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The Recycling Era
A dumpster bin often has 100's of recyclable items in it!
The dawn of the Recycling Era
A new dawn is arising today in our society, it is changing our daily habits, our routines and making us more aware of the consequences we personally take when we process what was once considered trash: The Recycling Era! Recycling is not just for paper and bottles any longer. Did you know that now, in this day and age, we can recycle over 1000 everyday household items? In this new age, the Recycling Age we can now recycle your old televisions, all telephones (car, corded and cellular), light bulbs, batteries, ink cartridges, e-toys and coffee pots ~ just to name a few!!!
Recycling really excites me -- as a woman who is determined to be a part of the movement taking place for our environment.
Being a young woman in my thirties, I am very privileged to say that I worked for a non-profit society that has allowed me the freedom to create a recycling department, in our small community of 5300 people, that accepts around 1000 items! When I started with the facility we were a second-hand furniture store... old T.V.'s that didn't work kept flooding in and there was nothing that we could do to stop it! Then, about a year into our venture we caught wind of a recycling program that was starting up for electronic waste! Since the developing years e-waste was taken on; then small appliance recycling, e-toy recycling, tool recycling along with batteries, ink cartridges and a lighting recycling program that takes everything from bulbs to fixtures! When I left my position; we were sending out ton's of these products to be recycled every week!
The world is ours, so is the decision to make greener choices, I am going to stand for a greener world, full of reducing, reusing and recycling... I am hoping that you will take a stand with me...
Reusing, Upcycling & Repurposing
ABSTRACT RECYCLING: Will make a big difference for the environment
Reusing really is easy to understand. You take something you own, something someone gave you, or something you found that someone else has previously loved and you reuse it...
Have a look at the picture on your right. The dresser was an auction find ($10!) The vase was my grandmothers and the ceramic pot on the right was picked up at a local thrift store -- all very valid ways to Reuse items who have lost their current purpose in your life.
The paintings in this lens were created on material that used to be something else. That is the simplicity of Up-cycling. You take one thing (please ensure that it is at the end of it's usefulness) and create something completely different out of it.
The dresser in the lens? It is actually no longer serves as a dresser in our home... It is now a buffet in our dining room that gives us very valuable storage space. It is quite old, has a crack along the top of it and has areas where the paint is completely gone... But we love it. This piece really is the focal point of the space!
Anyone can go down to a Walmart and buy there home furnishings and accents for a very little investment... the problem with that? It will last for a very little time, as things are not produced today with the same standards of quality of those from bi-gone generations and chances are, you are not the only one that has been shopping at Walmart, so you will be purchasing what so many others (thousands upon thousands of people) have already, or will in the near future, buy.
Do we want unique, individual, quality home furnishings? If so: reclaiming, re-using, re-purposing and up-cycling is sooo the way to go!
Products featured in this article are made from recycled or renewable resources.
10 Categories of Recyclable Items
- Beverage containers
- Paper products
- Electronics: Televisions, Stereos, Computers, Phones and all of their lovely assessories
- Small Kitchen Appliances: Toasters, Coffee Pots, Mixers, Blenders, Deep Fryers and so much more!
- E-Toys: These are toys with any electronic element, if you plug it in, recharge it or put batteries in it, odds are that you can recycle it!
- Power Tools: This is a fairly new recyclable item and applies to most every handheld power tool you can imagine
- Batteries: There are two primary programs for batteries: Automotive and Household. Did you know that rechargeable batteries are recyclable too?
- Floor care items: Such as vacuums (floor and hand models), steam mops and steam cleaners
- Air Treatment products: Such as Air cleaners, fans, heaters, purifiers, equalizers, aromatherapy machines and humidifiers; plus many other items!
- Lighting: Bulbs, tubes, fixtures and ballasts
Styrofoam! Oh so NO!!!
Our home is a no Styrofoam zone. Very few communities have the resources to recycle this toxic material at this current point in time. Why? The stuff is mass marketed all over the world, bought, used for a few seconds to a few minutes, then disposed of in our overflowing landfills.
Did you know that it is estimated that Styrofoam will take a million plus years to decompose? Why isn't this stuff illegal?
If someone brings Styrofoam into my home, I make sure that the trash can is not it's second stop. I have become creative with how I can re-purpose 'the stuff'... Such as crumbling them into planters to help for drainage or start seedlings in them... Put those toxic little suckers through the wringer by using reusing them as many times as you can!
Say good-bye to Styrofoam & hello to a corn based alternative
There are other, better options to than Styrofoam based products... Such as products that are manufactured for re-use or products manufactured from materials that can decompose.
Give a hand to mother nature: She has been overworked lately!
Make your shopping choices a little greener... - Items Made in North America
Items that are manufactured locally will more often than not cost a little more -- due to the fact that in North America (and other places) we have established minimums of labour... People get paid here to work, not get enough to barely sustain life! If we reduce the amount of products that we purchase from Countries with unfair labour laws we can take a stand for fair wages!
Give a little thought to green purchases...
Reusing is the wisest shopping alternative; but if you are looking at new there are some ways that your new purchases can be a little greener. Seek out products that are made from recycled products or even for items that are manufactured locally. Shopping local is a plus, plus scenario -- you get to support your local artisans and will find a unique, one of a kind item.
I am the change for the world, we all are... it is up to us to decide how we will make our change matter: Today, tomorrow and always— LouCannon