Savvy Recycling Tips

How much is enough when it comes to recycling efforts?  If you faithfully recycle household items like newspapers,Paper Recycling (41) bottles and cans, that’s a start with the basics, but nowadays there are even more recycling opportunities out there and more are emerging every day.   Each of these tips for savvy recycling can really help reduce your carbon footprint.

Check out some of these recycling options you may not have previously considered. There are many options for eco-conscious consumers.

One exciting green company is Brilliant Earth, makers of ethical, earth-friendly engagement rings and other fine diamond jewelry.  By recycling and re-refining precious metals, Brilliant Earth produces fine jewelry without using mined materials.  Jewelry buyers don’t have to accept destructive mining practices to have high-quality products.  This company is worth a look at if shopping for new jewelry or if you would like to recycle your old jewelry you just have laying around.

Manufacturing giant Johnson & Johnson has announced plans to adopt a more eco-friendly business model.  The company has begun to implement practices to reduce its carbon emissions, water use and waste generation.  Johnson & Johnson has also developed dozens of new sustainable products. We can boost our own recycling efforts in several ways.  

If you put plastic bottles in the curbside recycling, but throw the caps in the trash, you will be interested to know that beauty retailer Aveda collects twist-on and flip-top caps for recycling.  

More and more recycling centers are accepting the plastic #5 caps.  Take a few minutes to visit Earth 911 and find the nearest plastic lid recycler.

Consider a household item that you’ve probably never recycled before:  your mattress.  Americans replace about 20 million mattresses each year.  Up to 90% of a mattress is recyclable, including fiber, wood, foam and metal.  Before you buy a new mattress, find a retailer that will accept your used mattress for recycling.  Mattress recycling centers are helping to keep these bulky items out of landfills.

One recycled aluminum can saves the same amount of energy that it takes to run a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, or a TV for 2 hours.  This amazing fact reminds us that recycling is powerful and effective, especially if we all participate.

Over 75% of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it.  Clearly, there is more work to do.  We can leverage green buying power and take a second look at our own recycling to advance the goals of re-using resources and healing our planet and reduce your carbon footprint.

Here are some other related Green Blizzard articles that you’ll find insightful: Reduce Your Paper Consumption, Reusable Coffee Mugs and Sleeves, Reusable Lunch Bags, and Recycling Basics.

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