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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. Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading