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🖥️ The amount of electronic waste the U.S. produces — 6.9 million tons annually — is an overwhelming problem, but for St...
01/08/2024

🖥️ The amount of electronic waste the U.S. produces — 6.9 million tons annually — is an overwhelming problem, but for Steve Figgatt, founder of the e-waste recycling business Sycamore International, it’s also a nearly limitless opportunity.

Thirteen years ago Figgatt, 36, started the West Grove-based business — which now employs 73 people and processes 40,000 devices per month in 60,000 square feet of warehouse space.

➡️ Learn more about the process of reducing electronic waste and Sycamore International’s commitment to do so at https://gridphilly.com/blog-home/2024/01/01/west-grove-tech-business-innovates-electronic-recycling-and-builds-its-own-microgrid/

✍️ Alex Mulcahy
📸 Chris Baker Evens Photography

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♻️ Meet Ray Daly, the founding owner of Ray's Reusables! She may be on a zero-waste mission, but her approach is more su...
01/05/2024

♻️ Meet Ray Daly, the founding owner of Ray's Reusables! She may be on a zero-waste mission, but her approach is more supportive sherpa than zealous missionary. While noting on her website that only 9% of the 8.3 billion pounds of plastic produced before 2019 have been recycled — Daly’s response is not to panic but to provide alternatives.

The thoughtfully curated household, personal care and gift selections she offers make it easy for consumers to support local makers, buy eco-friendly items and reduce packaging waste by refilling reusable containers with bulk products.

➡️ Learn more about Ray Daly’s efforts to make sustainability approachable and achievable at https://gridphilly.com/blog-home/2024/01/01/nolibs-shop-guides-customers-both-new-and-experienced-in-zero-waste-choices/

✍️ Marilyn Anthony
📸 Chris Baker Evens Photography

🛍️ Samuel Velasquez operates La Marqueza Philly, a colorful Mexican food truck near the Community College of Philadelphi...
01/04/2024

🛍️ Samuel Velasquez operates La Marqueza Philly, a colorful Mexican food truck near the Community College of Philadelphia. Before the City’s plastic bag ban, his customers received their orders in disposable plastic bags. These days, unless those customers offer up their own reusable bags, their orders come in paper bags.

Two years after the ban’s implementation, the Mayor’s Office released an independent study…which shows some progress. According to the report, the percentage of shoppers that used at least one plastic bag while grocery shopping has dropped from 64% before the ban to 4%. The researchers estimate that during that period, the law prevented the distribution of more than 200 million single-use plastic bags. But there are still plenty of challenges.

➡️ Learn more about Philly’s plastic bag ban and how it’s affecting local businesses at https://gridphilly.com/blog-home/2024/01/01/phillys-plastic-bag-ban-has-not-been-perfect-but-it-has-significantly-changed-business-and-consumer-behavior/

✍️ Dawn Kane
📸 Matthew Bender Studios

🚨 Attention all thrift store shoppers: Grid wants to know about your all-time best thrift store score for our upcoming c...
01/03/2024

🚨 Attention all thrift store shoppers: Grid wants to know about your all-time best thrift store score for our upcoming clothing issue. Business suit? Wedding dress? Comfy jeans? Drop us a note at [email protected] to tell your story.

🚮 Happy 2024! We’re kicking off the new year with a brand new issue — and this one’s all about waste!Learn more about Ph...
01/02/2024

🚮 Happy 2024! We’re kicking off the new year with a brand new issue — and this one’s all about waste!

Learn more about Philly’s plastic bag ban and the local businesses it’s affecting, take a dive into the dumping issue plaguing our city, meet the reusable dishware company cutting into cafeteria waste and more all in issue 176 of Grid!

➡️ Visit gridphilly.com to read the January issue now!

As 2023 comes to a close, we want to take this time to express our gratitude for your continued support across another 1...
12/31/2023

As 2023 comes to a close, we want to take this time to express our gratitude for your continued support across another 12 issues of Grid Magazine. It’s with it we’re able to continue spreading awareness surrounding local issues and the people aiming to make Philadelphia a better place, so THANK YOU! Thank you for seeking out ways of staying informed, thank you for wanting to improve the future of the world we live in, and thank you for joining us in our corner as we aim to do our small part in educating others. From everyone at Grid, we wish you a very safe and happy new year! See you in 2024 💚

📝 Editor’s Notes: A Moving Target 📝 Everyone loves Green City, Clean Waters — at least in theory.Twelve years ago the Ph...
12/22/2023

📝 Editor’s Notes: A Moving Target 📝

Everyone loves Green City, Clean Waters — at least in theory.

Twelve years ago the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) rolled out the ambitious, 25-year plan meant to deal with our combined stormwater-sewer system…But it appears that Green City, Clean Waters isn’t enough. As Kyle Bagenstose writes in this issue, PWD isn’t on track to reach its target of greened acres. And even if they were, global warming is moving the target.

➡️ Read the full note from our editor and more about the current status of Green City, Clean Waters at https://gridphilly.com/blog-home/2023/12/01/editors-notes-a-moving-target/

✍️ Bernard Brown

🍄 Did you know that psychedelic plants and fungi have been proven to be a powerful source of medicine? Buoyed by a growi...
12/20/2023

🍄 Did you know that psychedelic plants and fungi have been proven to be a powerful source of medicine? Buoyed by a growing body of research, these drugs show the potential to support the treatment of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction while helping to heal individual and communal trauma, connect residents to nature, and support the aims of harm reduction.

Meet Decriminalize Nature Philly, a local organization advocating for expanded access to psychedelic plants and fungi.

➡️ Learn more about the potential benefit of these plants and the organization’s efforts to educate us on them at https://gridphilly.com/blog-home/2023/12/01/therapeutic-psychedelics-hold-the-promise-of-individual-and-communal-healing/

✍️ Ben Seal
📸 Max Grudzinski

🧘‍♀️ "What yoga has done for me is give me enough space between thought and action — it can literally save your life." A...
12/19/2023

🧘‍♀️ "What yoga has done for me is give me enough space between thought and action — it can literally save your life." Andre Coles, Roots2Rise

The nine students sitting before their teacher, Andre Coles, differ in age, physical abilities, gender and race, but they come together to grow and build community through the Roots2Rise yoga program. With soft music playing in the background, program director Coles welcomes all.

With low or no-cost class options, Roots2Rise Wellness is a registered nonprofit whose mission is to break down income, demographic and gender barriers to yoga and meditation classes.

➡️ Read more about Roots2Rise’s effort to make mental and physical wellbeing accessible in Philadelphia at https://gridphilly.com/blog-home/2023/12/01/yoga-nonprofit-provides-a-supportive-environment-for-people-of-all-races-ages-and-genders/

✍️ Dawn Kane
📸 TB Wildlife Photography

🎁 And that’s a WRAP! The full 2023 NextFab  Holiday Gift Guide is here just in time for the holidays! If you’re looking ...
12/17/2023

🎁 And that’s a WRAP! The full 2023 NextFab Holiday Gift Guide is here just in time for the holidays! If you’re looking for some last minute gift ideas, look no further than this collection of over 50 locally-made items that your loved ones will adore and that you’ll feel good about gifting.

➡️ Head to gridphilly.com https://gridphilly.com/blog-home/2023/10/30/nextfab-holiday-gift-guide-2023/ to view the complete guide!

⭐️ NextFab Holiday Gift Guide Part 13: Support a Black-Owned Business ⭐️ Support your favorite Black-owned businesses th...
12/16/2023

⭐️ NextFab Holiday Gift Guide Part 13: Support a Black-Owned Business ⭐️

Support your favorite Black-owned businesses this holiday season with an assortment of fashion, jewelry, and lifestyle finds.

Featured Makers:
Cherne Altovise: https://chernealtovise.com/
Historical Dream: https://www.historicaldream.com/
M Casey Designs: https://www.mcaseydesigns.com/
SONAO: https://www.soroyanaomi.co/
LaserPhilly: https://laserphilly.com/
Yemisi Art: https://www.instagram.com/yemisi_art/

➡️ For more Philadelphia-made gift ideas, visit https://gridphilly.com/.../nextfab-holiday-gift-guide-2023/

🎨 Meet The Clay Studio, one of the nation’s oldest centers for ceramics. Their new, four-story, 34,000 square-foot build...
12/15/2023

🎨 Meet The Clay Studio, one of the nation’s oldest centers for ceramics. Their new, four-story, 34,000 square-foot building in Olde Kensington has exhibition space, classrooms, studios, 24 kilns, a roof deck, a sculpture garden and a gift shop with the famed wall of more than 160 mugs in every conceivable style, shape and color.

Equipped with the materials and supplies needed for ceramics lessons, The Clay Studio’s “Claymobiles” allow its instructors to bring the healing power of clay to senior centers, schools, juvenile justice centers and shelter facilities. The two Claymobiles serve some 5,000 people within a 30-mile radius of the studio.

➡️ Learn more about The Clay Studio and its empowering awareness regarding the benefits of tactile art at https://gridphilly.com/blog-home/2023/12/01/ceramics-studio-brings-the-healing-powers-of-clay-to-schools-shelters-and-seniors/

✍️ Constance Garcia-Barrio
📸 The Clay Studio

⭐️ NextFab Holiday Gift Guide Part 12: For the Nature Lover ⭐️ Even if you can’t find time to go outdoors, bring a bit o...
12/14/2023

⭐️ NextFab Holiday Gift Guide Part 12: For the Nature Lover ⭐️

Even if you can’t find time to go outdoors, bring a bit of nature inside your home with these blossoming gifts for nature lovers.

Featured Makers:
Moodio: https://moodiostudio.com/
Linda Celestian: https://lindacelestian.com/
Amphi Americas: https://amphiamericas.com/shop
Pandemic Design Studio: https://nodewallplanter.com/
Brick & Wire: https://www.liahuntington.com/
Livetodream: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ekarasek

➡️ For more Philadelphia-made gift ideas, visit https://gridphilly.com/.../nextfab-holiday-gift-guide-2023/

🌱 On a brilliant October morning in FDR Park, a small group coalesces around a striking figure. Sporting a cap of tight ...
12/13/2023

🌱 On a brilliant October morning in FDR Park, a small group coalesces around a striking figure. Sporting a cap of tight platinum curls, “The Thursday Murder Club” earrings and floral overalls that would provide perfect camouflage in a perennial garden at high season, Lady Danni Morinich welcomes aspiring foragers to her two-hour exploration of wild plants. She sets the tone with the first of many memorable statements: “A w**d is a plant whose value you haven’t yet understood.”

➡️ Learn the value of w**ds and those educating us about them at https://gridphilly.com/blog-home/2023/12/01/expert-forager-shows-us-the-power-of-the-plants-we-overlook/

✍️ Marilyn Anthony
📸 Matt Bender

⭐️ NextFab Holiday Gift Guide Part 11: Pining For You ⭐️ If you’re pining for someone special, skip the mistletoe this y...
12/12/2023

⭐️ NextFab Holiday Gift Guide Part 11: Pining For You ⭐️

If you’re pining for someone special, skip the mistletoe this year and adorn them with one-of-a-kind statement pieces handcrafted out of the NextFab jewelry studios.

Featured Makers:
Virginia DeNale Jewelry: https://virginiadenalejewelry.com/
Barbara Schumer Enamel Jewelry: https://www.instagram.com/barbaraschumer/
Cartrageous: https://www.cartrageous.com/
Niki Leist: https://www.nikileist.com/
Idol Light: https://idol-light.com/

➡️ For more Philadelphia-made gift ideas, visit https://gridphilly.com/.../nextfab-holiday-gift-guide-2023/

🧠 The phone woke Jacqui Johnson, founder and clinical director of Sankofa Healing Studio, from a sound sleep. On the oth...
12/11/2023

🧠 The phone woke Jacqui Johnson, founder and clinical director of Sankofa Healing Studio, from a sound sleep. On the other end of the line, Tinika Hogan, recently released from prison, teetered on the brink of disaster. She was about to do something that would have gotten her kicked out of a halfway house, which could have meant landing on the street and probably shooting up he**in again. But Hogan knew she could call on Johnson for help.

➡️ Learn more about Sankofa Healing Studio, the afrocentric practice that provides mental health care to Philadelphia’s Black community, at https://gridphilly.com/blog-home/2023/12/01/afrocentric-practice-offers-culturally-competent-mental-health-care-in-north-philadelphia/

✍️ Constance Garcia-Barrio
📸 Chris Baker Evens Photography

⭐️ NextFab Holiday Gift Guide Part 10: Everyday Jewelry ⭐️ Elevate your every day with these sparkling accessories. From...
12/10/2023

⭐️ NextFab Holiday Gift Guide Part 10: Everyday Jewelry ⭐️

Elevate your every day with these sparkling accessories. From simple sterling silver rings to more bold pieces.

Featured Makers:
SONAO: https://www.soroyanaomi.co/
Moodio: https://moodiostudio.com/
Brick & Wire: https://www.liahuntington.com/
no. 27 collection: https://no27collection.com/
Livetodream: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ekarasek

➡️ For more Philadelphia-made gift ideas, visit https://gridphilly.com/.../nextfab-holiday-gift-guide-2023/

🌳 Six-year-old West Philly native Idris McClellan looks very much at home running through Awbury Arboretum on a recent f...
12/08/2023

🌳 Six-year-old West Philly native Idris McClellan looks very much at home running through Awbury Arboretum on a recent fall day, but he’s actually there on doctor’s orders.

McClellan is part of , a collaborative program of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Awbury, Let’s Go Outdoors and the U.S. Forest Service to encourage outdoor time and recreation for children and their families.

When asked what he enjoys most about being outside or being a part of their program, McClellan explains it simply: “I like birds [and] I like hikes.”

➡️ Learn how Prescribe Outside’s encouragement for the outdoors is helping kids and parents work toward mental and physical wellbeing together at https://gridphilly.com/blog-home/2023/12/01/time-in-nature-is-a-boon-for-childrens-physical-and-mental-health-its-also-great-for-parents/

✍️ Kiersten Adams
📸 TB Wildlife Photography

⭐️ NextFab Holiday Gift Guide Part 8: Local Fine Art ⭐️ Look no further for local artists to adorn your home — gift fine...
12/07/2023

⭐️ NextFab Holiday Gift Guide Part 8: Local Fine Art ⭐️

Look no further for local artists to adorn your home — gift fine art from around the corner.

Featured Makers:
Kevin B Huang Studio Art: https://www.kevinbhuang.com/
Brick & Wire: https://www.instagram.com/brick.and.wire/
Eric Zippe Fine Art:https://ezippe.art/
Maria Schneider Arte: https://www.mariarschneider.com/
Bill Russell Studio: http://billrussellstudio.com/

➡️ For more Philadelphia-made gift ideas, visit https://gridphilly.com/blog-home/2023/10/30/nextfab-holiday-gift-guide-2023/

🫁 Did you know that 21% of children have asthma in Philadelphia, a number that is more than double the national rate? Ad...
12/06/2023

🫁 Did you know that 21% of children have asthma in Philadelphia, a number that is more than double the national rate? Additionally, non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic children have the highest rates of asthma-related hospitalizations. That’s roughly FIVE TIMES higher than that of non-Hispanic white children. Fortunately, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Community Asthma Prevention Program works to mitigate these numbers by implementing asthma interventions in underserved, poorly-resourced communities; and they’ve proven successful.

➡️ Learn how CHOP’s CAPP program has slashed asthma-related emergency room visits by approximately 50% at gridphilly.com https://gridphilly.com/blog-home/2023/12/01/home-repair-program-slashes-childhood-asthma-hospitalizations/!

✍️ Ashley Lauren Walker
📸 Chris Baker Evens Photography

⭐️ NextFab Holiday Gift Guide Part 7: Seasoned Greetings from the Kitchen ⭐️ The best memories are made around the kitch...
12/05/2023

⭐️ NextFab Holiday Gift Guide Part 7: Seasoned Greetings from the Kitchen ⭐️

The best memories are made around the kitchen table — while we can’t guarantee your food will taste better, your presentation will be A+.

Featured Makers:
MDK Studio: https://mdk-studio.com/
Loma Living: https://lomaliving.com/
Rachel Kedinger Design: https://www.rachelkedinger.com/
Bill Russell Studio: http://billrussellstudio.com/
Untitled_Co: https://www.untitledco.design/

➡️ For more Philadelphia-made gift ideas, visit https://gridphilly.com/blog-home/2023/10/30/nextfab-holiday-gift-guide-2023/

💧 Delaware Currents, in partnership with Grid magazine and The Chestnut Hill Local, spent months examining Green City, C...
12/04/2023

💧 Delaware Currents, in partnership with Grid magazine and The Chestnut Hill Local, spent months examining Green City, Clean Waters, reviewing more than a decade of Philadelphia Water Department materials, and interviewing more than a dozen engineers, clean water advocates and other experts. Here’s what we found.

Across Philadelphia, there are more than 160 places where vast underground networks of aging sewers can overflow and pollute various waterways. How well is the city’s $2B+ solution to this problem working?

➡️ Learn more about our findings at https://gridphilly.com/blog-home/2023/12/01/philly-is-spending-2b-to-fix-its-sewage-problem-but-is-green-city-clean-waters-working/

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Pennsylvania Environmental Council
PennFuture
PennEnvironment
Stroud Water Research Center
Delaware Riverkeeper Network
Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed
Schuylkill Action Network

✍️ Kyle Bagenstose
📸 Kromah Studio

⭐️ NextFab Holiday Gift Guide Part 6: Luxury Lifestyle ⭐️ Skip the Ikea trip and furnish your forever home with forever ...
12/03/2023

⭐️ NextFab Holiday Gift Guide Part 6: Luxury Lifestyle ⭐️

Skip the Ikea trip and furnish your forever home with forever pieces, including handbuilt furniture, home goods, and instruments.

Featured Makers:
M. Blackburn Furniture Maker: https://www.blackburnfurniture.com/
Kevin B Huang Studio Art: https://www.kevinbhuang.com/
WRWeeks Custom Fabrication: https://the-weeks-group.com/
Castle Brothers Workshop: https://www.castlebrothersworkshop.com/shop
Feuerman Design Group: https://www.feuermandesign.com/
R. Hyde Custom Guitars: https://www.rhydeguitars.com/
Bill Russell Studio: http://billrussellstudio.com/
N’ụlọ Adaeze: https://nnennia.wixsite.com/nuloadaeze

➡️ For more Philadelphia-made gift ideas, visit https://gridphilly.com/blog-home/2023/10/30/nextfab-holiday-gift-guide-2023/

⭐️ NextFab Holiday Gift Guide Part 5: WFH Style ⭐️ Just because you’re stuck at a desk doesn’t mean you can’t work in st...
12/02/2023

⭐️ NextFab Holiday Gift Guide Part 5: WFH Style ⭐️

Just because you’re stuck at a desk doesn’t mean you can’t work in style. Make it over the afternoon slump with these cheery gifts.

Featured Makers:
Scrapyard Aesthetics: https://www.etsy.com/shop/scrapyardaesthetics/?etsrc=sdt
Feuerman Design Group: https://www.feuermandesign.com/
Loma Living: https://lomaliving.com/
LaserPhilly: https://laserphilly.com/
Moodio Studio: https://moodiostudio.com/

➡️ For more Philadelphia-made gift ideas, visit https://gridphilly.com/blog-home/2023/10/30/nextfab-holiday-gift-guide-2023/

⭐️ NextFab Holiday Gift Guide Part 4: Stocking Stuffers ⭐️ Give Santa a helping hand this year by stocking your loved on...
12/01/2023

⭐️ NextFab Holiday Gift Guide Part 4: Stocking Stuffers ⭐️

Give Santa a helping hand this year by stocking your loved ones with something handmade and wonderful.

Featured Makers:
Project Joy Studio: https://www.projectjoystudio.com/
Philly Jerk: https://phillyjerk.com/
Ray's Reusables: https://raysreusables.com/
Moodio Studio: https://moodiostudio.com/

➡️ For more Philadelphia-made gift ideas, visit https://gridphilly.com/blog-home/2023/10/30/nextfab-holiday-gift-guide-2023/

💪 Happy December! We’re ending the year with an issue dedicated to what matters most during the holiday season and beyon...
12/01/2023

💪 Happy December! We’re ending the year with an issue dedicated to what matters most during the holiday season and beyond: taking care of ourselves and one another.

In Grid Issue 175: The Health Issue, we tackle the importance of physical and mental health, learn achievable ways to maintain our wellbeing, and highlight those helping us do so in Philadelphia.

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE - a special report that breaks down PWD’s mission to fix Philly’s sewage problem. Is Green City, Clean Waters working?

➡️ Visit https://gridphilly.com/ to read the December issue now!

📸 Cover photo by Gene Smirnov

⭐️ NextFab Holiday Gift Guide Part 3: Spruce Up Your Home ⭐️ These evergreen home goods and decor are perfect for your n...
11/30/2023

⭐️ NextFab Holiday Gift Guide Part 3: Spruce Up Your Home ⭐️

These evergreen home goods and decor are perfect for your new apartment, dorm room or to turn any house into a home.

Featured Makers:
Untitled_Co: https://www.untitledco.design/
Pandemic Design Studio: https://nodewallplanter.com/
M Casey Designs: https://www.mcaseydesigns.com/
Tombino: https://www.tombino.shop/
ADHD Loops: https://adhdloops.com/
MiniAlley: https://minialley.com/

➡️ For more Philadelphia-made gift ideas, visit https://gridphilly.com/blog-home/2023/10/30/nextfab-holiday-gift-guide-2023/

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