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Dirty Dozen

Plastic Recycle Codes

The Story of Stuff

Some Book and Website Resources

Free Recycling Resources

Chemicals in Food

Chemicals in Personal Care Products

Clean MFG Products and Alternatives

Chemicals in Cleaning Products


2nd Hand Stores

Berkey Water Filtration System

CFL and LED Lighting Info

Dirty Dozen:

Shoppers Guide PDF download and IPhone App.   (Backup PDF Copy)

Natural Produce Wash and Spray Recipie   (Backup PDF Excerpt)

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Plastic Recycle Codes:   (Backup PDF Excerpt)

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The Story of Stuff - Website and Videos

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Some Book and Website Resources:

A Workbook on Biblical Stewardship - Richard E. Rusbuldt

All New Square Foot Gardening - Mel Bartholomew

Green Barbarians - Ellen Sandbeck

Homesteading - Abigail R. Gehring

Sink Reflections - Marla Cilley

The 20 Minute Gardener - Tom Christopher and Marty Asher

The Complete Tightwad Gazette - Amy Dacyczyn

The NEW Low-Maintenance Garden - Valerie Easton

Toolbox for Sustainable City Living - Scott Kellogg and Stacy Pettigrew

The complete compost gardening guide : banner batches, grow heaps, comforter compost, and other amazing techniques for saving time and money, and producing the most flavorful, nutritious vegetables ever / Barbara Pleasant & Deborah L. Martin.

Stop throwing money away : turn clutter into cash, trash into treasure-- and save the planet while you're at it! / Jamie Novak.

Grow great grub : organic food from small spaces / Gayla Grub.

Shift your habit : easy ways to save money, simplify your life, and save the planet / Elizabeth Rogers with Colleen Howell.

168 hours : you have more time than you think / Laura Vanderkam.

Talking dirt : the dirt diva's down-to-earth guide to organic gardening / Annie Spiegelman ; illustrations by Maggie Agro.

Clutter busting : letting go of what's holding you back / Brooks Palmer.

Green chic : saving the Earth in style / Christie Matheson.

Go green, live rich : 50 simple ways to save the earth and get rich trying / David Bach, with Hillary Rosner

Green goes with everything : simple steps to a healthier life and a cleaner planet / Sloan Barnett.


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Free Recycling Resources (Many local to Holland Michigan)

  • Paper Products

Paper Gater

Paper Gator (Fundraiser): 

• Newsprint

• Catalogs/Magazines

• Junk Mail • Phone Books

• Office/School paper

• Hard and soft cover books

  • Computer and Electronics Recycling

GoodWill Industries & Dell

eWaste Not Want Not llc

  • Batteries

Batteries - Batteris Plus

  • Packing Peanuts

The Shipping Department

  • Used Motor Oil


  • One Stop Multiple Items #1

Black River Recycling

  • Aluminum - Aluminum siding, extrusions, castings…
  • Copper - Copper tubing, Copper wire (clean and insulated)
  • Brass - Brass water valves, faucets and fixtures
  • Stainless - Magnetic and non-magnetic (300 and 400 series)
  • Radiators - Brass, Aluminum or cast iron
  • Autobodies
  • Appliances
  • Steel
  • Cast Iron
  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Batteries - (lead acid/auto batteries)
  • Lead - (Misc. Lead, Wheel Weights, Range Lead)
  • Catalytic Converters
  • Electronics (TV’s, computers, cell phones, printers, VCR’s…)

  • One Stop Multiple Items #2

Holland Rescue Mission

  • Plastic pots and tags from plants

Meijer & Lowes

  • Cell Phones

Recycle Your Cell Phones
The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office and the 911 Cell Phone Bank provide emergency communications to seniors and victims of abuse in our community.

A RECYCLE IT box for cell phones is located at the Park Township Office. All brands and all models are accepted.
If you are an Ottawa County senior or a person-in-need, the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office can assist you in obtaining a cell phone capable of making emergency 911 calls from your home, car, or anywhere you have an adequate cell phone signal. Please contact the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department at 616-738-4000.

  • Other Options

Other Clean Up and Recycling Opportunities - Check with local gov. offices, Research on the Internet

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Chemicals in Food

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Chemicals in Personal Care Products

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Clean MFG Products and Alternatives

Some brands are Method, Seventh Generation, Planet, and Misses Mires Clean Day.  White vinegar mixed with water 50/50 is good for cleaning glass.  If possible choose petroleum and phthalate free detergent. is a good source for eco-friendly home supplies

Use cleaning products that list their ingredients, contain no chlorine, anything that starts with chlor or ammonia, are certified biodegradable and free of synthetic chemicals and comes in recyclable packaging.

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Chemicals in Cleaning Products

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2nd Hand Stores (Many local to Holland Michigan)


Holland - North
393 East Lakewood Blvd.
Holland - South
1180 South Washington Avenue

Bible's for Mexico

91 Douglas Avenue
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: (616)-394-5260

813 Lincoln Avenue
Holland, MI 49424
Phone: (616)-395-0129

Shelby's Place

12360 Felch St,
Holland, MI 49424

Holland Rescue Mission

730 Chicago Drive in Holland
Holland, MI 49423

650 Riley Street
Holland, MI 49424

DittoUpscale Resale

571 E 8th St
Holland, MI?

Community Action House

Macatawa Resource Center
665 136th Ave
Holland, MI 49424

Peek A Boutique

385 E. 8th St.
Holland, MI 49423

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Berkey Water Filtration System

Several YouTube videos:

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CFL and LED Lighting Info

CFL info

If a CFL breaks in your home, here are the steps to take care of it:

1. Before cleanup

  • Have people and pets leave the room.
  • Air out the room for 5-10 minutes by opening a window or door to the outdoor environment.
  • Shut off the central forced air heating/air-conditioning system, if you have one.
  • Collect materials needed to clean up broken bulb.

2. During cleanup

  • Be thorough in collecting broken glass and visible powder.
  • Place cleanup materials in a sealable container.

3. After cleanup

  • Promptly place all bulb debris and cleanup materials outdoors in a trash container or protected area until materials can be disposed of properly. Avoid leaving any bulb fragments or cleanup materials indoors.
  • If practical, continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the heating/air conditioning system shut off for several hours.

LED info

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More Resources:

7 Surprising ways to get rid of your plastic.

Stewardship Spot Links

Resources Links to various stewardship resources

GMOs Stewardship In Food link resources

Taskey Program. A free program for windows operating system that I created which we use to help us be better stewards and keep track of tasks and other things.

Stewardship 101 A program I created and we use to help us keep track of things and be a better steward. For Android devices, available in a free lite version and a full version.

Stewardship Presentation Watch our full presentation on YouTube of "Life Stewardship From A Biblical Perspective." (Learning ways to take care of God's planet one choice at a time.)

Stewardship PowerPoint PDF Slides from the presentation.