Smart Uses for Wood Ash

Don’t Trash Your Ash Sipping cocoa by the fire on chilly days is the best. After you’ve enjoyed the warmth and comforting glow of the fire, ashes, like other small things, start to add up. Wood ashes contain phosphorous, potassium and small amounts of other good stuff for plants. The best time to apply wood…

Are Balloons Recyclable? Yes…

Is Recycling Full of Hot Air? New Year’s Eve, birthday parties, graduation, gestures of goodwill after you unwittingly forget your nephew at the supermarket–there are a lot of uses for balloons. But what about after the celebrations are over and the balloons are no longer flying high? Like most issues when it comes to recycling,…

5 Recycling Statistics That Will Surprise You

Our trash is made up of stuff we commonly use and then throw away, but there are so many other creative things to do instead. The latest figures show a national recycling rate of about 34%. In 2010, Americans generated about 250 million tons of trash and recycled and composted over 85 million tons of…

Items Made From Recycled School Stuff

We’ve been talking about recycled school supplies and why they’re important. Now let’s take a look at cool art and other stuff made from recycled items you’d find around schools. We’ll go way beyond the rubber band ball- These ideas are great for gifts or creative recycling projects. They may be old, but these school…

Top 10 Recycling Headlines for April Fools’

Ranging from the silly to the cynical, here’s our Editors’ List of headlines we’d either like to see, hope we’ll never see or not sure if we’ll ever see: All Waste Disappears: People Stop Sending Recyclables To Garbage New Recycling Process: Old Recyclables Left in Sun Transform Themselves New Program Lets You Send Your Recyclables…

RecycleMe Iowa: A Recycling Solution

Recycling is easy! At least it is when you have curb side pickup. Sure, to be a recycling master you probably have to make a trip every now and then to your local recycling center for those pesky recyclables not collected at the curb. But what do you do when you move into a new…

Recycled Holiday Wreath Roundup

3R Christmas Wreath Ideas We’ve all seen traditional pine wreaths adorned with bows and holly, so it’s time to explore other unique materials used in making wreaths. Hear are some great wreaths made with recycled materials. Remember that most metal wires from wreaths are easily recycled. Spend some effort to reuse, compost and/or recycle all of…

3 Options For Recycling Your Old Printer

There’s a special level of frustration in trying to get your printer, copier, fax machine, or other necessary office equipment to function correctly. If your old printer has finally kicked it, you may be tempted to drag it out to an open field a la Office Space and take your revenge for its years of…

Save Money And Water With A Rain Barrel

It’s not groundbreaking news that you can collect and harvest water from the sky, but how many of us actually take advantage of this free resource delivery system? While you are limited to the amount of rainfall your area receives, it ultimately comes down to conserving water and using this resource wisely- something you can…

Pet Owners- Recycle That Can!

Together We Can is a great campaign promoting recycling awareness run by Purina, maker of Friskies and Fancy Feast brand cat foods, and the easy wordplay that is crafted in doing so is commendable. On their campaign homepage you can learn more about recycling and take a pledge to recycle your pet food cans. Over…

Starbucks Explores Ways to Recycle

When a large corporation with locations worldwide implements a recycling plan, it’s a great step forward for the planet, reducing hundreds of tons of waste and inspiring other companies and competitors to follow suit. That’s why it’s important to keep an eye on Starbucks’ efforts to move towards better recycling practices and recyclable cups. Read…

Recycling From Head to Toe: Swim Caps and Sandals

The feasibility of recycling swim caps into flip flops holds promise for Yvonne Kraus, triathlete and founder of EcoAthlete. She hopes that the final recycled product for the swim cap recycling program will be launched in the near future. Swim caps are made from latex, silicone, Lycra, or neoprene, a synthetic rubber. Recycling options for…

Support a Culture of Recycling

100% Recycled Paper at Paper Culture Every now and again, a company will practice the mantra reduce, reuse and recycle and it will make us stop and really listen. At Paper Culture, there are personalized stationery products for all types of life events and holidays. What sets them apart is that unlike some companies, their…

Recycled Holiday Decorations

There are so many ways to recycle this holiday while you’re decorating. Without further ado, RecycleScene presents some of the best recycled home decor tutorials you can find. Start by checking out these colorful holiday lights made of old plastic bottles in the photo to the right. Felted Sweaters Pick up some old wool sweaters…

Recycled Mardi Gras Beads Inspire Community

Give Beads a Second Chance Many people like to keep Mardi Gras beads as a colorful souvenir, as they are an important tradition for the city and community in New Orleans. You may not have thought to recycle them after the parades, but there are some great opportunities in place to make a difference by…