Helping Kids Learn to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Helping Kids Learn to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Guest post by Bob Roberts

By reducing the amount of natural resources you consume, reusing items that would otherwise go to waste, and recycling trash so it can be repurposed, you’re helping ensure a brighter future for children today. However, planning for the future includes not only taking steps in the present, but also preparing for tomorrow. By teaching children good conservation practices today, you’ll contribute to a cleaner future. Children who learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle now will gain the foundation they need to pass those practices on to their children and continue preserving natural resources.

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What Is Battery Recycling and How Can You Recycle Nickel Batteries?

What Is Battery Recycling and How Can You Recycle Nickel Batteries?

Guest post by Erich Lawson

People use 4-5 wireless devices powered by batteries on an average in their daily lives. Batteries contain environmentally hazardous heavy metals, which must be removed from traditional waste treatment systems. While these batteries do not pose threat to humans when in use, they can affect human, animal and aquatic life if not disposed of properly. Like newspapers, glass and plastic, batteries can and must be recycled and help us save the environment.

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Can you really go green when buying new electronics?

Can you really go green when buying new electronics?

Guest post by Zack Gallinger/Revolution

I’m going to level with you. If you’re buying brand new electronics, which is a necessity in our day and age, it’s almost impossible to really go green.

Electronics are complicated items, containing thousands of different components constructed of hundreds of different elements. They are literally the most complicated stuff we know how to build and are also inherently difficult to recycle. So how can we do our best to keep it green? How can we minimize our impact and be good stewards of this Earth while still having the newest, fastest, highest resolution and most powerful handheld device ever conceived?

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Here’s Why You Should Recycle These Electronics (and How)

Here’s Why You Should Recycle These Electronics (and How)

guest post by Tiffany Jersey

When you think about your smart phone or tablet, or even the batteries that you use in your remote, do you think about much more than their capabilities? Probably not: you’re mostly worrying about the Wi-Fi connection speed you have or the apps you want to download, or even just how long the batteries will power your remote.

But what goes in to all that tech is important because of what happens to it after you’re done using it. The U.S. is the biggest contributor to electronic waste on the planet, and we’re churning it out at an ever-increasing rate of about 8 percent more each year. When we don’t recycle that e-waste, we’re doing more than just building up landfills (although that’s important to consider). We’re also pushing small amounts of dangerous metals back into the soil and water, where they can eventually contaminate what we consume. What can and should we do about it? The suggestions in this graphic can help.

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How Does Thrift Shopping Help You Save the Environment?

How Does Thrift Shopping Help You Save the Environment?

Guest post by Erich Lawson

Thrift shopping at second-hand stores, consignment shops, rummage sales and online used-good directories is not just for environmentalists and hipsters, but a viable solution for anyone looking to go eco-friendly in small ways.

Before going into the green benefits, here’s how thrifting helps you:

  • Saving Money – Thrifted clothing is far more affordable than new clothes of comparable quality.
  • Smarter Buys – You tend to spend more time looking over each item instead of buying it outright.
  • Unique Finds – It’s highly unlikely that anyone else is walking around in the same clothes as you.
  • Creative Potential – You might be inspired to try new combinations, or even some DIY reconstruction!

If that wasn’t enough, here are 7 ways in which thrifting helps the environment:

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Paper Is One of The Most Recycled Products in The World

Paper Is One of The Most Recycled Products in The World

guest post by Chris Landry

The amount of paper we use has somewhat forced our hand in terms of recycling. This infographic from Colourfast takes you through the progress we are making and offers insight into how we can progress even further.

There is still some confusion over what we can and can’t recycle, so it’s important that we have clarity in this area. For example, all paper envelopes can be recycled, even the ones with windows – and there is no need to remove staples, paper clips etc. from paper, since modern recycling techniques are designed to do this for us. This is an important point, as people might be turned off from recycling if they think they need to remove all the associated paraphernalia.

While the amount of paper we recycle is encouraging, it’s disappointing to see the lack of progress we are making in other areas like glass, metal, and plastic. Hopefully we can start looking at these areas more closely while continuing to increase the amount of paper that we recycle. Find out more in the infographic.

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Global trends in recycling: how does your country measure up?

Global trends in recycling: how does your country measure up?

guest post by Penny Klein

An infographic that describes recycling trends and statistics around the world. How does your country measure up? 

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