$25 Gift Card Giveaway – Enter Now!

Celebrate Earth Month with Free Stuff

We’re hosting another giveaway! We continue appreciate our readers and want to thank you for your continued support, so we’re offering the chance to win another sweet gift card! How much is it worth you ask? $25! We still appreciate if you spend it on something recycled.

Just in time to count down to Earth Day, we’re pleased to partner up with Gifts With Humanity who is sponsoring this sweepstakes so one of our readers has the chance to win a $25 Gift Card to their online store.

The Gifts With Humanity online store is home to hundreds of unique gifts and innovative recycled products, many of which are made by inspiring artisans. With a wide selection of Fair Trade and recycled items, you’ll have a lot to choose from. Browse recycled jewelry, accessories, clothing, hand bags, home decor and more.

Gifts With Humanity was founded in 2002 by Kevin Ward and Renice Jones, who met as volunteer computing teachers in Kenya and realized the potential of the web to help change the lives of individual artisans. Gifts With Humanity works with more than 40 fair trade organizations, co-ops, family-owned businesses and non-profits in more than 20 countries that create beautiful handcrafted products.

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Now is your chance to win 25 bucks to their online store!

To Enter the Contest:

{1} Giveaway ends April 22, 2014 at 11:59 pm PST.

{2} Giveaway open to U.S. residents only, must be at least 18 years old at time of entry. Winner will be notified by the email address provided via Rafflecopter.

{3} Winner must respond within 48 hours of being notified. Winners will be notified via email, so please provide a valid email address. If you do not respond within two days of being contacted, another winner will be chosen. Winner will receive their prize directly from the company.

Enter now using the Rafflecopter form. Good luck!!

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Winners are picked randomly. The lucky winner will receive a $25 Gifts With Humanity by email.

Prize will be fulfilled by the contest sponsor Gifts With Humanity.

The full list of rules can be found on the Terms and Conditions link in the Rafflecopter widget. Disclosure: No compensation was given for this giveaway. Gifts With Humanity is an affiliate partner with RecycleScene.

Enter now using the Rafflecopter form above. Thanks again for reading, and good luck!

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8 Precycling Ideas That Help Save Money

Be a Precycling Champion

precycling ideasRecycling is great, but it doesn’t take care of all our problems. Preventing waste before it happens is a practice known as precycling, and small actions really add up.

Between 1960 and 2008, the amount of waste each person creates has almost doubled from 2.7 to 4.5 pounds per day. The most effective way to stop this trend is by preventing waste in the first place.

You may already be finding ways to precycle and you didn’t even know it! Take a look at these precycling ideas and incorporate them into your lifestyle:

1. Borrow or rent items when possible.
Did you know you could rent tools from Home Depot? Borrowing or renting items, rather than purchasing them, makes a ton of sense if you’re only using the tool for one project. If the item will be used only once or for a short time, avoid purchasing it. By borrowing or renting, you can also test products and brands to see if you’ll like it in the long run.

2. Buy in bulk.
Buying in bulk reduces packaging, but there’s one caveat- look for items with unlimited shelf life. Perishable items in bulk should be purchased according to what you will use. Ask yourself- how long will it take your household to eat one of those giant portions from Costco?

Helpful tip: Make sure what you buy in a large quantity will be used before it spoils and goes to waste. This goes for things you may not have thought would spoil such as olive oil- a giant bottle may go bad before you go through it, so plan ahead.

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How to Recycle Old Toothbrushes

For When Not Recycling Makes You Bristle

Toothbrushes are just one of those items that need to be replaced frequently- it’s just the way it is. Here are some ways to reduce the waste created by this necessity and show you some cool ways to recycle old toothbrushes. In addition, the purchase of recycled toothbrushes helps to close the recycling loop.

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Eco-Dent asks the question- why throw away the handle when just the bristles need to be replaced? They came up with a system to reduce the need to buy a whole new toothbrush. Instead, their line of Terradent toothbrushes allow you to conveniently replace the head of your toothbrush once the bristles are worn down. Purchase multi-head packs and you’re set! No need to throw the whole toothbrush out. Photo: Anderson Mancini

Eco-Dent products are available at many national stores, but If you can’t find this cool toothbrush locally, they have an online store, and are found on Amazon (aff. link).

Recycle Old Toothbrushes into New Products

Many of you may already know that the company Preserve provides recyclable toothbrushes. They also sell razors, tableware and cookware. Their Gimme 5 program allows you to send your #5 plastics (yogurt cups, etc) and they will recycle them into their products.

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DIY Projects & More with Homegrown Collective

Thanks to David Soref for this post about our affiliate partner, Homegrown Collective.

Tempted to try your hand at homesteading? Maybe grow your own bean and broccoli sprouts, make echinacea and St. John’s wort tinctures, or brew up your own batch of kombucha? DIY projects like these can be fun, empowering, and economical ways of enhancing our lives and our sense of well-being. And of course, DIY is the ultimate form of acting locally. The question is how to get started.

The Homegrown Collective is a company dedicated to promoting the DIY ethos by providing its members with products that foster self-sufficiency and promote sustainability. Here’s how it works: For a fee, each month Homegrown Collective sends its subscribers a “GREENBOX,” which contains professionally curated items designed for a particular seasonally appropriate DIY project (for example, the ingredients for home-brewed hard cider for the holiday season). And no, having a backyard garden is not a requirement for any of these projects.

Homegrown Collective DIY

Mitchell Rose, the founder of Homegrown Collective, says he started the company after having trouble finding a trusted source that not only vetted green and sustainable vendors, artisans and small businesses, but also made them accessible to everyone.

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Donate Old Cell Phones to Charity

Donate Cell Old Phones to Help a Soldier Call Home

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Robbie and Brittany Bergquist founded Cell Phones for Soldiers, helping soldiers overseas call home and keep old phones out of landfills.

Each year more than 130 million cell phones are decommissioned. Cell Phones for Soldiers makes good use of these unwanted devices and provides a way for you to donate old cell phones. Cell Phones for Soldiers accepts any type of cell phone, and since 2004, more than 11 million cell phones have been recycled through this innovative program.

Founded by two teenagers from Massachusetts, Brittany and Robbie Bergquist, this organization recognizes the need for an affordable way for service members to call home. Cell phones are collected and sold to their recycling partner Mindful eCycling.

Revenue from recycling allows for the purchase and distribution of calling cards to soldiers. That means that old cell phones effectively transform into millions of minutes service members can use to connect back home!

Co-founder Robbie Bergquist shares, “For us, recycling unwanted cell phones is really a win-win. Not only are we supporting our military personnel overseas and veterans here at home, we are also protecting our environment by keeping unwanted cell phones out of landfills.” Cell phones contain hazardous chemicals and heavy metals which pollute the earth if placed in landfills, so your choice to donate old cell phones has lasting effects. In addition to cell phones, chargers, batteries, accessories, PDAs and pagers are also accepted.

How to Donate Old Cell Phones

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