GreenSpot Household eNewsletter-January 2021

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GreenSpot eNewsletter-January 2021

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. 

-Chief Seattle

Topics in this edition include:

  • Climate Action Plan-we need your input
  • Webinar on going plastic-free in the bathroom and kitchen
  • Green Columbus Green Drinks
  • Composting discount
  • Recycling plastic expansion-tubs!
  • Green Tip o’ the Day!
Climate Action Plan feedback request

Climate Action Plan-we need your input

Climate change is impacting Columbus and will continue to do so unless the city takes steps to address it. The city has drafted a Climate Action Plan and is looking for your feedback. You can read the plan here. Sections include Climate Solutions, Buildings, Transportation, Waste, and Sustainable Neighborhoods. Sharing your opinion is as easy as clicking “agree, neutral, or disagree,” and there is also a section for your ideas if they are not already in the plan.

Community feedback is essential to help define how we will reach this goal. Columbus wants to focus on, and invest in, historically disenfranchised communities and envisions an inclusive, prosperous, sustainable future together. Mayor Ginther's pledge is for Columbus to be carbon neutral by 2050. The Climate Action Plan is the centerpiece of how we get there. Deadline for comment is January 30th.

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Webinar on going plastic-free in the bathroom and kitchen

Plastic has become ubiquitous in our world. It is durable and cheap. However, it can take hundreds of years to break down, if at all, and poses a danger to animals and the environment. It can be recycled, but only a few times. This webinar explores ideas on how to reduce your plastic use in the bathroom and the kitchen. Many of the sustainable options are cheaper and better for the environment and your health.

Join GreenSpot Coordinator David Celebrezze and Full Circle Source's Sara Gallaugher as they talk about sustainable options and answer your questions.

Date: Friday, January 22nd
Time: 1pm-2pm

RSVP by emailing GreenSpot Space is limited and non-GreenSpot members will be invited on Tuesday the 19th.

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Green Columbus Green Drinks

2021 is going to be a jam-packed year for sustainability, don’t be left out! Join GreenSpot and many other environmental organizations for the first virtual Green Drinks in Columbus on Wednesday January 27th from 6-8 pm.

Meet likeminded people and see what many organizations around central Ohio have planned for 2021.

We hope to see you there.
Sign up here.

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Composting discount

GreenSpot and The Compost Exchange are teaming up to give you a composting discount! The Compost Exchange, a local Columbus company, makes it easy, convenient, and (extra) affordable to make a positive impact on our environment with their three composting services. As a GreenSpot member benefit you get an extra month of service FREE. Subscriptions are renewed automatically for all three services unless you opt out. Easy, Convenient, Affordable! To use this discount is easy. Simply provide the appropriate code (listed next to each service below) when signing up.

Here are the three options:
• Curbside Composting– for select Columbus neighborhoods - Click Here (code= FREE45) or,
• Curbside/City-wide composting for residents in Hilliard, Dublin, and Grandview, go to the CITYWIDE composting page here: Click Here (code= FREECWIDE) or,
• Drop off-They have 7 Drop Off Booths in which you can drop off your food scraps bucket. Click Here (code= FREEDROPOFF67)

Offer ends March 20th (first day of spring!).

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Recycling plastic expansion-tubs!

The city’s recycling partner, Rumpke, announced they have expanded the list of acceptable items that can be recycled! The new items include butter tubs, yogurt cups, and fruit cups. So, when you are done with them, rinse them out, put the lid back on, and throw it in your recycling cart. Please do not put one container in another. Remember, the numbers on the plastic aren’t important—it is all about the shape. The tubs will get recycled into other containers and the vast majority will stay in the Midwest.

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Green Tip o’ the Day!

Unplug those appliance not in use and you could save up to $100. Vampire appliances are appliances that use energy even when they are turned off. Collectively, Americans spend almost $10 billion a year on vampire appliances. These appliances are TVs, cell phone chargers, power strips, computers, microwaves, coffee maker, blenders, and more. So, put a stake in those vampires and unplug them when not in use.

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