While planning your Easter or Passover celebration, there are many ways to reduce waste, save money and conserve natural resources.
tags: no tagsWeekly Tips | April 11, 2011
Add flair to your wardrobe by reusing and repurposing old clothing, shoes and common household items. Plastic bags, snack wrappers, ripped clothing, mesh produce bags, duct tape, old sheets – any material you can think of, can be upcycled into new clothing or fashion accessories for yourself or little ones. There are a wealth of "trash fashion" resources in print and online which provide ideas and detailed instructions for getting started.
Waste reduction and prevention is a simple, yet effective strategy for creating sustainable communities and economies, and maintaining a healthy environment. Human activities – a.k.a. the choices we make every day at home, at school or at work, have a direct impact on the conservation of natural resources, the demand for raw materials (water, oil, minerals, trees) and the long-term vitality of the environment and the community we share.
Gift cards are a popular way to give thanks and celebrate special occasions by giving the gift of choice. Retailer-specific, pre-paid “credit” cards are available from businesses large and small, from local cafés like Caffe Ladro to Amazon.com. In most cases, this style of gift-giving greatly reduces the packaging waste associated with purchasing and wrapping an item. Great news! Well, almost. The main challenge has been what to do with gift cards once their value has been used.
tags: recyclingWeekly Tips | March 21, 2011
Gone are the days of disco balls and black lights. Yet, in some corners of our homes the shag carpet remains. Time to remodel? If you are replacing carpet at home or at work, there are local resources available in Kent and Tacoma for recycling your old carpet, carpet pad and installation scraps.
The secret to successful carpet recycling is keeping it dry. Wet and soiled carpet is considered garbage and cannot be recycled. It is important to note that one of the main obstacles to carpet recycling is asbestos. If your carpet was installed before 1981, there is a chance that the carpet pad or carpet glue contains asbestos. Guidelines for safe removal and disposal of materials containing asbestos are available on the Washington Department of Labor & Industries website.