The Last Straw on Plastics

“I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth.” –Pete Townshend | By Amelia Stolarz | Our plastic consumption certainly has become a hot-button topic. Recently, some major corporations have gotten the memo about the trending feelings on plastic. Straws may be becoming taboo. Starbucks, Aramark and American Airlines announced that they will stop offering straws. McDonald’s said it will reduce its straw distribution. Hashtags … Continue reading The Last Straw on Plastics

Get Wasted, Give Back to the Earth (Composting)

“If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.” –Pete Seeger | By Amelia Stolarz | For about half a dozen years now, I’ve been composting my kitchen scraps. The benefits are twofold: The amount of trash piling up on a landfill somewhere is reduced; and it’s a nutritious cocktail … Continue reading Get Wasted, Give Back to the Earth (Composting)

Repurposing Flower Arrangements

“I must have flowers, always and always.” – Claude Monet | By Amelia Stolarz | April showers bring May flowers, but June weddings bring centerpieces to take home… Catered formal dinners often come with centerpieces of beautiful floral arrangements that the host may offer for guests to bring back. Sometimes these large floral arrangements seem overwhelming to take. But if you’re lucky enough to get … Continue reading Repurposing Flower Arrangements

Organize Your Life: Finding Spots for Things

The leopard does not change his spots. –William Shakespeare Oops: “A zebra does not change its spots. –Al Gore And you find as a writer there are certain spots on the planet where you write better than others, and I believe in that. And New Orleans is one of them. –Jimmy Buffett | By Amelia Stolarz | Do you ever think about the spots we … Continue reading Organize Your Life: Finding Spots for Things

Uncommon Uses for Ice Cube Trays

Ice is an interesting subject for contemplation. They told me that they had some in the ice-houses at Fresh Pond five years old which was as good as ever. Why is it that a bucket of water soon becomes putrid, but frozen remains sweet forever? It is commonly said that this is the difference between the affections and the intellect. —Henry David Thoreau | By … Continue reading Uncommon Uses for Ice Cube Trays

Organize Your Life: Repurpose Tea Infusers

The purpose, where I start, is the idea of use. It’s not recycling. It’s reuse. — Issey Miyake | By Amelia Stolarz | They call them tea infusers. I call them mini strainers. How many of these little silver items do you have sitting around your kitchen drawers? I have two. Most often I steep my tea from teabags, and those little strainers don’t get much … Continue reading Organize Your Life: Repurpose Tea Infusers