Monday, April 14, 2014

[Earth Day Edition] Conduct Your Own Trash Walk & Trash Blog


Trash doesn’t discriminate you can find it in anywhere; whether, in a downtown, midtown or rural neighborhood. Do you have an empty lot or field in your area that is an eyesore because of litter? Our neighborhood does. This spring because of the epic winds my husband and I have encountered litter on our daily walks with our rescue dog Pepper and decided to do something about it.

A couple year's back my husband and I moved to a more rural neighborhood in Elkhorn, NE., and winter remnants of trash this year are the worst it's ever been. Why? Because of something we call “wind litter.” On more than one occasion, I've looked out the window and have seen our neighbor's recycled trash blow down the street. So, we've picked up trash in lots around our house and decided to blog about it.
Elkhorn recyclables ready for the curb.

We found: Wine bottles, water bottles, beer cans, drink boxes, ribbon, card board boxes, cereal boxes, mail, plastic netting, pop cans, foam, milk bottles, Styrofoam, strands of plastic, trash bag box, plastic bags, landscaping border, plastic and food cans.

I can’t take credit for this blog post. I borrowed this concept from a former colleague--Professor Emeritus David E. Corbin. He’s done his own Trash Blog in Midtown Omaha for years. Read about it at Talking (and walking) Trash.

So, this Earth Day do what Dr. Corbin and The Brown's did and conduct your own Trash Walk or Trash Blog. If you’re up for the pop-we eco living challenge: go a step further and help fight litter in your community by throwing trash away properly before it becomes litter. Let’s keep the world beautiful not just on Earth Day but year round.


In celebration of the 44th anniversary of Earth Day population-we™ staffers will celebrate our love for planet earth with green posts the entire month of April! Thanks for reading our second Earth Day post. 


- population-we blog post by Becky Bohan Brown 
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Monday, April 7, 2014

[Earth Day Edition] Buying Recycled Paint

The paint.
On the last painting project The Brown’s undertook we decided not to buy paint the conventional way, at a big box store. That combined with wanting to buy sustainable paint--we chose to go to the Habitat for Humanity Omaha ReStore.

There are 825 Habitat ReStores in the U.S. and Canada. These Habitat ReStores provide a socially and environmentally responsible way to keep good, reusable materials out of landfills.

Brian and I were very aware of what this store Humanity Omaha Restore had to offer; since, we’d been there before and helped with a life-long friend bring this very store to fruition. Read about our volunteering effort here.

At Habitat’s ReStore, our first choice is Amazon Paint, which is repurposed paint. This is rescued paint from government, stores, construction and consumers. Amazon’s goal since 1992 has been to repurpose and reprocess paint. It's good paint. In fact, the paint is inspected through a processing and filtering system.

A Burnt Corral wall at The Browns.
On our visit to the West Maple Habitat ReStore, we didn’t see any Amazon paint in our color choice. So, we investigated further and there it was--a five-gallon bucket that spoke to me. It was Sophir Morris paint, which we’d later call “Burnt Corral.” Why? Because it reminded me of the very first corral Brian & I ever saw while scuba diving in Jamaica.

We paid $35 for a five-gallon bucket (shown above). I thank whomever donated this paint to the ReStore! Because each and every day we see our walls we are reminded of our scuba adventures in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Have a painting project in mind? If so, consider buying paint from a Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Indeed, in the end when I look at my burnt corral walls these words echo in my head, “home improvement never felt so good...because it's repurposed paint!”


In celebration of the 44th anniversary of Earth Day population-we™ staffers will celebrate our love for planet earth with green posts the entire month of April! Thanks for reading our first Earth Day post. 


- population-we blog post by Becky Bohan Brown 
© 2014 population-we, LLC
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