Friday, February 12, 2016

The Thrift Shop Maniac takes on Center City

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 2:51 PM
What’s Old Is New, And What’s New Is… What was once considered jaw dropping attire anywhere but the privacy of home, PJ bottoms and Uggs have become de rigueur attire for many coffee shop customers sipping that first cup of Joe. Once the surge kicks in, then on to yoga or workout... Read more

Sustainable dining: Memphis Taproom reviewed

Thursday, January 28, 2016, 12:23 PM
In 2010, when I watched a man, spiky-haired with backwards sunglasses on TV (hint, hint), visit Philly to sample the flavors of our town, he most likely called them out-of-bounds. I added his destination to my list immediately. Where did he go? Memphis Taproom. Why did I follow him there? Fried pickles... Read more

The Thrift Shop Maniac takes on Germantown Ave.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 4:00 AM
Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone, but... Forty years ago, secondhand, dumpster diving, trash picking, ‘non-denominational’ shoppers like me were legion, but underground. And I don’t mean geothermal. We belonged to a secret society of adrenaline rushing, insider trading, foraging scavengers... Read more

A plant-based unbeliever no more

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 4:00 AM
You have likely heard of hip restaurant Vedge. Even if you live in the suburbs you’ve heard of Vedge. Even if you’re my meat and potatoes boyfriend, you’ve heard of Vedge. I feel obligated to admit: amidst the hype when doors opened way back in 2011, I wasn’t convinced. Who... Read more

The Thrift Shop Maniac takes on North Wales

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 4:00 AM
It ain’t Fifth Avenue or Wall Street yet, but… Ever drive up Rt. 309, or any other major American suburban sprawl shopping strip for that matter, and, like me, zone out, as the all too predictable corporate logos flash by? Well, wake up and take a second look. Clothes Mentor, located... Read more

Brewing ‘green’ beer in Philadelphia

Friday, December 11, 2015, 5:30 AM
The brewing industry has changed vastly in the last few hundred years. It has gone from a household chore to industrialized industry. Gone are the days of hoarded trade secrets handed down from generation to generation of family brewers. Now, breweries are posting recipes online and selling their ... Read more

Sustainability Simplified: Episode 8

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 4:00 AM
Merry Christmas, everyone! I've asked the ladies of My MilkCrate to give you all some ideas for how to sustainably wrap your gifts. Enjoy the holiday, and THANK YOU for watching. Have your own green living tips you want to share? E-mail us. Read more

Metropolis Farms wants to bring back the artisan farmer

Monday, December 7, 2015, 5:30 AM
With booming populations to feed and less arable land to grow food on, food scarcity, something Thomas Robert Malthus predicted in 1798 and our children will feel the effects of in their lifetime, is one of the driving concerns behind the growing popularity of vertical farming, a modern agricultural... Read more

'Tis always the giving season for thrift shop(ping) maniacs

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 5:30 AM
Black Friday is over. Cyber Monday long gone. But they can be an everyday state of mind if you are a Thrift Shopping Maniac. Waterford, Coach, Valentino and Burberry, Samsung, Cuisinart, Le Creuset, Pottery Barn, Ethan Allen -- whatever the label, look or manufacturer -- could be lurking on the next... Read more

Tips for greening your holiday shopping

Monday, November 30, 2015, 5:30 AM
Now that Thanksgiving is over, holiday shopping has officially commenced. How many of you were out there Thanksgiving night or predawn on Black Friday? Plastic bags, wrapping paper, extra gas in the car for all those trips to the mall..this time of the year can be difficult when you are trying to be... Read more
About this blog
Our panel of experts, in partnership with My MilkCrate, will offer information on how to live sustainably and reduce your carbon footprint. We'll be featuring sustainable businesses, steering you toward green local events, and catching up with Philadelphians who we consider green-living gurus.

My MilkCrate is an innovative lifestyle tool -- available for free for iOS and Android -- which connects consumers to hundreds of local sustainable options in dining, shopping, transit, and more. The tool also allows you to seamlessly take sustainable action inside the app, discover nearby community events and eventually track your spending in the local economy. Follow them on social media @MYMILKCRATEAPP.

Nancy Berman Author of Thrift Shop Maniac's Guide to the Delaware Valley & The Universe
Robin Dilks
Julie Hancher Editor-in-chief and co-founder, Green Philly Blog
Caitlin Honan Communications Director, My MilkCrate
Alex Jones Value Chain Coordinator at Fair Food Philly
Charlotte Lee My MilkCrate
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