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Time to reTHink How Much Waste We Create

Time to reTHink How Much Waste We Create

This article appeared in the Tribune Star March 6, 2016 A new environmental organization has bloomed in Terre Haute: reTHink is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers education and support to local businesses, organizations and individuals with the goal to reduce the amount of trash hauled to the landfill. The organization is the brainchild of Shikha Bhattacharyya. “We don’t have mandatory recycling in Terre Haute. A lot of places do not recycle. There is a lot of food waste. There is no composting facility in town. Overall the amount of trash that we generate is huge, and we want to…
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This Library is on a Roll!

This Library is on a Roll!

It started with a card table full of books, like these things often do. Just something to sell to raise some money for the Orleans Farmers Market, says Bob Turner. He and his wife Debbie have worked in non-profit for many years and when they realized the market needed some development support they donated their own books and got started. And the donations kept coming in, more used books, more interest in picking out books. So the idea for the mobile library was formed. A church in Louisville gave them a big boost with books leftover from their sale and they’ve…
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White’s Weaving: A new life for old denim

White’s Weaving:  A new life for old denim

Rows and rows of jeans line every used clothing store and donation center in Indiana. The blue jean has become the standard American uniform, in part due to it’s durability and versatility. The average American owns around 7 pairs of jeans and denim represents a $15.4 billion industry, according to The NPD Group/Consumer Tracking Service. In the US, we throw away 12.4 million tons of textiles and footwear every year by EPA estimates; that’s about 68 pounds per household. Only 1.3 million tons are recycled, as rags, paper, insulation, or even building materials. It is encouraging to see efforts to…
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Litter Pickers by Bicycle

Litter Pickers by Bicycle

Before the dew ever sets into the grass on Sunday morning, Terre Haute resident Rance Fuqua has already stopped for a donut and coffee on his bike. The red light on his back tire flashes, and he peddles in the darkness navigating to Walter Baldauf’s garage. Once there, the two tinker around for a bit. As the sun slowly starts to rise, they strap kitty cat litter buckets and large plastic totes to their bikes. With one hand on their handlebars, and the other holding a long grabber, they are off, meandering around the streets of Terre Haute to pick up litter….
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Worn Out Tires Never Die

Location:  2506 Fairview St. Anderson, IN 46016 Dan and Diana McKinzie have been selling tires for more than 10 years. In recent years they have become concerned about the disposal of worn out tires and decided to begin a tire recycling business. Their business, Green Tire Reclamation, operates in Anderson, IN, and serves communities within a 100 mile radius. The business collects old tires, dismantles them and processes the rubber into a fuel that can be used in power plants. The metal parts of the tire are sold to a metal yard to be processed into new steel. Tires from…
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