Tag Archive: Precycling

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle on a Picnic

Precycling on a Picnic

Picnics in the park are a great way to enjoy warmer weather. You may already “Pack Your Trash” as suggested by signs across the country, but we’ve got ways to reduce trash altogether.

This is a technique called precycling, and it saves money while reducing waste. Precycling is a way of preventing waste before it happens. You may already be finding ways to precycle and you didn’t even know it! With your basket packed and ready to go, use these tips as you head out for a picnic.

precycling saves moneyInstead of using plastic bags for your snacks and sandwiches, check out reusable options which are machine washable and made from recycled materials. ChicoBag offers nice looking reusable baggies made from recycled PET, a type of plastic: ChicoBag Reusable Bags, Pack of 3.

Rest assured that they’re made from food-safe materials tested to be BPA, phthalate, PVC and lead free. Another reason we appreciate ChicoBag is for their repurposing and recycling program for all brands and types of reusable bags. Send them all of your reusable bags, functional or not and they will distribute them to low income families ready to start using reusable bags or recycle them into new useful products such as rugs.

Other brands of reusable sandwich bags include LunchSkins and Reusies, available to order online.

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Starbucks Explores Ways to Recycle

Travel mugWhen 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 on to find out about the steps involved in making this a reality for the planet, and what you can do to help.

Starbucks recently hosted its third cup summit in Massachusetts to work towards recycling solutions. The plastic liner in their paper cup keeps coffee from leaking through, but is what currently makes paper cups so difficult to recycle.

What helps is that Starbucks paper cups are currently made with 10% post-consumer materials. In the fall of 2010, they also began sending used coffee cups from Chicago area stores to a Wisconsin recycling plant to have them remade into tissue and Starbucks napkins.

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Unorthodox Recycled Art: The Corrugated Mosaics of Luci Lytle

Cardboard Art

Luci Lytle has been collecting recycled and found materials for ages. Her studio is lined with floor to ceiling shelves full of boxes. Labels specify the contents: Rusty Metal, Not Rusty Metal, Ribbon/Yarn/String, Maps, Plastic Things, Copper, Small Paper Scraps, Medium Paper, Mesh, Paper Tubes, Beads, Electronic Parts.

For Lytle, “Recycling is the diversion of waste, scrap, surplus and unwanted materials from the waste stream (landfill/incinerator) and redirecting them to resourceful people who will use these materials in some productive, useful or creative manner. Composting, remodeling projects, art projects- it’s all a step in the right direction.”

In her Artist Statement she writes, “I enjoy the treasure hunt of seeking out interesting materials, shapes and textures from among what others find worthless. I love the ALCHEMY of turning these discards into beautiful, and sometimes useful, objects.”

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