Spring Cleaning To Pass Unwanted Items Along

Clothing given to charityThere’s a reason we have all grown up with the tradition of spring cleaning. it’s a time of renewal. We can open the doors and windows, blowing out the stale winter air and letting in fresh breezes. That makes us itch to clean house. Out with the old and in with nothing, if we plan it right. Spring purging can feel fantastic.

Clothing
You can begin by going through your closets and drawers. Ask yourself when the last time it was that you wore each garment. If it’s been a year…let it go. There is someone else who has a use for it and you really don’t need it any more. Check your towels, sheets, washcloths, tablecloths, and throw pillows. Do you have any that have served their purpose and are ready to move on? You can add them to the charity box and give them to another family. [Read more…]

Avoid Watering The Driveway

Garden Hose Fitting for Water ConservationMany states are experiencing drought conditions and people are well aware of water restrictions. Some of them have limited days of the week to water their lawns and most understand the importance of making sure the water falls on the grass – not the sidewalk or driveway. This can seem like a fussy thing to some people but when you multiply the water savings by the population of a city, state, or region, the savings can be monumental.

It’s also beneficial to water your lawn and garden in the evening. This gives the ground ample opportunity to absorb all of the water. If you water in the morning, much of the water will begin to evaporate with the rising sun.  Watering in the afternoon can waste a lot of water and even burn your lawn or shrubs due to the heat of the sun. [Read more…]

Eco-Friendly Options for K-Cup Waste

K-Cup wasteAmericans love their coffee and they have jumped headlong into the single serving coffee machine trend. Now, we are hearing about the volume of plastic entering landfills as a discarded K-Cup. These individual plastic cups are very convenient but are creating mountains of unrecyclable waste. Not only can we purchase individual pods of coffee but tea is also available and even soup pods are coming soon to a landfill near you.

Not only is the waste accumulation a concern but the millions of pounds of used coffee grounds that are not being dispursed is a waste as well. This organic material is very useful in composting and has traditionally been used to create nutrient rich soil for growing more food. [Read more…]

The Benefits of Recycling

recycled plastic cupsFor a long time it was rumored that recycling cost more than it could return and many were reluctant to get involved. Over time, that is being found to be untrue. We are finding that a well designed recycling program can save money in many ways.

It can save the family money by reducing the amount they pay for trash removal services. Businesses save that way as well. It creates jobs for communities at a rate of 4 to 1 when compared to waste management and disposal industries. [Read more…]

List of How to Recycle Things A to Z

A to Z Recycled ItemsThere are lots of odds and ends that we don’t know if we can recycle or, if so, how. This website How to Recycle Anything lists volumes of items to answer those questions. Some items are listed with a link to a website for more information.

A – Aerosol Cans
If you completely empty the contents and pull the plastic nozzle of the can, you can usually recycle this with other cans. It is important to empty the contents, however, as they can be combustible. [Read more…]