why Cleenland will be closed September 20th: Global Climate Strike

On my high school senior yearbook page (lol), I included the well-trodden Albert Einstein quote, “We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” 10+ years of existential angst later, Cleenland is open. I’ve learned different thinking is fantastic, but mostly when it leads to different action because that’s what creates change. What is “the way things are done” other than a series of actions done by enough people that everyone else thinks it’s “normal”

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Sarah Levy
How to prep jars for refill

Let’s say you just housed some pickled okra and think to yourself, “this jar would be perfect to refill with face scrub or bath salts from Cleenland! But the label is stuck on and the lid smells like a BBQ joint..."

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Sarah Levy
Cleenland visits the recycling center: here’s what we learned

I visited Casella’s recycling center in Charlestown, MA to see firsthand what happens to the waste we put in the recycling bin. I was also curious to learn how the changes China made last year to its rules about what post-consumer material it will import are impacting our local waste management systems. Spoiler alert: it’s not all sunshine and cute green triangles of arrows pointing at each other.

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Sarah Levy
Suuuper abbreviated economics of recycling: why more and more recycling is actually trashed

Since recycling programs began in the U.S., they have been run as a business. Rather than a charitable activity to protect the earth, recycling programs have made money for towns and cities by selling recycled materials to people who want to make new stuff from them. As with all ventures under capitalism, when market conditions change, the business can go under — and our beloved recycling is no exception.

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Sarah Levy