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Recycling Facts: Paper


“The case for recycling is strong. The bottom line is clear. Recycling requires a trivial amount of our time. Recycling saves money and reduces pollution. Recycling creates more jobs than landfilling or incineration. And a largely ignored but very important consideration, recycling reduces our need to dump our garbage in someone else's backyard.” -David Morris

To produce each week's Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down.
Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees.
If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year!
If every American recycled just one-tenth of their... Read More

Recycling Facts: Aluminum


We have some interesting facts to keep you motivated to recycle. Especially for the folks out there that love their sodas in a can. We hope you share these helpful tidbits and encourage recycling!

A used aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can, in as little as 60 days. That's closed loop recycling at its finest!

Used aluminum beverage cans are the most recycled item in the U.S., but other types of aluminum, such as siding, gutters, car components, storm window frames, and lawn furniture can also be recycled. (Diversify your aluminum recycling)

Recycling one... Read More

Reuse and Recycle – Friends of Frugal Living

water bottles

By: Clair Schwan

When I think about the reuse and recycle concept, I think about how it minimizes waste and supports multiple applications for a particular item. I also think about how this kind of mindset is a friend of frugal living. So, while being energy and environmentally conservative, it's also financially conservative. It's that type of multi-benefit behavior that I think needs to be on our list of life's best practices.

Up there at the top of my list of best practices is bottled water. It's a perfect example of reuse and recycle that's in harmony with my focus on... Read More

Living Sustainably for the Average Joe (or Jane)

Green Him and Her

By: Nicole Rodgers

A sustainable lifestyle is a noble goal, and one that we should all strive for, but going green can get expensive. Not everyone has money to burn, and for the average Joe, paying the rent and putting food on the table get first priority. But living sustainably is not just about reducing your carbon footprint by using high-priced hybrid cars and solar power systems; it's also about saving you money, right now.

You Are What You Eat

Let's look at one of the most basic human needs: food. "Organic" has become quite the buzzword in recent years, but buying organic... Read More

A quick guide to recycling electronics and IT equipment

Recycling electrical equipment

By: Kieron Casey

For many individuals, living a green and environmentally friendly life is quite simple and straightforward. Separating plastics and paper before putting them in the recycle bin is a simple enough task and buying locally sourced organic foods is second nature. Even the greenest minded of individuals, however, may appear uncertain at what to do with IT equipment and household electronics they wish to dispense with.

The hazards of disposing with old IT equipment

Simply disposing of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) items in the fashion of normal trash could prove potentially lethal to the environment. Due to the... Read More

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