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Weekly Tips | November 22, 2010

Green Friday

After Thursday’s feast, while the oven cools and guests settle into pie-induced naps, the official countdown begins for the holiday season. This Friday, consider sleeping in and making a different list to check twice: one that is filled with experiences instead of more stuff. Does anyone really need another scarf or steak knife set?


tags: going green 

Weekly Tips | November 15, 2010

Uncork and Recycle!

‘Tis the season for holiday parties, family gatherings and raising a toast with friends! If your special event involves wine or champagne, consider collecting your natural corks and drop them off to be recycled. Drop-off locations include Boxwood in Seattle, the Vineyard Wine Shop in Greenwood and DeLille Cellars in Woodinville. Natural (as opposed to plastic) corks are collected locally by ReCork and recycled into shoe components, flooring, gaskets, bulletin boards and sports equipment. Recycling cork is a great way to keep a natural resource out of the landfill!


tags: recycling 

Weekly Tips | November 08, 2010

Bicycle Recycling!

Do you have unused, broken or unwanted bicycles or bike parts? You can recycle them! CleanScapes has partnered with Bike Works and Seattle’s transfer stations to create a new recycling opportunity in Seattle. At Seattle’s North and South transfer stations bring your bikes and parts to CleanScapes “RE-CYCLING” dumpsters, which are painted bright green and decorated with bicycle decals. All of the bikes and parts collected are taken to Bike Works where youth and adult volunteers of all skill levels help sort and repair broken bikes.


tags: recycling 

Weekly Tips | November 01, 2010

Giving Thanks

As you plan for your annual Thanksgiving gathering there are many steps you can take to reduce waste, save money and give thanks to the planet at the same time.


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Weekly Tips | October 25, 2010

A New Life for Old Clothes

At some point in the life cycle of your clothing, the time comes when no amount of button or zipper repairs, patches or sewing will bring it back to life. Instead of taking up unnecessary landfill space and throwing unusable clothing or shoes in the garbage, there is another option! Retext Northwest is a locally-based company that recycles unwanted textiles, including clothing, shoes and backpacks. Retext collection boxes are located throughout the Puget Sound.

Unusable textiles are recycled into rags, or pulled apart and reprocessed into fibers for paper, upholstery, pet bedding and insulation materials. For your unwanted reusable clothing and shoes, consider taking them to any of the available non-profit donation sites around the city.


tags: recycling  upcycling 

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