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Plastic bags contaminating recycling

Plastic bags still seem to be one of the hardest materials to recycle. Although they are made of very easily recyclable materials they can many times be a contaminant in regular recycling. Problems with trying to properly recycle plastic bags is nothing new. Plastic bags have always been one of those commodities that have posed a challenge to collect and recycle. It’s no wonder why so many people would like to see them banned from being used.

 Plastic bags are typically made from one of three basic types: high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE), or linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE). The thicker glossier shopping bags from the mall or retail stores are LLDPE, while grocery bags are usually HDPE.

 Today most recycling haulers are seeing plastic bags mixed in with recycling. This is occurring in both single stream and multi stream recycling programs. Plastic bags are being found mixed in both municipal and commercial recycling.... read more

How to Recycle Your Unwanted Christmas Presents

So Christmas day rolled around at last and you were so excited to finally unwrap those shiny parcels twinkling wickedly at you from underneath the Christmas tree. But what if what you unwrapped was not everything your heart desired? What if – and don’t be shy here – you simply hated it? Now that it’s safely post-Christmas, we bring you our top tips on the best ways to recycle those lovingly gifted but simply off-the-mark presents.

 

Regift it

This one can be tricky! Don’t fall into the obvious trap of accidentally giving your unwanted present back to the very person who bought it for you. Combat this by jotting down who got you what and hopefully you’ll never make the ultimate gift faux pas. The golden rule with regifting is to make sure you give your unwanted present to someone who would actually like it - no palming it off at the first opportunity!... read more

How to Recycle Toner Cartridges

So, you’ve successfully changed the toner cartridges in your printer – What’s next? It seems wasteful to throw them out. In fact, it can be dangerous to do so since any remaining ink is thought of as chemical waste that can contaminate soil and water. And, considering that these cartridges are thrown out at a rate of 500 per minute, they are consuming a lot of landfill space. But throwing old toner cartridges in the garbage is not the only option. This article will provide tips for anyone who wants to learn more about how to recycle toner cartridges.... read more

Seven Reasons to Trash the Idea of Buying Plastic

plastic water bottlesThe world at large has a number of concerns.  The amount of plastic in landfills is a major concern for some, but should be on the radar for all.  Consider the following facts:

-          Global consumption of plastics has increased from 5.5 million tons in the 1950s to 110 million tons in 2009.

-          Today’s average American disposes of about 33 million tons of plastic.  Despite recycling efforts, only 6.5% is recycled.  Another 7 to 8% is involved in waste-to-energy projects.

-          The rest of the used plastic makes its way to landfills, where decomposition takes more than 1000 years.

Despite recycling and energy pursuits, increased usage of plastics is still a serious issue.  While broader global efforts are paramount for the health of our planet, each individual plays an integral role.  The more people work together and take little steps, the more the impact will be.  A little bit of work (even just word of mouth) goes a long way to inspire a bigger audience.  Here’s how you can help curb the accumulation of plastic in landfills.... read more

Cool Recycled Home Decors Made from Apple Computers

In present times, where technology seems to have the ability to deliver and offer everything a man can wish for, computers and gadgets can be found everywhere. Especially computers, from offices, cafes, malls, these peripheral devices can be found even at your home. But what do you exactly do when your computer become obsolete, outdated, or all of a sudden, broke down.

Well, some creative minds offered the following ideas on turning their Apple iMac computers to cool and uncanny house decorations:

iMac Aquarium – is computer-aquarium made by detaching the electrical component inside an iMac monitor including the cathode-ray tube and replacing it with a custom-made aquarium. The idea came from a professional photographer named Jake Harms from Nebraska, United States. He admitted that it took him a great deal of time to create a perfect curved shape similar to the iMac’s cathode ray tube. Presently, he sells iMac Aquarium online for $250 each, available in colors red, blue, aqua and white.

Crunching G4 Table – is a geeky-chic table made of two iMac G4 CPUs. Mike Elgan of Houzz.com, described the Crunching G4 Table as, “a coffee table made with Macintosh G4s. The machine itself is obsolete. But the product is too beautiful to destroy or discard. Repurposing it into furniture lets us remember it.” It is available for the price of $600 at Reform-Designs.com.... read more

Lexmark Turns Inkjet Cartridges to Recycled Pens

In the recent years, Lexmark has been earning a reputation in being an environment-conscious company contributing with its program that helps in our environment’s conservation and sustainability. From its efforts of designing its products with the environment in mind, to how they engineer their packaging to reduce materials, all the way to their recycling programs, Lexmark strives to be an environmentally responsible provider of products and services.

One of these recycling programs Lexmark have conducted is their Ink Cartridge Recycling Program, these allows its customers to ship back their used inkjet cartridges back to them to be remanufactured, re-filled with new toner and re-sale as quality Lexmark remanufactured printer cartridges. But last 2010, Lexmark came up with a bright idea to remanufacture or recycle empty inkjet cartridges and that’s by converting them into pens.... read more

7 Powerfully Lesser Known Ways To Save Big From Recycling

We know recycling saves the world; but, did you know it also makes sense regarding savings? Sure, being mindful of used resources benefits the planet, but did you know that these could also help your savings?

Where there's Muck, there's Brass

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Consider a number of ways to help the planet and your savings.

1) Shower Is this a familiar scenario: You turn the shower on, walking away for minutes until it is the right temperature. Sure, we all do it. However, we can conserve better. Place a bucket underneath the shower head, collecting the water, later using it to water plants, mop the floor, and so on. You're saving water and money on the water bill.... read more

5 Ways to Get Kids to Be More Eco-Friendly

Deciding to live a green lifestyle is easy for adults – you make the decision and then you execute it. But when you add kids into the mix you can quickly find yourself becoming a broken record of, “Turn off that light!” and “Do NOT throw that paper into the trashcan!” Kids, especially young ones, don’t quite grasp the necessity of living an eco-friendly lifestyle, and can have a hard time understanding why they can’t just throw away things in the trashcan like normal and instead have to take the time to evaluate what it is they’re throwing away. Instead of spending your time yelling at them to do things differently, try these five tactics for getting kids to be more eco-friendly:

1.       Make it easier. Instead of having a trashcan in the kitchen and keeping recycling bins in the garage, make it easier for kids by keeping recycling bins in the house. Consider buying a trashcan that has two compartments – one for trash and one for recyclables. Keep two small trashcans in bathrooms and bedrooms so that kids can put trash in one and paper products in the other. When it’s out in the open it’s much easier to remember to separate trash then it is when they have to walk out to the garage to toss recycling items into their appropriate bins. ... read more

Eco-Friendly School Supplies

Back to SchoolSummer’s about to end and you know what that means; it’s back-to-school time! Are you already excited for the first semester to start or completed buying everything in your back-to-school shopping list? If you haven’t yet, then why don’t you consider going green this school year by buying eco-friendly school supplies and show your concern to Mother Earth. Here are some popular eco-friendly school supplies in the internet that have been receiving awards and great reviews.

The Dream Collection Banana Paper Recycled Notebooks – is an 80-page eco-friendly recycled notebook made from post-consumer waste and banana fibers. A college notebook with a hard cover designed beautifully with water-based inks and has two pocket dividers. Plus, it was made acid-free and bleach-free.... read more

8 Unusual Ways to Recycle Your Old Electronic Components

With the constant changes in technology, computer peripherals and electronic gadgets quickly become obsolete.  However, have you thought that the junk you bought such as old computers, keyboards, monitors, cassettes could be reused to make useful gadgets?  Here are 9 unusual ways of reusing old electronic junk rather than heaping them in the trash.  

Incandescent Bulb Flower Vase 

Upcycling LightbulbsIf you have migrated from incandescent to energy saving bulbs chances are that you have a few old bulbs lying at your place. Don’t throw them away, instead use them to build beautiful flower vases at your home or office. You only require removing the black part that contains the connectors with a sharp screw driver. Dip your choice of flowers and secure the bulb-vase with cello tape to any place in your home. 

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