Fun Recycled Holiday Gifts for Computer Geeks

Help keep waste out of landfills by purchasing awesome recycled gifts! The perfect gift is not only really cool but environmentally responsible. E-waste is a global problem, but there are ways to become a small part of the solution. First of all, always dispose of old electronics responsibly. This usually means donating them or finding…

Another Bright Idea: Recycling CFLs

Compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, consume 75% less energy that incandescent lights and last up to 10 times longer, so hopefully by now you use them in your home or office. A CFL bulb is more energy efficient, but eventually the bulbs burn out and you’ll want to recycle them. Proper CFL disposal is…

Reduce Food Waste With Food Donations

It’s a little crazy how much food is wasted in the United States. It may seem trivial to throw away the odd leftovers now and then, but food waste adds up. According to the EPA, 33 million tons of food waste was sent to landfills in 2010. From spoiled produce to large portions at restaurants…

Amazing Uses for Coffee Grounds

What’s a morning without a hot cup of joe? Usually they are thrown away or composted, but there are other amazing uses for coffee grounds. Beyond the benefits of adding coffee grounds into compost, they have also been used as a source of fuel. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, over 16 billion pounds…

Hotels Made from Planes, Trains and Trash

If you’re going to be staying in hotels for vacation or business- why not stay in recycled style? These accommodations are decidedly unique, with their construction materials having been rescued from the trash and decked out for a memorable night’s stay. With their interiors cleaned out and refurbished, these lodging options are also exciting attractions….

6 Recycled Gift Ideas For Graduates

Gift Ideas for Graduates What better way to say, “Congrats! Now go out there and make a difference,” than with a cool recycled gift? It’s like giving a little piece of a more sustainable future, an example of what is possible when we rethink and re-envision how the objects around us can be remade into…

Make Your Own Piñata From Recycled Materials

Piñatas are a socially acceptable medium through which to channel your pent up aggression! Smashing something to smithereens and getting a reward at the end is a good deal. Especially if you’re not the person that has to clean up the smashed piñata bits! When you set out to make your own piñata using recycled…

5 Reasons to Ditch Bottled Water

Below is a guest article by Robbie Reddy, who works with Bibo Water which produces a hi-tech home water filtration system working to eliminate the need for environmentally unfriendly plastic water bottles. Costly in multiple ways, bottled water is becoming obsolete. It takes a toll on the environment and on your wallet, while leaving a…

World Energy Map Shows Eco-Friendliness of G20

Below is a guest post by Marion Sebbage, who has worked with a project based around CO2 footprints of major countries, and helps to highlight who has the best and worst CO2 emissions. Energy efficiency and environmental awareness have never been higher on the political agenda, and these days we’re accustomed to looking at the…

Help Create a National Reuse Day

The Reuse Alliance is a national nonprofit currently petitioning the US Senate Committee on the Environment to recognize October 20th as National Reuse Day. The Reuse Alliance works to educate the public about the social, environmental and economic benefits of reuse. National Reuse Day hopes to encourage more people to join the movement toward creating…

Can Plastic Bags Be Recycled

It’s My Bag, Baby Many people have asked, can plastic bags be recycled? Have you ever stopped to think about how many plastic bags pass through your hands on a weekly basis? Perhaps you already have some reusable bags for market shopping, but what about a quick trip to the drug store, your take out…

The Story Behind Secondhand Something

If you like to practice reduce reuse recycle, that includes donating to and purchasing items from thrift stores. Instead of using resources to manufacture new goods, your money will go towards the cost of running the shop, whether it be Salvation Army, Goodwill or any other local organization with a charitable mission. Along those lines,…

What You Need to Know About Oil Filter Recycling

When it comes to oil filter recycling, it’s important to know that oil filters are made out of steel—the #1 most recycled material in North America! If you like to save money and change your own motor oil, you usually change your oil filter at the same time. When used oil is disposed of properly,…

Go the Extra Mile To Recycle VHS Tapes

What to do with all those VHS tapes It can be tricky to find a place that will recycle your video tapes because not many people use them anymore! There is not much profit for reusing the tapes, so companies don’t bother collecting them. But there ARE a few places that accept them, plus plenty…

Don’t Wait For Your Trash To Mutate

This Halloween, even ghosts recycle in this cute animation.