New York City’s Plastic Bag Bill

plastic bag in treeIt’s the worst part of fall and winter. Once the leaves fall off the trees, the plastic bags caught up in their branches are exposed creating an eyesore that is particularly noticeable in the urban landscape.

Well, come this winter, we may see less of this mess. Soon those bags will cost a nickel in New York City.  The NY City Council has voted 28 to 20 to require certain retailers to collect a fee on each carryout bag, paper or plastic.

Read more

An Uncommon Bag

An Uncommon Bag

uncommongoods.comGot kids in New York City? That may mean that soccer, baseball, hockey and lacrosse are part of your routine.  Urban mothers have the same experiences as our suburban counterparts, but we usually travel by foot, subway, bus or cab; no car to throw in any amount of gear that may be needed.  The trick to making these treks about town, and beyond, is to pack light but pack what you’ll need for 4-5 hours out.  And, because we live in Manhattan, there is the unspoken rule to use a bag that looks hip/stylish/unique. That’s a lot to ask for in a bag but my friends at UncommonGoods had the answer to my needs.

Read more

E-Recycling Event, Jan.27, 2013

E-Recycling Event, Jan.27, 2013

Bring your unwanted or broken
electronics and gadgets to this recycling event, sponsored by the Lower East Side Ecology Center.

Items accepted:

• Computers (laptops and desktops, servers, mainframes)
• Monitors
• Printers, scanners, fax-machines, copiers
• Network devices (routers, hubs, modems, etc.)
• Peripherals (keyboards, mice, cables, cords, chargers, etc.)
• Tablets and E-readers
• Components (hard drives, CD-ROMs, circuit boards, power supplies, etc.)
• TVs, VCRs, DVRs, & DVD Players
• Digital Converter Boxes, Cable/Satellite Receivers
• Portable music players
• Audio-visual equipment
• Video-games
• Cell phones, pagers, PDAs
• Telecommunication (phones, answering machines, etc.)

The LES Ecology Center does not accept home appliances such as microwaves,
refrigerators, or air conditioners.

The event will be held rain, snow, or shine.

E-Recycling Event
DATE: January 27, 2013
LOCATION: 5 West 63rd Street
TIME: 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM
MORE INFO: www.lesecologycenter.org

What to do with your Christmas Tree….

What to do with your Christmas Tree….

  After a merry Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about what to do with your tree. What should you do? You should Treecycle it at MulchFest!


On Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13, NYC Parks will host the annual MulchFest from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at locations citywide. Bring your holiday tree to one of 80 designated parks to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city or your own garden! There will be 35 chipping sites and 45 drop-off sites throughout the five boroughs. And this year, you can bring your tree to a drop-off site starting January 9 and running through the 13th.