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Second Hand September: Sustainable Fashion

September 6, 2020 // Good to Know, Great Ideas

We can recycle fashion? It is exciting that our society is becoming more comfortable and passionate about recycling and sustainability, but there is so much more to recycling than the products we are most familiar with. We are used to recycling plastic, glass, cardboard, metal, and a few other materials, but what if we thought […]

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Back to School: Zero-Waste Lunches

August 1, 2020 // Fun Facts, Good to Know, Great Ideas

We’re Ready to Go Back to School Although summer is starting to cool down, we have big plans for the month of August – it’s time to go back to school! 2020 has been a year of twists and turns, but with many schools planning to open back up in the fall, BARC is here […]

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Join the Challenge: Plastic Free July

July 6, 2020 // Good to Know, Great Ideas

Summertime in Northern Michigan It’s finally summer in Northern Michigan! Time to hang at the beach, play in the sunshine, and explore all the wonderful local shops. With all of the outdoor activities planned with friends and family throughout the month of July, BARC is here to encourage you to make small changes to support […]

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Additional safety protocols for Covid-19 as BARC reopens services

May 27, 2020 // BARC Services, Good to Know

Bay Area Recycling for Charities is pleased to announce that we will reopen our DROP OFF SERVICE at 466 US 31 South in Traverse City on Tuesday, May 26. Drop off hours are from 9am until 4pm from Monday through Friday. There are additional safety protocol in place: We request that when you arrive at […]

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BARC’s 2020 Vision

January 2, 2020 // BARC Services, Good to Know, Great Ideas

Let’s Work Together for a Sustainable Community. It is a new year, but our goals are not entirely new.  The core of our mission remains consistent: let’s work together to make things better.  Join BARC to create a more sustainable community in 2020 by diverting more waste from landfills and learning more about how we […]

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Sustainable Holiday Guide

November 27, 2019 // Great Ideas

Simplify your Holidays Create less waste this season by reading our Sustainable Holiday Guide.  The top things that come to mind when preparing for the Holidays are Giving, Eating, Decorating & Gathering.  For many, the priority during the holidays is to spend time with family and friends. But the holidays can also be a time […]

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Tips For Sustainable Shopping This This Holiday Season

November 1, 2019 // Good to Know, Great Ideas

November is here and we are in the beginning stages of yet another holiday season. Millions of people will soon  start preparing for their holiday plans and festivities. Even among those who take traditions to hears, the hottest holiday topic, is often shopping. Among the many things to consider during this season is your holiday […]

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Simple Ways To Conserve Energy

September 30, 2019 // Good to Know, Great Ideas

Did you know the month of October is dedicated to energy awareness on a national level? In September 1991, President George Bush declared October as National Energy Awareness Month, encouraging government and organizations to raise awareness on the importance of sustainability and conserving the nation’s energy resources. At BARC, we wanted to contribute to this […]

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E-Waste – The True Cost Of Our Upgrades

September 3, 2019 // Good to Know

Technology is great, right? Face scan to unlock our phones, faster computer processing, better display for our Netflix binges! These all sound fantastic. However, where do all the old and unwanted electronics go? We always want the next-best thing, and tech companies oblige. Technology makes many things in our lives easier, but the speed at […]

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Eating Green With Sustainable Foods

August 1, 2019 // Good to Know, Great Ideas

What does it mean to Eat Green? Green eating is yet another lifestyle change you can make to better the environment. “Eating green” goes beyond just adding green foods such as beans and spinach into your diet. On a broader level, eating green means consuming foods that are healthier for you and less harmful to […]

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Lifestyle Tips For Reducing Plastic Use

July 1, 2019 // Good to Know, Great Ideas

How to Reduce Plastic Use: 4 Ways to Use Less Plastic We all fall victim to the conveniences of plastic—bottled water at a picnic, plastic-wrapped snacks on-the-go, plastic cutlery with takeout food. Unfortunately, our temporary convenience is our planet’s long-term burden. There are 9.2 billion tons of plastic on planet earth today, and more than […]

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Alternative Transportation For A Smart Commute

May 24, 2019 // Good to Know, Great Ideas

What is alternative transportation and why should you do it? Simply put, alternative transportation is any form of transportation that is not a private automobile. Alternative modes of transportation are less harmful to our planet, reduce traffic, and ease parking shortages. Since most cars and trucks require a fuel source such as gas or diesel, […]

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