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Detroit’s Green Garage: Peggy Brennan

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Check out the transcript of RFC’s conversation with Peggy Brennan.

Peggy Brennan
The Detroit area is not always known for its forward thinking, Green initiatives. More often, Detroit is often coupled with negative press whether it is for its politics, its economical troubles or its crime news. Until now, that is. Tom and Peggy Brennan are heading up Detroit’s Green Garage. Luckily Peggy carved out some time in her already busy schedule to sit down and talk with us about their project.

“The Green Garage is basically three different things, a building, a business and a community. It’s a building in midtown that used to be a Model T showroom. We bought it at the very end of 2007 and right now it is undergoing a green and historic renovation. It is going to become a green business incubator and finally the last component of it, is it is a community of people,” said Brennan.

With the help of a team of architects, designers, and people from the community, the Brennan’s are undertaking this renovation with high hopes. They are looking to bring people together with a common goal. They are taking a “community based approach” to the renovation with plans to take everyone’s opinions into play so that it is not just one persons plan but yet a group’s collective decision.


Kodak Partners with Recycling for Charities

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Recycling for Charities has the privilege of announcing their partnership with Kodak in a joint effort to reduce electronic waste. Kodak will be sporting the Recycling for Charities logo on the front of their latest Kodak EasyShare M320 digital camera bundles. “This partnership is a testament to the benefit we provide as a charity and good corporate citizenship on the part of Kodak,” stated Dario Chiarini, President of Recycling for Charities. The new camera packages will make it as simple as possible for people to donate to charities. The outside will boast of the RFC connection and the inside will provide consumers with the paid postage label and the 3 easy steps to take.


Recycling for Charities & Detroit’s Eastern Market

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

The smart car and Recycling for Charities made an appearance at Detroit’s Eastern Market on Saturday November 7th, 2009. Recycling for Charities and Eastern Market partnered up to hold an e-waste recycling drive for the public. Set up behind shed 5 of Eastern Market, Recycling for Charities had the smart car on display as the public stop by to donate old cell phones, digital cameras, PDAs, and MP3 players.
RFC at Eastern Market

The electronics were accepted whether they were in working condition or not. For each item donated, Eastern Market will receive a monetary donation to be used towards their organization. Many of these electronics either end up in landfills polluting the environment or are stored around the house somewhere collecting dust.

While at Eastern Market, Recycling for Charities was given the chance to not only receive electronics to be recycled but also the opportunity to interact with the public. The smart car was on display catching the attention of the crowd as they walked by. People then became curious and began coming to the table to find out more about Recycling for Charities.

As the old electronic devices were being collected consumers were being taught exactly why it is important to recycle electronics and the harm of e-waste. Many of them were unaware of the problems caused by e-waste and that they could be a part of the solution. They soon realized that they were not only donating to Eastern Market for a good cause, but also doing the environment a favor by reducing e-waste.
RFC at Eastern Market

Overall, 43 items were collected to be recycled for a monetary value that will go directly back to Eastern Market. Recycling for Charities would like to thank everyone who stopped by to donate and learn more about the organization. Also, we would especially like to thank Eastern Market for their support and hospitality, which allowed this drive to be successful. Hopefully, in the near future Recycling for Charities and Eastern Market can partner up again to put on another e-waste recycling drive.

Benjamin Gott Proves Boxed Water is Better

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Check out the transcript of RFC’s conversation with Benjamin Gott.

Back in late September we wrote a blog featuring Boxed Water is Better, a water company that takes a more environmental approach than your traditional bottled water company. Boxed Water is Better is a company based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan that distributes water in cartons oppose to plastic bottles. The concept derives from the environmental issues that are caused by the overwhelming amount of plastic bottles entering landfills.

We were lucky enough to get in touch with the founder and designer of Boxed Water is Better, Benjamin Gott. He agreed to be a guest on our Recycling for Charities Podcast Radio Show to sit down and answer all of our questions about Boxed Water is Better.
Benjamin Gott

It all started with a simple idea of creating a new bottled water brand. Sounds simple right? Well Gott didn’t want it to be just like every other brand. He wanted one that was kinder to the environment and also gives back at the same time. His solution was instead of packaging water in a plastic bottle he would bring back the old school carton and use that instead. Hence, the name Boxed Water is Better.


Don’t forget to recycle your own running shoes!

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Back in 1993 Nike introduced their “Reuse-a-Shoe” program which was their effort to keep their shoes out of landfills. It has been over 15 years since this program launched and Nike has recycled more than one and a half million pairs of athletic shoes each year. All of Nike’s brand shoes are recyclable. They used the recycled material in their products of Nike Grind Rubber, Foam and Upper.

For example, Nike Grind Foam is made from the midsoles and then incorporated into basketball and tennis court surfaces. The fabric from the Nike Grind upper is reused as padding for volleyball and indoor basketball courts. Just incase you can’t picture how many shoes that is; it would take about 2,500 pairs to make a basketball or tennis court and over 75,000 to make a running track. Not only do they recycle their shoes into athletic surfaces but they also use them for buttons and accessories on their new Nike items as well.

Nike generously accepts all brands of shoes into their recycle program but they only want running, walking or athletic shoes. They will not accept cleats or shoes with metal on them along with dress shoes, sandals or flip-flops.

If you’re dirty old sneakers are well past their prime, don’t throw them in the trash, the rubber on those soles will be in a landfill for at least 50 years. Look up a Nike-Reuse-a-Shoe drop off location and look at it as giving back to the community. Nike has resurfaces the basketball courts in Boys and Girls clubs and school tracks.

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