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Recycle/reuse & Waste Reduction - a place to start


{Nature_and_Environment.82.1}: Lillian Brummet {write2right} Wed, 30 Aug 2006 11:58:46 CDT (138 lines)

Hello to all on this forum,

I was thrilled to see Utne Magazine's recent coverage of the book I
co-wrote with my husband - Trash Talk. I hope you'll take the time to
read this post which offers a lot of free environmental articles, book
reviews and more...

About the Authors

Between the two of us, we are authors, poets, photographers and book
reviewers - our work has appeared in a variety of publications around
the globe. My poetry book, Towards Understanding - a collection of 120
poems, was released in 2005. The first 5 years of our Column, Trash
Talk, was developed into a book by the same name and released in 2004.
We were honored with an award for "outstanding use of various media in
ongoing outreach work to reduce waste in our environment" by the
Recycling Council of British Columbia. We have also been awarded a
certificate of Appreciation for our volunteer contributions to Seeds
of Diversity.

About Our Website

Authors, Dave and Lillian Brummet, have generously put together an
extensive website ( that has a
growing page of nearly 70 links to waste and resource organizations.
This site provides something for nearly everyone including teachers,
parents, caregivers, frugal individuals and environmental groups.
Enjoy the free service called "Tip-of-the-Month" where visitors can
learn and share reduction and reuse ideas. The Writing Page and the
About Us page will lead to many more articles, press releases,
interviews, interesting book reviews and other information that both
readers and the media would find useful.

About Trash Talk

People are constantly bombarded with negative information about the
environment and our resources. Feeling powerless because we cannot
afford to donate cash or time to a cause, we begin to feel overwhelmed
by the immense environmental problems our world faces. In Trash Talk,
we focus on changing people's mindset to a more open, hopeful and
proactive one. Not by finger-pointing at corporations and governments,
but by starting in our own homes, at our own desks.
*Trash Talk began as a series of articles that focused on ways the
average person can make small changes to do their part for the Earth.
We compiled all the articles and other information that we could not
fit in the limited space of our bi-weekly column into this book. Trash
Talk embarks on frugal and conscious living techniques for the
individual. We focus on the reuse of "waste" materials and reducing
the consumption of resources. Trash talk is written to empower people
to feel more positive about their worth as individuals in a hectic,
expensive, environmentally stressed world. We show how to make a real
and visible difference, while saving money at the same time.
*Trash Talk could be an excellent resource in the classroom for
recycling, environmental and gardening programs. Educators/caregivers
can use the book to teach gardening skills (seed saving, composting,
tree planting) and Vermiculture (worm composting) - the students can
build their own worm bin and learn from the "worm farm". (Did you know
that compost worms (red wigglers) can produce 2,000-9,000 babies
annually?) Craft websites are listed for artistic projects using
"waste" items. The book could be used as a tool for probing young
minds to come up with original reuse ideas or environmental activities
that the group can participate in. 140 resources listed at the back of
the book will lead educators and individuals to new information and
ideas. Trash Talk is at the Grade 10 level of reading, however, in the
hands of a teacher the concepts and projects can easily be implemented
as early as Grade 4.
*Trash Talk has been globally received and locally embraced. Eagle
bulletin (South Africa), Conservation and Recycling Journal
(Netherlands),  Natural Life Magazine (Canada) and Alternatives
Magazine (USA) - are some examples of this global support. Trash Talk
has had some limited coverage in the UK through both online and print
publications including: Warmer Bulletin (July 2004), Scrap Magazine
(March/April 2006). Georgina Bloomfield of the UK branch for Friends
of the Environment has reviewed the book and heartily recommends it.
The most recent exposure in the UK region was in Sept, 2006 with
Heavens Promotions Newsletter.

Recent and Upcoming Published Exposure (going back only 6 months):

- On a Whim E-zine - Feb. 2006 (
- Spirit of Nature (USA) - Feb. 2006
- U-Magazine - Feb/March 2006 (
- Christian Mommies E-zine - Feb. 2006
- Scrap Magazine (UK) - March/April 2006
- Natural Life Magazine (Canada) - March/April 2006 l & May/June 2006
- Conservation and Recycling Journal (Netherlands) - Spring 2006
- Ascent Aspirations - April 2006 (
- Southwest Blend E-zine - April 2006 (
- The Burrow E-newsletter - April 2006 (
- Spirit Quest E-zine - Issue 7 (
- Alternatives Magazine (USA) - March/May 2006
- Inner Change Magazine (online) - June 2006 (http://
- Easy Web Talk E-zine - June 2006 (
- Improve Home Life E-zine - June 2006 (
- Author Reviews E-zine - June 2006 (
- American Chronicle E-zine - June 2006 (http://
- Utne Magazine (USA) - July/August 2006 also online at (http://
- South West Blend Guide 2006 (USA)
- Chaotic Chronicles E-zine - August 2006 (
- Heaven Sent Spiritual E-zine (UK)- Sept 2006 (http://
- Balanced Living Magazine (USA) - Sept/Oct 2006
- Whole Living Journal (USA) - Sept/Oct 2006


Dave & Lillian Brummet

Authors of:

Trash Talk - An Inspirational Guide to Saving Time & Money through
Better Waste & Resource Management ISBN#1-4137-2518-X

Towards Understanding - a collection of 120 poems on society, the
environment & overcoming trauma.  ISBN# 1-4137-9337-1

Members Of:*Seeds Of Diversity Canada *&*The Recycling Council of



{Nature_and_Environment.82.2}: Tom Elliot {telliot} Wed, 30 Aug 2006 18:22:11 CDT (HTML)

Hi Lillian and welcome to the New Cafe. Normally we discourage advertising of websites or other products here at the Cafe but your subject matter is on topic for this forum. If you would like to continue a discussion in here about the subject matter of your book and related issues I heartily encourage you to do so. It can be very helpful and illuminating to have a book's authors here for a discussion.

One note, we are no longer associate with Utne Magazine (which has itself been sold) but we are the community that began its existence as Cafe Utne and we welcome you to our humble little online village.


{Nature_and_Environment.82.3}: Rhea Nodel {claudi} Wed, 11 Oct 2006 21:44:53 CDT (31 lines)

Hi everybody
I am an occasional visitor at the New Cafe and I thought that perhaps
some of you might have some useful input to this waste management
issue that I have.
I have been actively discouraging vedors to use packaging I cannot
recycle.  I swear I do it nicely.
Yesterday I received a large box with some pottery items that - to my
dismay was entirely packaged inlayers of all plastic DHL bubble wrap
envelopes embedded in styro peanuts.
To this I need to add that I like this man.  I've only had email
contact with him, but he seemed like a gentle spirit and his work is
plain and clean.
So I sent him an email telling him how beautiful the work is and that
I have feedback about his packaging - I wished it was more recyclable.
I understand that pottery is different from other shippables.
Perhaps I should not have prefaced it with the word "feedback"?
He sent me back a simple email stating that his only concern is making
sure nothing breaks in transit.  Somehow the tone was a bit less friendly.
One would think a potter cared about the earth . . .
Would it be rude to do some research for him and give him pointers?  I
mean, offending someone is generally not a good way to keep a subject
open.  Oiherwise I'd just sent the stuff back to him - the packaging
part, I mean.
I like his pottery though and I don't just want to give up on him,
particularly in view of the fact that he ships breakables all the time
- entire landfills worth of packaging.
diplomacy lessons
anything useful


{Nature_and_Environment.82.4}: Tom Elliot {telliot} Wed, 11 Oct 2006 22:57:55 CDT (HTML)

Hi Rhea, welcome to the Nature and Environment forum.

Well, I don't think one can necessarily assume that just because someone is a potter that he's automaticaly concerned with recycling. On the flip side he's likely suffered some serious losses in transit that cost him considerable income and pissed off his customers. So I'd recommend approaching it from that awareness also.

It might help to do a little research ahead of time. If you do business with him then you know where he's located. Try looking up recycling places in his area and maybe try to find places that provide the biodegradeable "popcorn" cornstarch packing peanuts or some of the shredded cardboard soft packing material and letting him know they are available. It could also be price sensitive, he may not be able to afford the environmentally friendly stuff.

Also, he could be recycling packing material he's received himself, so what you got is already recycled once.


{Nature_and_Environment.82.5}: Tonu Aun {tonu} Thu, 12 Oct 2006 00:23:48 CDT (5 lines)

Best check what is the norm in Scandinavia --- both in Sweden and
Finland the packaging is the responsibility of the manufacturer. Buy
anything at a store and leave ALL the packaging for them to worry
about. Interesting to see how the retail outlets are putting pressure
on their suppliers to cut out waste.


{Nature_and_Environment.82.6}: John Wilson {doorman} Thu, 12 Oct 2006 15:56:16 CDT (4 lines)

A friend of mine here in DC has written a thorough book on the toxic
drinking water we are subject to these days.  "A drinker's guide to
pure water - Is your water safe?"  by Zalman P. Saperstein.  You can
get it on Amazon - I suggest you do.  It is an eye opener.


{Nature_and_Environment.82.7}: Rhea Nodel {claudi} Thu, 12 Oct 2006 21:14:23 CDT (12 lines)

Thanks for the input

I know there are great alternate packaging options available and I
will research some suppliers for him.  At the same time I realize that
he probably does get all this packaging free from the shipper.

They did that in Germany in the eighties - leaving the packaging at
the stores.  Now the manufacturers even have to take back worn out and
broken appliances. It's changing the way they make them.  There, it
was the people that brought it about.  It was a pretty small movement
when it first started.  I wonder whether it would work here in the US.
Well, things are changing here too.  It just seems so slow . . .


{Nature_and_Environment.82.8}: William Lynn {billcorno} Sat, 14 Oct 2006 21:43:10 CDT (8 lines)

I learned from another green person that you can take packing peanuts
to UPS and they'll take them for reuse.

   There are options, I think.


   William Lynn


{Nature_and_Environment.82.9}: Rhea Nodel {claudi} Sun, 15 Oct 2006 06:50:54 CDT (14 lines)

I love that I'm a "green person".  I think of us kind of like leprechauns.
Any way - I did find out a few things.  One of them was that the
National Green Pages were once again useless.  There was not single
oackaging/shipping supplier listed.
There was however a company listed as Co-op America shipping and to my
astonishment I found DHL listed there along with other big-name
shippers.  So of course I called Co-op America.  The person I spoke to
said that they're reexamining their relationship with these companies
and attempting to influence them toward more responsible practices.
Meanwhile they're in the Green Pages, while companies that carry
cornstarch peanuts are not.
Possibly more to come . . .


{Nature_and_Environment.82.10}: ... {wren1111} Tue, 13 Mar 2007 01:55:10 CDT (HTML)

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{Nature_and_Environment.82.11}: ... {wren1111} Sun, 07 Oct 2007 16:36:03 CDT (HTML)

Freecycle ""

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,133 groups with 3,924,000 members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them's good people). Membership is free.


{Nature_and_Environment.82.12}: pictou {pictou} Sun, 07 Oct 2007 21:29:57 CDT (HTML)

Freecycle is great! I gave away some of my mother's worn furniture to college students. The great thing about it is the takers are usually prepared with a truck and means to transport. I whole heartedly endorse.


{Nature_and_Environment.82.13}: Suzanne Griffith {sggriffith} Sun, 28 Oct 2007 02:48:44 CDT (2 lines)

It's super. People want stuff you think is completely useless and too
big to take to the dump.


{Nature_and_Environment.82.14}: pictou {pictou} Tue, 30 Oct 2007 21:00:54 CDT (HTML)

I like the fact that they're willing to pick it up when convenient for ME!


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