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Celebrate Earth Month 2020 at Honest Weight!

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At Honest Weight, we like to think of every day as Earth Day. Making decisions with consideration for environmental impact is part of our mission, and we work to satisfy a triple bottom line of People, Planet, Profit. Each year on Earth Day, we celebrate these daily habits and take the opportunity to educate and encourage eco-friendly behaviors. Look for these events throughout April and in the upcoming year.  

Reserve your spot in a class here:

CBD Basics with Brian from Charlotte’s Web CBD
Thursday, April 4th, 1-2:00pm
This informative lecture will provide a brief dive into the history of hemp, assess the somewhat confusing current legal landscape, discuss the ECS (endocannabinoid system) and how to identify quality CBD products. Bring your questions! All Charlotte’s Web products will be 10% Off on April 4th! Community Room

Dirty Rice: Bulk Cooking Class with Justin Hardecker of our Bulk Department
Saturday, April 6th, 6-7:30pm

Join us for this engaging cooking class where we'll tackle a southern favorite in zero waste bulk style! Instead of chicken livers, giblets, and pork, we'll use dried mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and other bulk ingredients to achieve the earthy umami-ness that makes dirty rice a favorite southern comfort food. This class will also provide a great opportunity to explore our wonderful herb and spice section! Teaching Kitchen

Sustainable Surf-n-Turf with Lenku and Josh of our Meat & Seafood & Grocery Departments
Wednesday, April 10th,11:30am-12:30pm
This collaborative cooking demo with LenKu (Meat & Seafood) and Josh (Grocery) promises to be both delicious and informative! Learn how we source our seafood, new innovations in sustainable fisheries, and exactly what “ocean-friendly” seafood means. Samples of Baked Lemon Garlic Haddock and Beyond Meat will be shared! Teaching Kitchen

Bulk 210: Techniques for Zero Waste Household Management with Tom Gillespie, Manager of our Bulk Department
Thursday, April 11th, 6-7:30pm

Learn ways to reduce your reliance on single-use plastics and minimize waste with tips and tricks from Honest Weight’s Bulk Department. An encore presentation of Tom’s popular class in honor of Earth Day! Community Room

E-waste Recycling Sunday, April 14th, 12-4:00pm Please note date change!
Bring your old computers, flat screens, stereos, cables, batteries, etc. to the store parking lot for free recycling. This year we WILL be accepting Cathode Ray Tubes (i.e. old bulky large monitors or TV's) and microwaves for a fee. Please note that we CAN NOT accept: kitchen appliances, VHS tapes or DVDs, coffee pots, toasters, or smoke detectors. Scroll to the bottom of this page for complete details and what is and isn't recyclable and associated costs! Honest Weight Parking Lot

Wildflowers! With Linda Ford
Wednesday, April 17th, 12:30-1:30pm
This stunning visual presentation of the Copper Canyon Region of Mexico will provide you with a wonderful cross section of spectacular scenery, nature hikes to view the beautiful wildflowers, as well as visits to cultural and historical sights and opportunities to interact with the Tarahumara.  Gallery of photos will also be on display. Refreshments will be served! Community Room

Saturday, April 20th, 11am-6:00pm
Author Jon Steinman will be visiting Honest Weight this weekend as part of his tour of food co-ops to celebrate his new book, Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants. Grocery Story makes a compelling case for how food co-ops, as alternatives to corporate grocery giants, are spurring the creation of delicious local food economies and stronger communities, while changing the global food system for the better. All books sold during the event will come with a packet of seeds from High Mowing Organic Seeds!
Rad Soap Co. radcbd Demo
Saturday, April 20th, 11am-2:30pm
We’re excited to share with you Rad Soap Co.’s new line of CBD products, formulated from the highest quality full spectrum hemp extract. Support local with radcbd’s tinctures and topicals, made with vapor-extracted CBD and other all natural ingredients that help penetrate at the cellular level to optimize results. radcbd is 20% off, all month long. 

Earthdayogathon to benefit Protect Our Breasts
Monday, April 22nd, 6:00-7:00pm
The Protect Our Breasts Earthdayogathon is an opportunity to help prevent breast cancer by encouraging a cleaner earth, cleaner you. Honest Weight is proud to support the sharing of simple science-based tips to embody a cleaner, healthier lifestyle. Taught by Nikki Rogers of Lifted Vision, Community Yoga Services. Stop by our Service Desk to register with a $10 donation. Honest Weight will match all donations dollar for dollar! Community Room

DIY Coffee Body Scrub with Erica of Seriously Spotless
Wednesday, April 24th, 12:30-1:30pm
Join Erica of Seriously Spotless for this make and take class utilizing Equal Exchange Fair Trade coffee. Teaching Kitchen

Soil Testing With Cornell Cooperative Extension
Saturday, April 27th, 11:00am-2:00pm
Drop by and bring a soil sample to be tested by experts for a small fee! Follow these simple directions. at the Store Entrance

Albany Bike Rescue Workshop
Saturday, April 27th, 12:00-5:00pm
Albany Bike Rescue will be set up outside performing basic (10-15 minute) repairs. Bring your bike for a quick tune up or repair. Refurbished Bicycles will also be available for purchase! Outside Patio/Conference Room

So Many Seeds! Planting & Pods for Kids
Saturday, April 27th, 1:00-4:00pm
Drop by with the kids to plant pansies and create handmade wildflower seed pods for your own garden between 1-4pm. A healthy snack will be provided. Although you can drop in at anytime, registration is required for this event! Parents must accompany children. Teaching Kitchen

Bike Safety Class with Albany Bike Rescue
Saturday, April 27th, 5:00-6:00pm
A class and info session covering safe cycling practices, basic at-home maintenance skills, NYS vehicular law as it applies to bicyclists, and sharing quick tips on how to keep your bicycle in safe mechanical order before every ride. We hope you will join the discussion! Community Room

Detoxifying Vegan Soups with Lisa Brown
Sunday, April 28th, 12:30-2:30pm
Join Natural Gourmet Institute trained chef Lisa and learn how to create delicious and detoxifying vegan soups to nourish the body and support internal cleansing. Recipes and lots of helpful information will be shared! Teaching Kitchen


Read about other Eco-Friendly stuff we do at Honest Weight:

Our Bulk Department is huge and does a great job at reducing waste.

Our Enviro Tokens program encourages the use of cloth shopping bags.

Our store was built to have minimal enviromental impact.

Our Banned List includes ingredients that are harmful to the earth and her inhabitants.

All our meat and seafood are raised or caught sustainably.


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Acceptable materials for e-waste collection on Sunday, April 14th from noon to 4pm

CRT Monitors – Average weight 35 LBS
CRT Televisions up to 26” screen size - Average weight 47 LBS
CRT Televisions 27” and above screen size – Average weight 122 LBS
Wood Console, DLP, Rear Projection and other oversized units – Avg. weight 144 LBS
LCD Monitors- Average weight 11 LBS
LCD Televisions up to 26” screen size- Average weight 20 LBS
LCD televisions 27” and over- Average weight 47 LBS
Alkaline Batteries over 1/2 lb. (under 1/2 lb. will be free)

Free E-Waste Recycling:
Business Machines
Cables & IT accessories
Computer peripherals (mice, keyboards, webcams, speakers, microphones)
Electronics Scrap
Fax Machines
Gaming devices
GPS units
Lab & medical electronics
Mainframe/ Midrange
Mobile devices (cell Phones, Tablets, PDAs, MP3 players)
Networking Gear
Phone systems
Power supplies
Printers & plotters (ink, toner, & cartridges)
Routers & switches
Scientific Equipment
Security equipment
Servers & server racks
Stereo equipment
Storage devices (external hard drives, solid state drives, SD cards, memory cards, card readers)
Telecommunications Equipment
Video & audio equipment
Wiring & Cabling

List of Unacceptable Items
Carbon monoxide detectors
Devices containing liquid mercury (thermostats, switches, medical devices, thermometers)
Freon containing devices/materials (refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers)
Gas powered equipment
Household hazardous waste
Large appliances (stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers)
PCB ballasts
Propane tanks
Radioactive materials
Small appliances (toasters, vacuum cleaners, coffee makers, irons, hair dryers)
Smoke detectors
Consumer Media (VHS Tapes, Cassettes, DVDs, CDs)