1. Farmers' markets not only provides fresh, quality produce and products, but also benefits the environment through reduced packaging that leaves a smaller carbon footprints with less fossil-fuel used by local providers with organic and pesticide-free farming practices. The is held every Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Honolulu and Ocean View Boulevards. For more information, see the market's webpage.
2. Why not grow your own veggies or replace your lawn with native plants? Free gardening workshops sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works can get you started and show the best way to create a sustainable garden. The 1.5-hour Smart Gardening workshops teach composting, grass recycling and water smart gardening techniques for both beginners and advanced green thumbs.. Stop by the DPW’s website for more information. A beginner's class will be held Nov. 5 at the , 3730 Glenwood Ave.
3. The provides safe disposal of prescription drugs to keep them from harming the environment. Flushed drugs can contaminate our water systems. Just drop your expired or unused medications in the white mailboxes located just outside of the station's front door at 4554 Briggs Ave.
4. Electronic waste - such as our out-dated and no-longer-used computers, televisions, monitors and cell phones - contain metals and components that are toxic to the environment. Los Angeles County runs a number of S.A.F.E centers - including one nearby in Glendale -open to all residents of Los Angeles County where such waste, as well as used motor oil, paints, and solvents, can be dropped off and disposed of safely and free of charge. The and local schools also hold collection events throughout the year.
5. Being thrifty is not only good for your budget but helps keep quality goods in use and out of the trash. Kids outgrow clothes and toys quickly, so why not recycle your own and make use of another's gently used items? Once Upon A Child, 2607 Foothill Blvd., buys and sells previously-loved children's outfits, toys, and furniture. For grown-ups, , 3440 Foothill Blvd., promises recycled treasures from muumuus to mood lighting.