• Fabric Flowers Sprout from Recycled Material

    My grandmother used to say necessity is the mother of invention, and I think she was right. Californians dispose of more material during times of abundance; when the economy is flush, our wallets open wide and we buy new things, wrapped in lots of packaging, and we throw out old things. Some of these old things still have a lot of life in them, especially if we get creative! Full story…
    (Posted by Christina Files on Jul 20, 2017)
  • How an Upside-Down Triangle Can Help Save Our Planet

    The food recovery hierarchy prioritizes actions governments, businesses, and other organizations can take to reduce food waste or divert non-edible material in the most beneficial way for the environment, society, and the economy. Full story…
    (Posted by Lance Klug on Jul 3, 2017)
  • Green Weddings: Your Eco-Friendly Guide

    Cheap wedding favors are often overlooked or forgotten by guests, and that can add up to a lot of uneaten Jordan almonds in plastic bags or paper boxes at the end of the big day. Swap those tossable favors and think about a special memento that won’t get tossed into the trash on the way out the reception hall. You could give live tree saplings or succulents, bookmarks with poems on them, or jam in reusable mason jars. Full story…
    (Posted by Christina Files on Jun 15, 2017)
  • Life’s What You Bake It: How I Started Sieving My Dreams

    As many people do at the turn of the calendar, I started evaluating my life. Job? Check! Education? Check! House with a cool artificial drought-friendly lawn? Check! I was left with a big, “Now what?” hanging over me. The only logical answer was cake … and not just one cake, but 52—one every week for the entire year. Full story…
    (Posted by TC Clark on Jun 12, 2017)
  • CalRecycle Staff Attends LA Environmental Justice Symposium

    The Environmental Health and Enforcement Symposium, hosted in part by the Los Angeles Environmental Justice Network, took place on April 10and 11 in downtown Los Angeles. Communication—both among CalEPA’s boards, departments, and offices and between regulators and community members—was a key theme of the symposium. CalRecycle representatives attended to hear directly from community members and to network with other regulatory agencies. Full story…
    (Posted by Claudia Espinoza-Castro and Angela Vincent on Jun 5, 2017)
  • How to Host an Eco-Friendly Picnic

    Entertaining in the great outdoors is a lot of fun. Instead of buying dishes and decorations for each event, think about your overall entertaining style and invest in some reusable items that will be kinder to Mother Earth and your pocketbook in the long run. Pick out classic designs in coordinating color schemes to get the most mileage out of your picnic supplies. Swap out single-use items for items you can pull out of your picnic basket year after year. Full story…
    (Posted by Christina Files on Jun 1, 2017)