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

Special Series: Creating Sustainable Communities – Glass Recycling As Ritual

11.20.14

David Stone, Project Director and Richard Pablo, Tohono O’odham Community College – From stooping to pick up half-buried liquor bottles buried in the desert sand, to processing the tons of glass…

Mrs. Green's News


09.29.14
Environmental Excellence – The Green Academy Awards

Imagine over 500 people sitting in a very nice ballroom, all very dressed up and  gathered to celebrate environmental excellence. Imagine an organization who works all year to find groundbreaking solar projects, innovative transportation initiatives, river restoration projects and environmental education programs to find ones deserving of a Green Academy Award. Imagine Mrs. Green thinking […]

09.17.14
Exhausted? Take the One-Day Car Free Challenge

From where I sit, driving one’s car whenever and wherever the need arises is a common occurrence in the daily lives of millions of Americans (maybe billions) So what might happen if we all pick one day in the entire year and commit to not driving our cars? Imagine that. A group of visionaries did […]

08.26.14
How to Make Your Backyard Even Greener

“To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower…” So wrote the poet William Blake, suggesting that the tiniest portion of the world is a microcosm of the whole. While it may take a poet’s vision to see the world in a particle of rock, his point becomes much […]

03.03.14
Tucson Streetcar’s Route to Success

There is quite a bit of buzz – and some strong opinions – about Tucson’s new Sun Link streetcar. Lots of criticism and jokes, lots of turf and business battles, and lots of time actually bringing the Streetcar from dream to reality. So what do I think? Bring it on!

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.