Monthly Archives: September 2011

Recycle Bras For a Cause This October

Recycling For Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness

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Creative Commons License photo credit: Lord Jim

For the entire month, traditionally dedicated to Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness, The Bra Recyclers, a textile recycling company based in Arizona, will be collecting recycled bras nationwide to help women.

The Bra Recyclers collected over 7,000 bras during the first annual Bra Recycling Month last year, and are hopeful this year will be even more successful. The Bra Recyclers currently support 39 organizations across the United States, and will be partnering with businesses across the country to host weekly raffles to give away prizes.

The Bra Recyclers CEO, Elaine Birks-Mitchell, remarks, “The Bra Recyclers believe every woman and girl should not have to worry about something as simple as bra as they transition back to self-sufficiency and/or being cancer-free.”

Recycle your gently used and new bras during October and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize. An updated list of prizes is available on The Bra Recyclers website. So far, prizes have been provided by Sheila with Cookie Lee Jewelry, The Bra Tree, and Jenneration Fix, Inc.

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Hair Today, Recycled Tomorrow

Take a Strand on Recycling

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When a sheep gets a haircut, the sheered wool is made into warm sweaters and socks, but when we humans go to get a haircut it’s a little different. Hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body, second only to bone marrow. On average, hair grows a half inch per month, which is 35 meters of hair produced each day on the average adult scalp. That’s a lot of hair each year! You can donate and recycle your hair in some interesting ways.

One of the simplest ways to utilize hair is in your compost pile. This goes for pet hair too. In fact, the hair on your head contains 30 times more nitrogen than manure. During the growing season, side-dress your plants with compost to provide a very slow-release source of this nutrients. Depending on your compost method, it can take 1-2 years to totally decompose.

Fun fact: You lose about a 100 hairs from your head per day.

Since you’re not Rapunzel and won’t be reusing it as climbing rope any time soon, read about these other ways to recycle hair.

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Tap Into 6 Creative Ways to Recycle a Beer Keg

Recycled beer keg mailboxThere are even more ways to recycle a keg than you thought! You may remember the story about the sailor who traversed the Pacific on a catamaran made from beer kegs and plastic bottles. We don’t recommend you try that one at home, but it gets you thinking about other ways to reuse beer kegs besides melting them down for their metal.

In our interview with the owner of Fire & Light, we learned about how they use recycled beer kegs from local microbreweries as vats to cool their ladles as they produce their beautiful recycled glassware. So many possibilities!

While some might be easier to make at home than others, these are all pretty innovative ways to recycle a beer keg. For example, it seems fitting if you get an letter from a friend sent to this mailbox- would it be a first draft? Get it?

The first step in recycling a beer keg is super easy. You may have paid a deposit to the brewery you got it from. All you have to do is bring it back and the brewery will use it again and again.

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Small Things Add Up

Another theme on RecycleScene.com is that small things add up, and here are others who agree.

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Recycled Wedding Dresses Made From Amazing Materials

How To Wear White and Be Green

A Wedding Dress Made from Jeans

Recycled Denim Wedding Dress, Creative Commons License photo credit: Bex.Walton

Whether you’re trying to have the most eco-friendly wedding ever, or you’re on a budget, or you just love to play around with clothes made out of non-traditional materials, here are some great ideas for a recycled wedding dress.

Green & On a Budget

There are many options for buying gently used wedding dresses. You’re making a big difference if you opt to wear a dress that’s been worn before, by cutting down on the number of resources that must go into a garment you’ll only wear once.

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