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How to Recycle Headphones

Recycle Headphones Even if They’re Broken

recycle headphonesMost people use their headphones daily, whether on the way to work, at the gym, traveling- you name it. If you find your headphones break all the time, we’ve got a great solution for you to save them from going to the landfill (or the junk drawer) and save some money while you’re at it.

Most people head straight for the trash can with their broken headphones, as there aren’t takeback programs offered from most manufacturers. You can’t donate them, and only the most dedicated would turn them into trendy, tangled headphone art as seen on Portlandia. But fear not! Based out of New Hampshire, thinksound is a headphone company that offers a great rewards program for sending in your old headphones.

Get Rewarded for Recycling Headphones

thinksound offers 15% off your next purchase, and you get an additional 10% off as a loyalty bonus for recycling a pair of thinksound headphones. That’s right- send in and recycle as many headphones as you want, any brand.

Start here: Recycling headphones

I had a moment to speak with President and CEO Aaron Fournier, who explains, “We recycle for the obvious reasons. I started thinksound out of frustration of watching other companies’ manufacturing processes. I wanted to be able to create a great product with as many recycled and recyclable materials as possible.” Their headphones are made with with PVC-free cables and hand-crafted wooden housings that not only look attractive, but enhance sound performance.

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4 Ways to Recycle a Garden Hose

A Sprinkling of Recycling Ideas

Recycle garden hoseYou and your trusty garden hose have been through a lot of watering this season, and now it’s showing signs of wear. Garden hoses are tricky to recycle, as they contain mixed materials such as rubber, plastic and metal fittings. You can end up wasting a lot of water if your garden hose is worn out or leaky, so it’s a good idea to see if you still have your sales receipt and if your hose is under warranty.

With a leaky hose but no warranty, you can try and fix it with a complete hose repair set that is easy to use and install. Replacement parts may be the answer for a simple fix, and include parts such as washers, nozzles, hose end sprinklers, or Teflon tape to secure the seals of the hose ends to prevent dripping.

Beyond replace or repair, the remaining material that comprises your hose is meant to be durable so there’s ways to reuse it.

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Recycled School Supplies Are Cool

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The National Retail Federation estimates that parents collectively spend more than $18 billion in school gear in a year. Easily reduce these costs by recycling old school supplies. Supplies such as binders and folders can be reused from year to year or passed down from one class to the next.

This practice not only saves a lot of money, but teaches the value of the three R’s. Thrift stores have piles of items that are practically brand new. What better lesson can be taught in or out of the classroom than how to practice closing the recycling loop. If you can’t find what you need secondhand or used, check out this selection of innovative recycled school supplies.

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Recycle Summer Essentials

Reduce Reuse Recycle

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Have fun in the sun and keep reduce, reuse and recycle in practice! There are so many great things to do over summer, from sunbathing by the poolside to trips to the beach. Each time we buy something and use it, keep in mind why recycling is important- it saves energy and sending something to be recycled means it can be transformed into something new. Imagine if the plastic milk jug you drank from yesterday becomes a new pool toy today!

Be aware of what you can recycle by learning what your city accepts. If your city recycling center is not convenient or curbside recycling is not available, explore the national recycling programs section that we have put together. Most of the item examples below are widely accepted and recyclable:

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Recycle Gift Cards and Old Plastic Credit Cards

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Give Recycling Some Credit

Did one of your credit or debit cards just expire? At first, you may not think your old credit card or gift card is on the list of what can be recycled.

According to a study released by Experian, the average American holds four credit cards. Besides credit, there are all those plastic cards from supermarkets that make you feel like a member (loyalty cards), old video rental and gift cards. When all is said and done, that’s billions of plastic cards that end up being thrown away after the expiration date has passed.

Good news! Not only can you recycle gift cards and upcycle old credit cards into something cool, but there is also a company that you can mail them to. Instead of throwing old cards in the garbage, take a look into Earthworks System, which accepts plastic cards for recycling. According to their website, Over 75 million pounds of PVC material from plastic cards enters this country’s waste stream each year. Read on for a few more crafty recycling project ideas you can also make with old plastic cards.

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