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Smooth Ride: 100% Recycled Aluminum Bikes

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ReCycle Cycles incorporate innovative designs on their mission to reduce reuse and recycle.

ReCycle Cycles is raising the handlebar when it comes to sustainable design. Along with thoughtful, stylish designs and a smooth ride, the aluminum for their bike frames is sourced from a local smelter and is 100% recycled.

Founder Bryce Edmonds shares some words of wisdom below about sustainable production and why riding his bikes is so much fun.

Edmonds grew up on the East Coast of the United States, and was old enough to have experienced recycling as a way of life there, while many places had no concept of its necessity. “It’s crowded on the East Coast. There weren’t (and aren’t) a lot of places to put our ‘garbage,’ so recycling was mandatory from way back. So to me, recycling is something you do out of necessity, but it’s also something I do personally because I’ve traveled the world and seen what happens when we worship progress without sight of the damages that come on the other side of that coin.”

To work towards this end, besides using 100% recycled aluminum, their recycled bikes do not include a seat tube, which reduces the amount of material needed to make the frame.

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Make Your Own Soda and Reduce Waste

Is SodaStream Worth It?

There are other brands of home soda machines available, but most people have heard of the SodaStream. This brand claims to have saved the use of nearly 3 billion plastic bottles and counting. There’s a lot that has been said about the consumption of bottled beverages- a LOT. In one year, 206 billion liters of bottled water were said to have been consumed worldwide, and even though they are recyclable, many times they are not recycled. In fact, according to National Geographic, for every six plastic bottles we use, only one makes it to the recycling bin. With more and more households using home soda machines like the SodaStream, this post is a hype-free overview of how this product helps reduce waste, and any opinions are entirely my own.
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The SodaStream is easy to use, and requires no clean-up. After loading the carbonator into the soda-maker, you just fill the bottle with regular tap (or filtered water) and place it in the soda maker. A few presses of a button gives you a liter of fizzy, carbonated water in a few seconds. If you’re a soda drinker, you take one additional step and add one of their soda flavors or flavored syrup to your carbonated water. Overall, this product performs as advertised.

On their website, SodaStream differentiates an “Active Green” product from “Passive Green,” meaning that consumers actively minimize their CO2 footprint when using their soda maker. The more it’s used on a daily basis, the more CO2 footprint the user actively saves. This differs from products which use green-friendly production processes.

  • SodaStream uses water straight from your tap, so that means less plastic manufactured and less plastic waste produced.
  • A family of four could slash their home drink-related packaging usage by over 90% by using a home soda maker.
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Mmm…Recycling Aluminum Pie Tins

There’s a lot of baking this season, and with that comes a lot of aluminum pie pans, trays, roasting pans, and foil. These items make up the majority of disposable cookware and are used across the nation in high quantities during holiday cooking. Having a quality reusable pie pan or tin helps, but these disposable items are readily available and many people choose to use them to save time. Disposable items are also practical if you bring your treat over to a relative’s house or other holiday party so you don’t have to keep track of your items.

More than one million tons of aluminum containers and packaging, including soda cans, are thrown away each year. Holiday cooking doesn’t mean that items need to be sent to a landfill. See what your curbside recycling program offers and confirm what your nearby recycling center accepts. It’s possible that you can include aluminum cooking fare with your other recyclables. This is even true for aluminum foil, depending on where you live. In as little as 8 weeks after being sent to a recycler, recycled aluminum products are sent back to the grocery stores ready to be used again.

recycle pie pansMake an effort to not to contaminate the aluminum recycling process. Although metal is melted down during the recycling process, it helps if your items are clean. Try and get any food residue off by using hot water and liquid soap or dishwashing detergent.

BONUS TIP: Not many people realize that restaurants such as Marie Callender’s and Bakers Square offer a deposit on their pie tins. That means when you buy a whole pie from them, keep your pie tin and bring it back with you next time and you’ll get the 80 cents or so back. Next time you purchase a pie from your favorite bakery-restaurant ask whether this is their practice. These tins are also usually more durable than the aluminum tins in the disposable cookware aisle, so if there is no deposit to reclaim, consider reusing these yourself.

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The Flat-Out Truth About Recycled Countertops

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Recycled countertops ensure that materials collected in recycling programs will be used again for new products.

Recycled countertops come in many shapes and sizes, and are made from a variety materials. The majority of recycled countertops are made from glass and granite, but you can also find some made from aluminum, and even paper. These eco-friendly products measure up in terms of durability as well as scratch and heat resistance, plus look great in your kitchen or bathroom. For your next remodeling project, consider these countertops made from recycled materials and how they could fit into your space. Photo credit: georgiapeachez

Glass Countertops

When glass is sent to a recycling plant, 90% of the recycled material will be used to make new containers, but some will also used in kitchen tiles, wall insulation and beautiful countertops. Recycled glass countertops have the advantage of being resistant to stains, heat and abrasions. Countertops like these have been known to last several decades, and do not require the use of chemical sealants following installation.

Just as with a good quality, eco-friendly paint, there is very little emission of volatile organic compounds (known as VOCs) in the installation process of recycled glass countertops. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. For comprehensive listings of where to find recycled glass countertops, see EcoBusinessLinks.

Aluminum Countertops

Recycled aluminum countertops are softer than stainless steel countertops, but have the same smooth, modern style.

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Quick Tips to Recycle License Plates

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License plates are made from metal, usually aluminum, tin or steel depending on how old they are and the state that they’re from. Today, most plates are made of light aluminum laminated with a reflective coating. This makes recycling easy because scrap metal recyclers all around will be happy to take license plates off your hands, and even give you a little cash for them.

This is the same concept we mention in recycling clothes hangers- for any item made from metal, including appliances, give your local recycling center a call to see if they will accept it. The Steel Recycling Institute also lets you search for places that recycle steel on their online locator.

Some old, antique license plates might be worth money. People who own antique cars like to add a little charm by using license plates on them from the year of the vehicle, especially classic cars like from the 1950s and 60s. It’s worth it to see if you could score some extra money by selling them on eBay.

Some Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices encourage you to bring your old license plates into them, so it’s worth asking at your nearest. With some arrangements, scrap aluminum ends up generating money for the county.

Tennessee has a program where you advertise how much you care about recycling on your license plate, which is also manufactured from recycled metal. In case you were wondering, the license plates are available for vehicles registered in the State of Tennessee only. Project 2000 Inc is a nonprofit org whose initiatives promote recycling education through practice, presentations, workshops and an annual recycling summit.

License Plate Art

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Hand cut pieces of NYC license plates made this recycled yellow cab art.

The art of Aaron Foster is created with license plates from all over the United States, hand carved into distinct forms and mounted onto a cedar background. Originally from Northern California, Aaron spent several years living and working in Atlanta, Georgia, where he utilized materials such as reclaimed wood from old homes and barns.

Littlearth, based out of Pittsburgh, rocks ecofashion with its recycled license plate purses, and aims for an average of at least 50% recycled content in their product line. Their license plates are sourced from junkyards from around the country.

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