A Watershed Moment: Angela Topp of Treehuggers Store Talks Recycling

On This week’s episode, we hear from Angela Topp, owner of Treehuggers Store in Grand Rapids, as she discusses the store’s free public recycling program.

Treehuggers Store, located on the corner of Wealthy and Diamond, is a unique fixture in the city – equal parts retail store and eco-education center – with customers ranging from mothers looking for environmentally-safe, non-toxic toys to homeowners who want to learn how plant and tend to a native plant garden.

“I love being the one who gets to set the bar at what an environmentally-friendly store in West Michigan looks like,” said Topp, who opened her first Treehuggers Store in Holland in 2010 and moved into her second location in Grand Rapids last August.

One of the most popular features of Topps store is the in-store recycling center where customers and local residents can come to drop off everything from old toothpaste tubes to potato chip bags. “We started with Styrofoam recycling. For us it’s just a really great service that we love to provide,” she said.

Treehuggers recycles about three semi-trucks worth of material every two weeks and donates the proceeds to local school districts and charities.

Listen to the full episode here.

“A Watershed Moment” is a weekly radio program focused on environmental news and happenings in West Michigan, plus solutions for living a greener life.  Broadcast on WYCE-FM 88.1 on Tuesdays at 8:30am and 5:30pm, this program is produced by Grand Rapids Community Media Center and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

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