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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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How to Stay Warm Without a Heater

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A dehumidifier pulls in cold air to keep your room warm and toasty.

When it’s freezing outside, it’s easy to run your heater constantly. In fact, as much as half of the energy used in your home goes to seasonal heating and cooling. Things may stay cozy, but you may not be too happy with your heating bill. Why pay more on your utility bills than you have to? We’ll show you some money-savings tips on how to stay warm in your house without using a heater.

Take a look around your living space. Do you notice water on the window panes when you get up in the morning? This may be the case particularly with single pane windows. Instead of running a space heater, which uses up to several thousand watts per hour and can become a safety issue if used improperly, consider an efficient dehumidifier.

A dehumidifier works by using a fan that pulls in air across a dehumidifying coil. The coil condenses the moisture from the air and sends warm, dry air flowing outward. Moisture removed from air is collected in a bucket that is easily emptied out.

These units are built well, and are pretty smart. A dehumidifier unit shuts off automatically and alerts you when your water tank is full. It is a great feeling to see for yourself how well this works, and how noticeably warmer your room becomes. When it’s time to empty the water bucket, it is designed to be easy to remove, carry, and empty. Use the water collected as grey water to water your plants or flush your toilet.

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Where to Recycle Vacuum Cleaners

We’ve covered a ton of national recycling programs, each one set up for different items, but all geared toward making the most of the stuff we use. Innovative recycling programs recognize there’s no need to send something useful to be buried in a landfill, and most of the time provide you with something more for recycling, whether it be cash, credit towards a purchase, or just the good feeling of participating. Now there’s a new way to recycle old vacuum cleaners of any brand, even if they’re broken! GoVacuum is willing to provide store credit for your new, old, functioning, or broken vacuum cleaner.

If you’re looking for where to recycle vacuum cleaners, Vac-Recycle is a new website from GoVacuum that makes up for the the lack of recycling options for this common appliance. Usually people don’t realize they can recycle appliances, especially those with complex and mixed materials such as electronics, motors and plastics.

vacuum recyclingMost brands of vacuums will get you between $10 and $50 worth of credit, and visiting their site will give you an idea of what your vacuum is worth. The store credit issued can be used to purchase any item on the GoVacuum.com website, which includes new vacuums and/or accessories, air purifiers, and more. If you don’t care for store credit but you’re still into vacuum recycling, send them your machine and GoVacuum will ensure proper recycling.

Another great part of this program is the 99% no-landfill policy, so you can be sure that any part that can be recycled will be by their partner Forever Green Recycling. If the vacuum is fixable, GoVacuum will sanitize, service, and repair the vacuum cleaner to be resold on their outlet website or other marketplaces.

For every vacuum recycled, the company will also plant a tree in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest in the user’s name. If you live close to their Chantilly, Virginia, location, drop-off service is encouraged. Recycle your vacuum now!

In other vacuum news, consumer appliances maker Electrolux announced its plan to use discarded plastic found in the oceans to make vacuum cleaners.

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4 Amazing Household Gadgets Made From Cardboard

Cardboard is such a versatile material, and it turns out, it is surprisingly strong.

Cardboard is a very common item, used at home and at businesses everywhere. It’s renewable, and easy to recycle and transport. In fact, businesses generate most of the estimated 31.4 million tons of corrugated cardboard discarded each year. The good news is almost 80 percent of these boxes are recycled. It’s time to move far beyond just boxes in our look at innovative every day items made from cardboard.

Corrugated Cooler

The Cascades ThermaFresh provides a unique portable alternative to the plastic or Styrofoam cooler. Made from 70% recycled cardboard, it is lined with a waterproof coating that makes it weatherproof and reusable. The outer shell of the camping cooler is composed entirely of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified cardboard, while the inside insulating shell is made of paperboard covered with a metalized film liner. Who would have thought that cardboard could be utilized in this way? Plus it is much easier to recycle than plastic or polystyrene.

Corrugated Computing

Recompute recycled cardboard computerHow about a full functioning desktop workstation computer made out of cardboard? Recompute is the world’s only Full Life Cycle Designed PC. Rest assured, cardboard is incredibly strong when configured correctly. For those of you with doubts, the Recompute team has put over 800 lbs (363 kg) on a Recompute case with no problems! A solid ventilation system keeps the cardboard cool, and the system has undergone tons of quality testing.

One of the most challenging aspects of computer recycling is dismantling the pieces, so we’re in luck: All the components of the Recompute computer are recyclable and only take minutes to separate. Be sure to read about the issues surrounding e-waste and information about computer disposal and recycling on our 3-part series.

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Energy-Saving Ways to Keep Cool in Summer

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Here’s a conundrum for you- how do you keep cool and comfortable during a heat wave and also save energy? The best case scenario is that you live in a well-insulated home situated in the shade. Problem solved! Apart from installing extra insulation, use these other energy-saving ways to keep cool before you reach to crank up the AC to emphasize reduce over summer.

Camping Outside Your Open Fridge

Eat up your food! Keep your fridge as empty as possible- this keeps the food from hogging all the cold air when the door is open. Food inside retains the cold, so the more loosely packed the items, the more cold air will rush out when you keep the door propped open and set up a tent outside. Okay, we’re kidding. There are even better ways to stay cool in summer!

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