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February 2012

Re-Using Made Easier

"Only when I saw the Earth from space, in all its ineffable beauty and fragility, did I realize that humankind's most urgent task is to cherish and
preserve it for future generations." 
Sigmund Jahn, German Cosmonaut

Rosta &Val

Do you buy bottled water?  I do.  Not quite so much anymore though.  I bought it by the case for several years until my oldest son decided to be a conscientious objector and asked me to stop.  He was right.  There are so many re-usable bottles being made (and sometimes even handed out) now that there is often no excuse but laziness in using the plastic pre-bottled water.
There has also been some discrepancy in the recent past over whether or not it is (chemically) safe to keep freezing, re-heating and re-using all forms of plastics.  Although, it seems to be agreed that the freezing/thawing process does not release any harmful chemicals from the containers.
Whether or not the plastic bottles we use release harmful chemicals, they undisputably are creating an incredible waste issue.  A waste issue that can be remedied by a just a little forethought.  
Handy products.Earth 911 reports:

  • According to the Beverage Marketing Corp, the average American consumed 1.6 gallons of bottled water in 1976. In 2006, that number jumped to 28.3 gallons.
  • More than 2.4 billion pounds of plastic bottles were recycled in 2008. Although the amount of plastic bottles recycled in the U.S. has grown every year since 1990, the actual recycling rate remains steady at around 27 percent.

Here's one item I just purchased to help encourage our family (and myself!) to choose the re-usable drinking containers that we own over individual disposable drink containers.

Organizing for Emergency Preparedness

I needed some ice trays and I came across these.  

The great thing is that you can use the ice in a glass at home or grab some long cubes, throw them in a bottle and go!  It makes using the re-usable bottles fun - and no more having to freeze water bottles.  I'm happy.  Try them!

June 15, 2011 

Keep It Clean

"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore."
- Jack Brooks 

According to the EPA, " paper and paperboard products make up the largest portion of the municipal solid waste stream in the United States and as a result, offer the greatest opportunity to recycle". 
We have taken great strides in this decade to cut down on unnecessary paper usage. Finding ways to re-use and recycle paper
is becoming increasing popular in our country and
makes up approximately a third of all paper products, clearly a benefit toward conserving our natural resources.
Yet, as paper recycling becomes more commonplace, we must also remember to keep aware of the guidelines for proper recycling in order that our efforts are not in vain. 
boxes, for instance, while recyclable, are good ONLY when they are clean.  Any food residue or even grease renders the cardboard merely waste.  The food or grease is a contaminant that can (and does) ruin entire batches of paper.  What does this mean to us?  It means that MILLIONS of dollars are lost each year due to contaminated recycling.
The moral of this story?  Take the time to look at your recycling guidelines - keep the grease on the wheel, not in the recycle bin.

Aug. 1, 2011
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