Tagged: Reduce-Reuse-Recycle

VIDEO: The Story of Electronics

The Story of Electronics explores the high-tech revolution’s collateral damage—25 million tons of e-waste and counting, poisoned workers and a public left holding the bill. Host Annie Leonard takes viewers from the mines and factories where our gadgets begin to the horrific backyard recycling shops in China where many end up. The film concludes with a call for a green ‘race to the top’ where designers compete to make long-lasting, toxic-free products that are fully and easily recyclable.

VIDEO: What Is E-Waste?

It can be an uncomfortable topic: eWaste. If you’re reading this you’re on an electronic device (unless you printed this out or something) but the term “eWaste” asks the question “What happens to my electronics when I get rid of them?” Your electronic waste is called eWaste and unless it’s properly recycled, and many times it isn’t, the harmful chemicals inside that make your smartphones and laptops run can leak out into the groundwater in landfills or harm those in other countries separating the parts for reprocessing.

While I won’t call it an answer to eWaste because you can always reduce, eCycling at least recycles the components of our electronic waste for reuse instead of dumping it in a landfill. Responsible eCycling on your part requires you to know where your recycled electronics are going and if your electronics recycler is responsible or not. Where can you eCycle your electronics? Check out the links on the EPA website epa.gov/epawaste or our post Amazon Lets You Trade-In Old Electronics For New Ones
eCycling is easier than you think.

If you’ve never heard of eWaste watch the video above from the good folks at GOOD.

PHOTOS: The House Made of Hemp

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Hemp is the soft, durable fiber cultivated from the Cannabis plant and is used to refer to marijuana with a low, non-psychoactive level of THC, the main chemical in marijuana. Hemp has been used for hundreds of years with an estimated 50,000 products being derived from it. Here, hemp is used in the form of Hemcrete- a mixture of industrial hemp, lime and water- to construct a home located in Asheville, North Carolina. More pics below. Continue reading

Going Green For Graduation

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Photo Credit: All photos courtesy of Oak Hall Cap and Gown

The class of 2011 is going green in a very different and unexpected way.

Graduating seniors are turning to eco-friendly apparel for their walk across the stage. At least four academic apparel companies are trading polyester and other synthetic fibers for fibers made from sustainably-harvested forests and recycled plastics. Continue reading

Why Keep Those Yellow Pages Phone Books? Go Paperless

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Remember those yellow pages phone books sitting on top of your refrigerator, accumulating dust? You never pick them up anymore, you just search for what you’re looking for online don’t you? Well, National Yellow Pages Consumer Choice & Opt-Out Site allows you to stop those yellow pages from showing up on your front step, thus curbing your paper use, saving trees, and helping out our environment.  Simply type in your zip code, register on their site, and choose which yellow page directories you really need.

Also, don’t forget to recycle those outdated yellow pages!  If your community has curb side pick up, you can probably put them out there, but be sure to check first.  If your area doesn’t offer curb side pick up, visit your county’s solid waste department’s website to find a recycling center near by.

Check out how you can opt-out at yellowpagesoptout.com

Recycling Rate For Certain Plastics Jumps To Nearly 50%

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Photo Credit: “bottles in trees” by Tracy Collins

The recycling rate for plastics containing polypropylene (PP) and non-bottle high-density polyethylene (HDPE) has risen by 47 percent in the last two years.

More recycling opportunities in U.S. communities has helped contribute to the rise, and others are following suit.

Unfortunately, the recycling rate is still hovering around 33 percent. That could be because not everyone takes recycling seriously or because there still aren’t a ton of recycling initiatives in place.

What do you think? How can we improve recycling rates? What are the recycling practices in your home or community?

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How Many Times Can A Piece Of Paper Be Recycled?

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Photo Credit: H005 via WC

Sometime we might think of recycling paper as a real answer for our paper waste problems. It saves trees and that’s supposed to be a good thing right? So how many times can a piece of paper be recycled? Can paper be recycled infinitely? Continue reading

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