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It’s Alive!

Green Living Science is truly an experience. For big and small kids alike. Yes, it’s a recycling center, but it’s more than that. It’s a visual feast for anyone that appreciates art and learning. Rachel Kelgon, the Executive Director for Green Living Science, is guest blogging to share more with you.

“Raise your hand if you like art,
now raise your hand if you like dinosaurs.”

This is how I get even the most distracted third grader to get excited about the school field trip to the city of Detroit’s Recycling Center. That’s right, in Detroit, we use dinosaurs and art to teach about the three Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). Students regularly visit Recycle Here! to learn about an alternative way to dispose waste rather than throwing it in the trash. However, no trip to Recycle Here! is complete without taking a walk down the street to the Lincoln Street Art Park, otherwise known as Frank The Dinosaur’s home. Frank is an art installation made out of plastic trash that was recovered and reused to create a life size dinosaur. Frank found a natural home in the Art Park, which  was designed to transform a vacant lot into a creative use for reclaimed material and gathering spot for the community.

As Frank’s head bobs in the wind, the students look at the towering sculpture in amazement and begin identifying the different items they recognize and use. We are able to begin a discussion about other ways we can use things that we thought were just trash. Frank is a reminder to everyone who visits the Art Park about the amount of waste we produce and the non-renewable resources we are using up. Frank is made from plastic, which is made from oil, which was created by fossil fuels (non-renewable resource), which was created by the fossils of dinoaurs. Frank has come full circle.

Want to plan a field trip/recycling program for your group or school?  Contact Rachel at 313.744.2294



Recycling At Its Finest

I don’t know much about dumpster diving but it sounds like recycling at it’s finest. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a hippie or anything, and as far as used food goes I draw the line. But when walking the dogs on trash pick-up days, occasionally something will catch my eye. What’s in that open box? And take a peek. Or, when I pass a piece of furniture I wonder what the history is behind it. It’s sad to see these things going to a landfill and hopefully someone will pick it up and value it in a new home.

Even if the landfills aren’t on your radar, I bet the green in your wallet is.

In a pile of books being cleaned out of an apartment building, a man found an autographed script of John Ford’s 1935 academy award winning movie “The Informer” which was appraised on the Antiques Roadshow at $4,000 to $5,000.

Or, how about the woman that found a precious 1885 Zuni pot on the side of the road. Even kinda beat up it’s valued at $15,000 to $25,000.

It gets better. A carpenter saw that Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall mansion was destined for demolition and smartly salvaged some precious relics. Value? $80,000 to $100,000.

Now, will you see my legs hanging out of a dumpster any time soon? Probably not. But during my evening walks you bet I’ll be keeping an eye out for the original 1959 Barbie. I hear she was recently auctioned off at $27,450.