Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Love Your Mother

Mother Earth, that is.....Earth Day rocks so here's a few links to get you in the mood....

Lots of Fun Stuff
Cool stuff from the EPA
All about earth day
The Earth Day Network


1. Find a convenient place to collect recyclable items. Most things come from the kitchen, making it a good spot to set up a recycling center.

2. The great thing about recycling is that it lets you put your favorite old containers, bins, or baskets to use. Assign containers for glass, plastic, and aluminum. To avoid messes, choose solid containers for storing items such as glass jars or cans that may have a sticky residue.

3. Take leftover plastic bags back to grocery stores where they are collected and reused to make plastic lumber.

4. Check the bottom of plastic items to identify what type of plastic they are. If the type is not recycled at your local center, consider ways to reuse the container.

5. Save water and time when recycling cans and bottles. You no longer need to rinse them out or remove their labels.

6. Recycle junk mail or reuse it as scratch paper. To opt-out of certain junk-mailing lists, go to

7. Newspapers, magazines, and white paper can all be recycled as long as the paper is clean and dry. Plastic wrap, stickers, or rubber bands should be removed, but staples and plastic window envelopes are OK.

8. Recycle worn-out rechargeable batteries like those used in cell phones, computers, or power tools. Go to to find a drop-off location in your area.

9. Divvy up recycling duties among family members and sort items on a daily basis.

10. Print out this list of commonly recycled materials. Post it where you recycle for easy access.

1 comment:

Tracy said...

A nice tip for re-using containers:

Getting an oily or soapy product out of a container is a huge pain and a waste of water but here's what I do - Rinse once, shake it up really well to loosen the thick muck still stuck to the container and dump it out. Dump in some salt and fill it up about half way with water. Hot helps with oil but it's not necessary. Shake it up really well and the salt removes almost all of the residue. This is much better than filling and rinsing and filling and rinsing and never getting rid of suds!!!