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Around 80 percent of what Americans throw away is recyclable, but we only actually recycle around 28 percent.


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January 7, 2010

Recycling Fun Facts

It's time to get things straight
On exactly why recycling is great
If you start to learn the facts
You'll leave behind green tracks.

Green Tips

With the New Year finally here, try adding "avid recycler" to your list of resolutions. Keep reading for a few tips on how easy it is to make recycling one of your resolutions this year!

  • Recycling cans and bottles may seem basic, but is one of the easiest ways you can reduce your carbon footprint with little or no extra effort. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours!
  • Recycle old scrap paper that may be hanging around the house. Between junk mail and used pieces of computer paper, you'll be surprised at how fast you can fill the recycling bin up. Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year: about 680 pounds per person.
  • Check labels to see if some of your favorite household products are recyclable. Products such as aluminum foil are often overlooked, but can be thrown in the recycling bin along with (aluminum) cans and glass. Americans toss out enough aluminum every three months to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet, according to the Aluminum Association.

Do Something has facts on why we need to recycle and provides ideas on how we can do it.

Star Tribune
gives readers fun recycling facts on how and why we need to get involved.

The Story of Stuff shows consumers exactly how much of our stuff keeps piling up and how recycling can lessen the load.

 

The Green Microgym provides
a comfortable and effective workout space that also
strives to be self-sustaining.

Indoor compact composting system made from 75% Recycled Plastic with Efficient Microbes (EM).

 
 

Instructional DVD with 11 projects friendly to the Earth and your budget.

 

Olive poop bags are certified 100% biodegradable and compost in as little as 40 days.

 

 
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