Monthly Archives: November 2010

Recycling Ideas: Get Cozy With Cup Cozies

Reusable Coffee Cup CozyIf you’re into the practice of reduce reuse recycle, you probably already have a washable, insulated travel mug. Good for you! But if you use paper cups, chances are you reach for that extra little piece of cardboard to wrap around your steaming beverage.

At Starbucks, for example, the paper cuffs are made from 60% recycled (post-consumer) paper and you can throw them in the recycling bin. But why go disposable when you can save even more energy and paper?

Coffee-statistics.com informs us that 14 billion cups of coffee are served every year wrapped in a single-use, cardboard coffee sleeve, which add up to 2.8 billion pounds of trash. It’s pretty nice on a cold morning to have the warm paper mug but not burn your hand, so let’s also eliminate that trash. Check out these great options, which also make for cool recycled gifts.

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America Recycles Day: Mixed Recycling Messages

Many people gear up to celebrate America Recycles Day (ARD) on November 15th, a day the USA has dedicated to promoting involvement in recycling. The theme for 2010 is “I Recycle.”

It’s always important to develop and foster recycling habits and to be aware that recycling is a great option in many cases- it saves energy and you get to be creative by reusing. Keep America Beautiful, Inc (KAB), primarily known as a litter-awareness group, is the large, volunteer-based community action and education organization behind ARD, and garners many sponsors and partners for it; You will find Disney, Pepsi, and Nestle are just a few of ARD’s corporate sponsors.

To be sure, Keep America Beautiful’s mission does advocate a close-the-loop recycling program, and they organize the annual Great American Cleanup, along with providing many educational resources. They are also the group that brought us a memorable early 1970s commercial with the “Crying Indian” campaign where the Indian (Iron Eyes Cody) sheds a tear after looking at litter.

It is important to take a look at America Recycles Day sponsors while thoughtfully considering ARD’s message: People should learn about what’s recyclable, pledge to recycle, and get the word out to others. The focus of ARD is on our individual choices. What about these large companies- what should they be required to do- only provide products that are taken back? Cut down on packaging? Produce less? Many would argue all of the above.

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Recycled Content: What Does That Mean?

Making Sense of Recycled Marketing Claims

Creative Commons License photo credit: Rubbermaid Products

Hey responsible shoppers! I’m absolutely confident that RecycleScene readers try and choose products made with as much recycled content as possible when shopping, right? Well it’s always nice to know that when products say they’re made with recycled content, they’re…um… actually made with recycled content! That’s where the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) comes in. They have put together the Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims or Green Guides.

These guides protect us consumers from potentially misleading marketing claims about whether products (and their packaging) are recyclable and whether they contain recyclable materials. This is also why you’ll see a % of recycled material rather than just a “recycled content” label. This is obviously important stuff, since you don’t want to be tricked into spending money on something that you think is recycled or recyclable when that could be a dubious claim.

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Trade-In And Recycle Holiday Lights

May Your Days Be Merry and Bright

Creative Commons License photo credit: laszlo-photo

The holiday season is upon us, whether we’re ready for it or not. If you’ve found your thoughts recently lingering on that dusty box of string lights in storage, then we’ve got some great news for you. Nothing is more frustrating than when one or two lights go out and your whole string of lights no longer works! Don’t fret, here’s some awesome trade-in and light recycling options.

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Playing with Plarn: Recycle Plastic Bags

An Interview With Eco Handbag Artist Cindy From MyRecycledBags.com

Photo courtesy of Cindy at MyRecycledBags.com

As all the crafters out there know, yarn can get expensive. Why not use a material readily found for FREE? If you’ve got the time…

Plarn is yarn made out of plastic bags. There’s lots of stuff you can make from plarn. Handy tote bags are great for instance- make your own recycled grocery bags! But you can also make hats, aprons, jewelry such as earrings, or anything you can find (or create) a pattern for.

One such amazing crafter that specializes in using plarn is Cindy of MyRecycledBags.com. I had a moment to speak with Cindy about plarn, recycling, and her awesome handmade bags.

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