Little Piano? A Set of Floral Design Coffee Mugs?

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll enjoy exploring The Gathering Place September Warehouse Sale.

When:

  • Saturday, September 23, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 24, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Where: 4911 Commerce Parkway, Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128 (map)

From some of the area’s finest gently used furniture to delightful bibelots and just the right piece of jewelry, you’ll find yourself surrounded by things to admire, and things you’ll want to acquire (click here to see just a few of the items for sale).

Terms of the sale: cash or credit cards only

To make the most of your purchase, take this coupon with you:

The Gathering Place coupon for September 2017 Warehouse Sale

For more information, call 216-595-9546.

Proceeds support The Gathering Place‘s free programs & services for those currently coping with a cancer diagnosis. To learn more about The Gathering Place, visit their website: https://touchedbycancer.org/.

Shop recycled at The Gathering Place Warehouse Sale:
save money, take home beautiful things,
keep heirloom-quality home furnishings from going to waste.

The Gathering Place is grateful to all of its supporters for helping it to achieve its mission
of supporting, educating, and empowering individuals and families touched by cancer.

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Shop Recycled: The Gathering Place Warehouse Sale Is Not Your Everyday Warehouse Sale

If you’ve already experienced one of The Gathering Place’s Warehouse Sales, you know what you’ll find there: some of Northeast Ohio’s finest gently used furniture, china, glassware, artwork, home accessories, and jewelry.

If you’ve never shopped at The Gathering Place Warehouse Sale, and you love bargains, you owe it to yourself to visit this one.

Besides the rooms full of beautiful, attractively priced merchandise, I love these sales for the little things I find there. I’ve come home with a Revere Ware stockpot, a Corningware pan (to which I had the matching lid), and a small carved wooden giraffe for a giraffe-collecting stepdaughter — none of them over ten dollars. (I had to pass up the baby grand piano.)

Check out this link for a look at just a few of the items on offer.

Where
The Gathering Place Warehouse
4911 Commerce Parkway
Warrensville Heights, 44128
(Click here for map.)

When
Saturday, August 26, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Sunday, August 27, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

This season’s sale features such new arrivals as:

Framed Impressionist and Floral Posters
Vintage Furnishings
Lamps and Artwork
Sterling Silver and Designer Jewelry

To make the most of your purchase, take this coupon with you.TGPWS1708xxCoupon

Cash or Credit Cards Only
For more information, call 216-595-9546

Proceeds from the sale support The Gathering Place’s free programs and services for those currently coping with a cancer diagnosis. To learn more about The Gathering Place, visit their web site: https://touchedbycancer.org/.

Shop recycled at The Gathering Place Warehouse Sale:
save money, take home beautiful things,
and keep heirloom-quality home furnishings from going to waste.

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How Climate-Friendly is Your Dinner Table?

7 Links Between the Food on Your Plate and Our Changing Climate: that was the eye-catching title of a June 13, 2017 online article in Modern Farmer.

Organic advocates proudly point to improved water quality and better habitat for the birds and bees as a result of their food choices. But what of the biosphere and its ability to sustain life as we know it? How do you measure the global warming impact of what’s on your plate?

The article goes on to consider the greenhouse gas effects of many of our favorite foods.

Did you know that:

  • “Organic” and “sustainable” have virtually nothing to do with each other?
  • Lettuce is three times more carbon-intensive than bacon? (Michael Symon should enjoy that tidbit!)
  • Grains, on the whole, are low carbon-intensive? (Rice cultivation, however, is estimated to be responsible for 10% of all global agricultural emissions.)
  • Meats, butter, and cheese have a larger carbon footprint than milk?
  • The components of beef chili produce more than twenty times as much greenhouse gas as the ingredients in lentil soup?

According to the article, the food system produces as much as 29% of greenhouse gas emissions globally, more than transportation, energy production, or any other human endeavor.

  • Click here to read the full article.
  • To do your own research, follow this link to the Food Carbon Emissions Calculator.
  • A link to a further website, eatlowcarbon.org, lets you explore the greenhouse gas emissions of nearly 100 meals.

One issue that the article does not specifically address is the effect of transportation (although the Food Carbon Emissions Calculator does so). The lettuce you grow in your garden may be more sustainable than the bacon you bought at the supermarket — but if you grow your own pork, all bets are off.

This article may or may not change your eating habits, but if you’re having a day when you want to do something nice for the planet, it might help you decide to make your smoothie with peaches and almond milk instead of strawberries and yogurt.

While this issue is a little aside from Keep It Out of the Landfill’s usual focus on waste reduction and disposal, I was struck by its presentation of facts and resources.

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