Recycled Skateboard Art, Furniture, and Jewelry

Close to 2 million broken skateboard decks go to landfills each year from skate shops alone. Picture this: There are approximately 5,000 skate shops in the United States, each accumulating around 50 broken skateboard decks a month. Most decks are thrown in the trash, as sending them to landfills is sometimes, unfortunately, less expensive than finding…

Sip Through This: Reusable Straws

Sipping a milkshake, soda or refreshing iced tea or coffee through a straw is the best, but millions of straws are thrown away each day in the U.S., adding up to billions over the course of a year. You don’t have to give up straws altogether to be less wasteful. Instead of single-use, disposable plastic…

Computer Disposal and Recycling- Part 3

Questions To Ask Your E-waste Recycler So you’ve got some old electronics that you want to get rid of in a responsible way. Good for you! Many states have laws that say you cannot throw your electronics out with the trash anyway, plus you’ll help prevent pollution by recycling properly. Say you pay $10 to…

Game On! Recycling Scavenger Hunt Ideas

Scavenger hunts are fun for all ages. Combine a scavenger hunt with the 3Rs and a fun challenge comes packaged with some hidden bonuses, like learning about recycling and cleaning up old junk. Here are some recycling scavenger hunt ideas to use for Earth Day (Apr 22), National Recycling Day (Nov 15), or any day…

10 New Year’s Recycling Resolution Ideas

The start of a new year brings a fresh slate. The years keep falling by, and with them opportunities for change. With any New Year’s resolution, you have to keep focused. How many of you go to the gym during the first week of January to find it packed with people who have set their…

Recycle Election Signs

We Recycle and We Vote With election day over and votes counted, it’s time to do something with that slew of lawn signs urging you to vote and who to vote for. Here are some options to keep campaign yard signs out of landfills. Recycling Tips Look for a large-scale election-sign recycling program in your…

RecycleMania: Hundreds of College Campuses Compete in Recycling Competition

Finally – A Good Use For Empty Beer Bottles and Cans RecycleMania hits college campuses this winter as students compete to see who can reduce, reuse and recycle the most on-campus waste. Colleges and universities take part in this exciting competition that increases recycling participation by students and staff, and raises awareness of their campus…

How to Get Rid of Old Medications

Drug Takeback And Recycling Programs Your old, unused, expired medications and over-the-counter pills should be thrown away responsibly. Wastewater treatment plants are designed to remove human waste, not pharmaceutical drugs, and though landfills are usually managed well, drugs still leach into surrounding groundwater and rivers. Therefore your options are clear: Don’t flush old drugs and…

Make Your Own Recycled Seed Starting Pots

Starting your own plants from seeds is a rewarding experience. You need look no further than around your house to find little containers that will provide a home for your new little seedlings. Using recycled materials is smarter than purchasing new ones at the store, and is super easy. We call this the 3R method…

Taking Recycling Aluminum to the Next Level

Red Bull Art of Can Inspires Creative Recycling The Red Bull Art of Can is an international call for creativity, and people find the most amazing ways to recycle and reuse aluminum cans for their creations. Each entry must use a silver and blue Red Bull can as the primary material, with little other restrictions….

Artist Transforms Old Books, VHS and Cassette Tapes

Brian Dettmer Redefines Form And Function Brian Dettmer creates amazing sculptures by recycling old cassette tapes, VHS tapes, communication devices, books, maps and other media. Originally from Chicago, Dettmer studied at Columbia College, and his work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. We can all relate to constantly changing technology, and…

Video: Cans to Cars

An imaginative take on the recycling of a can. It’s true that making new things out of old used things is one of the coolest things about recycling.  

Recycle a Cup, and Make a Friend!

Super cute recycling project alert! We love the kind of recycling that makes you reach for some glue, scissors, and tape so we’re putting the spotlight on Waste-Not Animal kits. Each kit includes illustrated instructions on recycling plastic bottles and cups to create fun animal friends such as a hedgehog, fox, or chameleon. Each kit…

Reduce Waste With the TakeOut WithOut Campaign

I had the opportunity to gain some insight from Lisa Borden, owner of Borden Communications and the founder of the TakeOut WithOut Campaign to reduce restaurant waste. This campaign recognizes that every little bit counts, and we can’t aim for perfection, but we can aim for improvement by saying NO to unnecessary packaging and toting our own…

5 Tips to Avoid Greenwashing When You Shop

This amazing product is “all natural” and has a picture of a leaf on it- well then it MUST be good! Think again. When you’re doing your holiday shopping this year, or any time you look at labels at a store, be on the lookout for greenwashing. It’s called greenwashing when manufacturers make unsubstantiated claims…