Healthy Living Resources
Check Out Some Earth-Kind Products
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Earth-Kind Products

Many Earth-Kind products are available locally at stores such as Radiance, Target and Walmart. Here is a list of items purchased by Jubilee residents along with some of the sites where we have found the products.
Bamboo Products, including Cutlery
Available locally and from online retailers:
Candles – Beeswax
Available locally at Radiance, Olympia Food Co-op and Olympia Farmer's Market
Food Storage
Available locally and online from:
Reusable Food Wrap
Cleaning products – reusable bottles with refills
Available locally and online from:
Laundry powder in recyclable cardboard boxes
Available online from
Laundry detergent sheets and more cleaning products
Click here to view some options and here for reviews.
Available locally and online
Dryer Balls instead Fabric Softener
Available locally and various online vendors
Organic Gardening Supplies
Available locally
Paper Towels and Toilet Paper – Bamboo and recycled paper
Available online from
Shampoos and Conditioners in Bars
Available at Radiance and Target and online from
Toothpaste Tablets and Refills
Shampoo and conditioner bar holders
Available on-line from
Why bamboo?
Truth or Trend: Is Bamboo Sustainable? This article thoughtfully explores the pros and cons of growing and using bamboo in a range of products.

What's Going on With Plastics

Reducing and Reusing Basics – Useful general overview about reducing and re-using  includes many links to more in-depth information is available here.
Why Should We Reduce the Use of Plastic – This article was written by a young woman to explore the problems associated with the production and disposal of plastics. Includes links to research she sites. Very readable and good information to think about is available here.
15 Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Use – You may have heard of some of these suggestions, but some may be new. Very Interesting, practical, and informative article available by clicking here.
Infographic: Humans Eating Plastic – Reading this information startled me!  Do you want to know about how and why we are consuming plastic? Includes excellent visuals and links to useful resources. Click here.
8 Infographics on Plastic Pollution You Need to See – This article contains charts that vividly portray what’s going on with human production of garbage, including plastic.  The charts range from quite an interesting data-based representation of the average waste per person in the U.S. per year; to an explanation of how ocean pollution affects humans; to charts about legislation to reduce plastic consumption; to easy ways to reduce plastic use; to how long it takes plastic to break down. The visuals here are great!
Why bamboo?
Truth or Trend: Is Bamboo Sustainable? This article thoughtfully explores the pros and cons of growing and using bamboo in a range of products.

Electric Vehicle References and Resources

United States Environmental Protection Agency
Explaining Electric & Plug-in Electric Vehicles
Charging Explained for EVs and PHEVs
U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Fuel Economy
Compare Plug-in Hybrids Side-by-side
Print the Fuel Economy Guide 2022
Federal Tax Credits for New All-Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles
State Laws and Incentives – Washington
Washington State Department of Transportation Interactive Map for Electric Vehicle Charging
University of California, Davis
The University of California, Davis EV Explorer can help you determine if a PHEV is right for you. Compare different vehicles to get yearly fuel costs customized to your commute, frequency of travel, and charger access.  (PHEV is a plug-in hybrid)
Puget Sound Energy
Charging Options
NY Times
How Green Are Electric Vehicles?
Addressing Concerns About Electric Vehicle Batteries
Science Daily (research report)
New way to pull lithium from water could increase supply, efficiency

Weed Killers and Pesticides

Resources for Evaluating Pesticides and Herbicides
Effects of pesticides and herbicides

Common Sense Gardening

Healthy Gardening Resources

Safe Rodent Control

Need to get rid of rodents?
Trapping without the use of poisons is the most ecologically sound method to rid an area of pests. However, many companies use rodenticides to kill rodents instead, usually because trapping is labor intensive.  The use of rodenticides can cause harm to a pet or owls or eagles or any animal who comes into contact with a rodent killed with a rodenticide.
Here are a few resources on how to safely rid your area of rodents without the use of rodenticides.
Pointe Pest Control in Olympia offers services that shore up your property to prevent rodents from being attracted to it. They also offer alternatives to rodenticides although the price would depend on individual circumstances. 

Recycling Solid & Hazardous Waste, Plastics, Medications, Food, Textiles

Thurston County Public Works Dept. Yard Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) turns organic debris into compost or fuel. Accepted organic waste list:  here

Thurston County -  where our recyclable waste options are documented. 
1. Drop-off items accepted at the Waste and Recovery Center at 2420 Hogum Bay Road NE (located at the Thurston County Landfill just behind the Mayan Restaurant on Marvin) as well as a separate drop-off area called HazoHouse at the same location for accepted hazardous waste items.
2. Curbside pickup items accepted; make sure you page down for the LeMay items. Please pay special attention to the details like only clean items, bottles with no caps, and flattened cardboard. View a list of items that LeMay recycles here.
3. A really interesting option described as "Where do I take my" where specific types of waste can be used as search criteria to find other locations for more unusual items like televisions, mattresses, and scrap metal. 

More detailed information about specific types of electronic recycling can be found here: - scroll down to Type the name of a waste item and we'll tell you how to recycle or dispose of it.

Medications - The prescription drug disposal drop boxes provides a secure and convenient way to dispose of leftover or out-of-date prescription medicines. Find these at these nearby locations:
Rite Aid Pharmacy
8230 Martin Way E -or- 691 Sleater Kinney Rd SE
Lacey Police Department
420 College St SE
Ralphs Thriftway Pharmacy
1908 4th Ave E Ste A

Ridwell -
A new recycling option for Tumwater, Olympia, and Lacey. The company will pickup from your front door every two weeks (you don't even need to haul items to the curb) four core categories (plastic film, batteries, light bulbs and threads) plus a fifth featured category which changes with each pickup. The cost is 3 months at $16 per month, 6 months at $14 per month, or the most economical 12 months at $12 per month. The current schedule for the fifth featured category is:
June 14 - Crayons
June 28 - Video games, video game consoles, and controllers
July 12 - Twist ties and rubber bands
July 26 - Reusable school supplies
And now a new item has been added; the dreaded plastic clam shells that nobody wants but are used extensively for packaging produce. For a small additional pickup fee, a large plastic bag can be stuffed with those nasty clam shells.

Terracycle -
TerraCycle is a company active in 21 countries and has collaborated with many companies with the idea of eliminating the idea of waste. It has found that nearly everything we touch can be recycled. Leading companies work with Terracycle to take hard-to-recycle materials and turn them into new products.
TerraCycle has two different offerings. One is zero waste boxes that can be purchased; some for specific type of items like bottle caps or coffee capsules, some are more generic like plastic packaging especially useful for the dreaded clamshells that nobody seems to want. The price of the box includes the shipping of the box to you as well as once filled, the shipping costs back to TerraCycle. You collect the waste in the box it is designed for, seal it, and take it to a UPS drop-off location. The second option is one that offers free recycling programs funded by manufacturers to help you collect and recycle the company's hard-to-recycle waste. Simply choose the programs you’d like to join; start collecting; download free shipping labels; and pack and ship the waste to be recycled. For instance used Swiffer clothes can be packaged, a free shipping label printed, and the package dropped off at a UPS location to be shipped back for recycling. Another is any Kroger brand flexible plastic food packaging. Others are Barilla pasta pouches, Dunkin donuts flexible ground and whole bean coffee bags, BIC writing instruments and packaging, and Febreze aerosol containers. All free. And the list of companies and items is growing. It does take dedication to collect, package, and ship but hopefully this is just the beginning. Looking through the Terracycle WEB site as it does appear that local drop-off locations are being added.

Recycling damaged, stained, and torn textiles is good for the environment. By keeping usable materials out of the landfill we are helping to ensure that we can use the same landfill for many years to come. Recycling textiles is also good for the environment because it helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA estimates that in 2012, 2.25 million tons of textiles were recycled. This prevented the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as taking 1.2 million cars off of the road for one year.*

Plastic Film Dropoff Locations
Plastic film is soft, flexible polyethylene (PE) packaging such as grocery, bread, zip-top and dry cleaning bags. It’s also the wrap around many products including paper plates, napkins, bathroom tissue, and diapers. To recycle your plastic film, first make sure that it is clean (e.g., no food residue) and dry. Then, take it to your nearest drop-off location to be collected for recycling. 
Drop-off locations include Safeway, WinCo, and Fred Meyer.

Recommended Reading

A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There
by Aldo Leopold
Published in 1945, this is a book of essays about nature and conservation that some call the conservation bible and many gardeners, including me, read over and over.  It has predictions that are startlingly true today.
How Plants Work: The Science Behind the Amazing Things Plants Do 
by  Linda Chalker-Scott, 2015. 
This book presents plant physiology that is relevant to gardening.  Linda Chalker-Scott has an excellent website and is well known for her articles on “Gardening Myths” that use science based information to challenge many garden trends and practices.  At Washington State University she is an Extension Urban Horticulturist at the Puyallup Research and Extension Center and an Associate Professor of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Washington State University.  She also has 2 Affiliate Associate Professor positions at the University of Washington.  She co-founded and hosts the Garden Professors blog.  More of her books are listed below.  
Real Gardens Grow Natives: Design, Plant & Enjoy a Healthy Northwest Garden
by Eileen M Stark, 20014
Very readable and has profiles and growing information on about 100 native plants, with advice on organic gardening.
Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife
by John M. Marzluff and Jack Delap, 2014
Marzluff is a professor at the University of Washington and this book is entertaining and informative about how to understand and be good neighbors with birds.
The Conscientious Gardener: Cultivating a Garden Ethic
by Sarah Reichard, 2011
Sarah Reichard was a Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Washington.  The book provides fascinating background information and guidelines for environmentally conscious management of home landscapes.
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from A Secret World 
by Peter Wohlleben, 2014
Science based information that shows us how trees communicate, feel, and live in social networks.  It totally changed how I think of trees.  This is on loan but I hope to have it back soon.  There is also a book called The Secret Lives of Trees, but I recommend this Hidden Life of Trees.
The Informed Gardener and
The Informed Gardener Blooms Again
by Linda Chalker- Scott, 2008 and 2010.
Information on the author is above in the description of How Plants Work.  She uses science and research to expose gardening myths and provides information on valid evidence based, sustainable gardening.
Gardening for a Lifetime
by Sydney Eddison, 2010
Though written by a gardener who has a huge garden and hired help, this book provides some practical strategies for scaling back gardening while still keeping up with the activities that you enjoy the most.  It is also out on loan at the moment.
Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest
by Arthur R. Kruckeberg and Linda Chalker-Scott, 2019
Kruckeberg was professor of botany at the University of Washington for nearly four decades, and his earlier edition ofGardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest was the standard reference for many years.  He also cofounded the Washington Native Plant Society, and died shortly before this latest edition authored with Chalker-Scott was published.
Nature’s Best Hope;  A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard
By Douglas W Tallamy, 2019
Douglas Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware.  Describes how individuals can take the initiative in preserving the environment and provides information on how we can make our yards conservation zones and provide wildlife habitats.
Decoding Gardening Advice: The Science Behind the 100 Most Common Recommendations
By Jeff Gillman and Meleah Manyard, 1012
Jeff Gillman is a professor of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota.  He categorizes gardening advice as “Good, Debatable, and Just Wrong”, and provides “The Real Dirt” advice.  He also wrote The Truth About Organic Gardening: 2008, and The Truth about Garden Remedies: 2008, which are dated but almost entirely valid.  and is a co-founder of The Garden Professors website and blog.
Electric Vehicle Show at Jubilee
June 18, 2022