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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Living Green, One Tip at a Time - (a weekly feature)

Living Green, One Tip at a Time -

#7 - Recycle  (part 2) 

  • Recycled Content: Ask your local retailers to stock more products made from recycled materials and buy products made from the highest recycled content whenever possible.

  • Green Paper: In general, try to buy products/containers made from recycled material as often as possible to support the recycled product market. When purchasing paper products (toilet paper, etc,), look for paper that has been recycled using a minimum of 50% post-consumer waste. Also, purchase from companies that do not use chlorine to bleach their paper products (which creates dioxin waste).

  • Natural Fertilizer: Leave grass clippings on the lawn as fertilizer.

  • Composting: Start a compost pile with yard trimmings and food scraps. Learn more at Wikipedia's Compost page.

  • Pack-it-Out: If you are traveling and no recycle bins are available, pack your recyclables home with you whenever possible.

  • Eco-Friendly Burials: For the ultimate in recycling, check out the growing movement in eco-friendly burials and conservation burial. Also, eco-friendly recycled paper coffins are becoming available.

  • Recycled Gold: If you are shopping for wedding rings or other jewelry consider buying recycled gold jewelry and synthetic diamonds and gemstones.

  • Hazardous Waste: The other key aspect of dealing with waste effectively is to dispose of toxic products at a hazardous waste facility. Products requiring special handling include:

    • Building Materials - paint , varnish, paint thinner, solvents, rust remover, wood preservatives and driveway sealer
    • Automotive products - gasoline, transmission oil, brake fluid, kerosene, charcoal lighter fluid, power steering fluid, used motor oil,used oil filters, used antifreeze
    • Household cleaners - spot removers, rug cleaners, metal cleaners, bathroom cleaners, oven cleaner, drain cleaner
    • Pesticides - insect killers, weed killers, flea products, moth crystals, fertilizers with weed killer
    • Miscellaneous - photographic chemicals, acids and corrosive chemicals, pool chemicals, compact fluorescent light bulbs (mercury), Ni-Cd batteries.
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    At April 30, 2011 at 10:22 AM , Blogger Munir said...

    These are great tips.
    We went to a December Wedding in Toranto - - - and my point is - - - - it made us really tired, but seeing my sister in law recycle was one big spirit lifter. She said that they cannot have it any other way. That is the law there. I cannot wait untill we have those laws here.

    At April 30, 2011 at 10:26 AM , Blogger Kathy said...

    Great tips and thanks for posting the content sites! They make for great references.
    Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

    At April 30, 2011 at 6:07 PM , Blogger Elizabeth Mueller said...

    Monica, we did it! Congratulations! I have an award for you!!

    At May 4, 2011 at 5:54 PM , Blogger Erika said...

    These are some seriously good tips! The Labcoat and I try to go green whenever we can, we even developed a little mini water irrigation/filtering system by our house, which filters into a tiny pond when it rains :)


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