Working in teams of two, the Oops team pulls up to a house, rifles quickly through the recycling, and then fills out the report card: a red “Oops” note, which says which items in the bin can’t be recycled, along with a handwritten explanation of where the bin went wrong; or a green “Shine On,” telling the resident to keep being awesome. The house’s status is then logged in a database by the second team member, who is also marking which houses they’ve hit and which route they’ll take. The first time a house gets an Oops tag, the city will still empty the bin. After that, it’s up to the resident to either correct the error or risk having their recycling bin sit full of empty cheesy pizza boxes and plastic bags until they clean it out themselves. If a house gets two Oops tags in a row, the city will drag the bin back up to the house, in a slap on the wrist to the resident. If someone insists on placing recycling bins full of … [Read more...] about How America’s least sustainable city learned to love recycling
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Consider the aural impact and the line of sight for distraction when setting up workspaces. Planning is great, but flexibility in making changes is key. If you can stagger some working hours with a flexible employer, you may be able to avoid conflicting needs in the same workspace. Figure out a protocol, especially with non-romantic cohabitants, about resolving differences ahead of time. “That’s the way I do it!” or “I’m not making very much noise” will very quickly wear thin. Cope with the vagaries of home life Home life will intrude on work, especially in homes with children off school. Dogs will bark, cats will jump on the keyboard while you’re away and send “j12h3ldbn09 80983n4a;” to coworkers, and, yes, toddlers may burst through a door during important client meetings. … [Read more...] about Working from home? Here’s how to separate the ‘work’ from the ‘home’
Buying directly from a designer, as opposed to through a big multi-brand chain or behemoth, means the profit (if any) goes directly to the designer, and their employees. Buying from an independent multi-brand boutique is a way to keep this part of the ecosystem alive. Stand-alone stores with a singular point of view are often the key to finding and nurturing new talent. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus pandemic | Should we still go shopping (online)?
In Philadelphia, Nan Ides had plenty of fabric. A recent retiree, she had plenty of time, too. She pulled out her sewing machine and started making masks, using materials left over from stitching baby clothes and a floral pattern -- purple, green, black and white -- from a summer dress that she had never managed to finish. … [Read more...] about An army of sewers, making masks for America