Going Green Blog

Ken Butler makes musical instruments from trash

It’s safe to say that New York artist Ken Butler isn’t your average artist and musician. Sure, he can play a wide range of stringed and percussion instruments like any seasoned musician out there can do, but it’s the actual instruments he plays that set him apart.
Dumpster rental frequently asked questions

Renting a dumpster for a home remodeling project, new construction, or home cleanout is as an easy process, but if it’s something you’ve never done before, you may have some questions about how to go about getting the right container for the right price. We’ll go through several of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to renting a dumpster.
The Grinch loves cluttered homes during Christmas

Clutter works in mysterious ways. It seems to creep up on you without warning, and before you know it your home looks more like a storage locker than a living space.
Junk removal company working

Have a garage, basement or whole home filled with junk? If you answered “yes,” congratulations!...You’re normal! We all have an area of the house in desperate need of some decluttering but either don’t have the time, motivation or physical ability to clean up the mess. Calling a junk removal service is the answer to the problem. What’s cool about many junk removal service providers today is the growing trend of ‘green’ junk removal.

American's generate about 250 million tons of waste each year. That's an incredibly huge amount of trash, junk, construction debris, e-waste, and so on entering landfills, recycling centers and composting piles each year.
Restored 1950 Garbage Hauler

Restored trash hauler, circa 1950. Sold at auction for $125,000. Ready to learn something new today? The history of the garbage truck in America probably isn’t the most intriguing topic ever, but it’s actually pretty interesting and will give you some ammo next time you want to make yourself feel smarter than someone else. The Early Days of Hauling Trash Garbage haulers have been around since the 1800s. Back then, trash haulers were huge horse-drawn open containers on wheels. It wasn’t until the introduction of the Model T in 1908 that trash haulers ditched the horse in favor of some “horsepower.”
Fendi bags made from recycled trash

Carmina Campus via WSJ.com Fashion from garbage: That’s what Ilaria Fendi, former designer and heiress to the Fendi line of luxurious handbags, is bringing to the table. Would you sport a handbag made out of bottle caps, tires, fabric remnants and other things literally pulled out of the trashcan? It seems that people are, and they’re paying a pretty penny for it. Some of products in Fendi’s new lineup of “trashion” are fetching upwards of $2,200 a pop.
Happy City Birds project

Thomas Winther, aka Dambo, is the mastermind behind the ‘Happy City Birds’ project. Dambo has created hundreds of colorful birdhouses he distributes across four cities in Denmark, including Copenhagen, for free. The coolest part of the project is that the birdhouses are upcycled from trash. Why birdhouses? Dambo told My Modern Met, “Birds are actually great at recycling and we need to appreciate this. They eat old food, fruits, berries, and nuts lying about. In that way, they help to clean and distribute seeds around our cities, so new plants can grow."
Freshkills Park, NYC. Manhattan is visible in the distance

Freshkills Park, NYC. Manhattan is visible in the distance. Source: Jimmy Stamp Right smack dab in the heart of New York City, you’d never expect to find a sprawling 2,200 acre park featuring rolling hills, baseball diamonds, kayaking streams and playgrounds. Even more surprising is the fact Freshkills Park was once the world’s biggest landfill, processing as much as 29,000 tons of garbage per day during its peak operation in 1986-1987.
Dumpster rental cartoon - funny

The process of renting a dumpster is an easy process, but if you’ve never done it before you may find yourself lost when the time arises. There are many different scenarios where a dumpster rental comes in handy, such as a spring cleaning project, moving, remodeling, inherited a messy house that needs a cleanout and so on… We decided to put together an easy to follow guide you can reference the next time you find yourself overloaded with junk, such as the situations above. Let’s get started. Step 1: Assess the Project Prepare in advance by planning it all out – make a checklist if you’re good at forgetting things. Start at least a week ahead of the actual cleanout.
Levi jeans made from recycled trash

Levi’s 2013 denim collection will be a bit different than previous collections—not necessarily in the look of the popular jeans, but you’ll notice a major change in the materials used to make them. The company’s new Waste-Less product will feature jeans made from recycled plastic bottles. The new line of eco-friendly products is part of Levi’s commitment to sustainable design. Levi Strauss and Co., founded in 1873, has introduced several other ‘green’ company initiatives recently, including its Water-Less manufacturing technique, which helped reduce water consumption by up to 96 percent during the finishing process at its manufacturing plants.
Bond certificates found in the trash

Junk haulers stumble upon all kinds of interesting stuff when cleaning out homes. We’ve heard stories over the years of junk haulers stumbling upon diamond rings, historical artifacts and cash accidentally tossed in the trash. The latest find was by a Massachusetts-based junk removal service, which came across an envelope filled with $1,000 bond certificates…and lots of ‘em.
Joulebug mobile app

A brand new mobile app lets you compete against friends and family members to see who’s living a “greener” lifestyle. JouleBug is its name, and its goal is to get you thinking about how to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. The makers of the app claim it can help users save about $200 a year by living greener – not bad for a free app!
Agustin builds a helicopter out of trash

Agustin is just a humble shoemaker from Honduras with a dream. His dream is to build and fly a helicopter made from scrap bicycle parts, rebar, 2 x 4’s, and other discarded trash. His story is even more inspiring, considering he lives in extreme poverty, suffers from polio, and has been working on the helicopter since 1958.