Monthly Archives: January 2012

Carpet Recycling 101

How to recycle carpets

Creative Commons License photo credit: the-specious

Carpet recycling is a lot simpler than you might think. Usually it gets tricky to recycle an item that is made from mixed materials, but instead of sending carpet to a landfill, put it to good use. The Carpet America Recovery Effort, or CARE, provides an outstanding resource to locate carpet recycling places near you. CARE estimates that 5 billion pounds of carpet was sent to the landfill in 2003, and since they began carpet recycling in 2002, about 500 million pounds of old carpet have been recovered, and that number grows every year.

Their website has a great feature where you can click on your state to see where there is a carpet recycling partner- this is very handy! Don’t let your recycling habits get swept under the rug- take care to do something better with it by using this resource: Carpet Reycling

  • Bonus Tidbit #1: In 2007, Ray Anderson at Interface, Inc. was recognized as Recyclers of the Year by CARE, and was also featured in the 2003 award-winning documentary The Corporation. Watch this film to learn how one of the world’s largest manufacturer of carpet learned to change the way his company was relating to resources and the earth.
  • Bonus Tidbit #2:  In September 2010, California signed into law the first product stewardship law in the country to specifically address carpet. Beginning July 2011, a $.05 per square yard was added to the sale of all carpet sold or shipped into CA. This raises consumer awareness about carpet recycling, and creates an incentive to recycle by rewarding entrepreneurs who recycle carpet and produce marketable products made from post-consumer carpet.
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How Much Do We Recycle: The Top 10 Greenest States

recycling guide infographic
Infographic by BuildingsGuide.com, a metal building kit and green building resource.

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Best of Winter Collection

Winter is a time for coziness, marshmallows in cocoa, and- you guessed it- recycling! Recycling is a year-round practice, but during the colder months, there are so many great ways to reuse and repurpose. Here’s a great sampling of products and ideas for you to base your own projects on, and use as a springboard for more inspiration.

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Sweaters
Sweaters: whether you’ve outgrown one, accidentally shrunk it, or picked up a vintage one at a thrift store or garage sale, they are extremely versatile. Old sweater become scarves, potholders, bags, mittens, you name it!

The trees may be bare, but there’s no reason your neck should be. Enjoy the warmth of an extra sweater without wearing a turtleneck with this reclaimed scarf made from the sleeves of an old sweater:Each of these warm, wool animal mittens is made using repurposed sweaters sourced from donation stores:Incidentally, these cute mittens have all the fun of fur without wearing something dead! Made from recycled cotton.

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Return of RecycleMania, 2012 Edition

RecycleManiaHey college students, get ready to start saving up those 100% legally purchased and responsibly consumed alcoholic beverage cans and bottles, because RecycleMania kicks off on February 6, 2012. Each year colleges and universities from across the U.S. and Canada compete in this 8-week long tournament to reduce and recycle waste on campus.

Going For the Gold (Okay, Glass)

RecycleMania is made up of five primary competitions, as well as four targeted material competitions, which basically just means that there’s quite a few ways to win. From highest gross tonnage of recycled materials, to waste minimization per capita, to the Grand Champion prize, which combines trash and core recyclable materials to determine a school’s recycling rate as a percentage of its overall waste generation, there’s plenty of fancy calculations for the math majors and statistical scholars. Take a look at the whole list. Schools can also win in specific categories, such as most paper, corrugated cardboard, bottles and cans, food service organics collected or, new for 2012, electronics collected. Winners of RecycleMania receive awards made of recycled glass, and of course bragging rights.

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5 Ways to Keep Your House Warm

Save Energy and Reduce Costs

how to keep your house warm

Keep your house warm and reduce energy usage while saving money. Even cats will appreciate that!

Have you ever learned about they way beavers build their lodges to stay safe, toasty and dry? Talk about nature’s recyclers- beavers build from the inside out using mud, grass, and branches. These little flat-tailed critters’ homes are tight, so let’s take a lesson from them! Many houses have heaters, fireplaces, woodstoves or a combination of all three yet are still uncomfortably cold inside.

Aren’t we smart enough to keep ourselves insulated and warm? You may have taken one look at your heating bill over the last few months and wondered the same thing. Here are some ways for how to keep your house warm, reduce energy usage, and save money.

Many houses were built at a time in earlier decades when energy was cheap and adding insulation wasn’t a priority. Who cares about insulating during the winter when we can just crank up the heater? Well, 40 years later and rising energy costs have made the situation wasteful- and still cold. Natural gas prices fluctuate and could be on the rise, so what would it take to retrofit all this old equipment to greener, more efficient heat? Photo: cyrusbulsara

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