Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Mrs. Green in winning crown from "Crowning Mrs. Green" contest - made from recycled materials

People often forget that the first “R” is reduce!  It’s not about recycling that plastic bottle or bag, it’s about reducing your use of them.  Mrs. Green’s Three Rs page provides helpful, fun reminders on how to do all three — with the emphasis on REDUCE!

Radio Shows

Trash Talk

05.20.15

Andrew Quigley, Environmental Services Director, City of Tucson – Andy Quigley has a big job and his department has a big mission: to promote a healthy Tucson community by…

Mrs. Green's News


07.17.15
Five Green Factoids

(AND an extra special Did You Know?)

Sometimes I feel compelled to write what I call “refresher factoids.” These are facts that stick with me, that both haunt and inspire me and that are worth repeating because they are things that we can help change.

07.03.15
I Dream of Greenie

I know it REALLY dates me but several decades ago there was a show called I Dream of Jeannie. Blaming it totally on my age at the time, I enjoyed the show and there were times I wished I had a real genie so I could get my three wishes. So much for that. For the purpose of this newsletter, just take the leap with me…

06.24.15
BALLE Anyone?

  It is truly okay if you are wondering what the heck is BALLE and why you should care. Please just trust me and read on. You won’t be sorry. Two or three years ago I am not quite sure I knew what BALLE stood for and even now I have to look it up. It stands […]

06.22.15
BALLE Anyone?

Or WHAT THE HECK IS BALLE & WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? 

Two or three years ago I am not quite sure I knew what BALLE stood for and even now I have to look it up. It stands for Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. This year I found myself attending a three day

Links and Resources

Freecycle–a worldwide recycling phenomenon that started in Tucson.

Keep that phone from the landfill with Recycle My Phone.

What to do with all those old electronics?  Digitaltips has answers.

Did You Know?


Three Things About the HabiStore!

1. They divert more than 200 TONS of materials from the landfills each year by selling new and used cool stuff like home improvement materials, appliances, and furniture – including really awesome patio furniture and light fixtures.
2. The revenue generated from the HabiStore is used to build houses for low income families who qualify. At press time, they have over 14 houses under construction in Tucson. Are you kidding me right now? Talk about ending cycles of poverty forever – home ownership does that.
3. The HabiStore is green from the inside out! They have HETs (high efficiency toilets from Big John the Toilet Guy). They have gone solar! In a partnership with GeoInnovation, the HabiStore received a grant from the Arizona Department of Commerce to install enough solar to provide 30% of their electricity (huge savings each month) and they are working on rain water harvesting.