Part 6: “Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices” by Mindy Pennybacker: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

–recieve and pay bills online. Most companies are switching to paperless statements. I actually pay all of my bills online and it is soooo much easier. I dont need stamps, envelopes, etc. I also don’t need to remember to mail them or leave them in my purse for 2 weeks.
–use paper and wood that are partially or wholly recycled or in the case of paper, not made from wood at all

Green Paper and Wood Labels
Ecologo-certified
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC): certified as coming from forests managed w/o pesticides and restricts cutting old-growth trees and the destruction of ecosystems
Green Seal: natural resources were conserved and less toxic waste
Post-Consumer-Recycled (PCR)
Post-Consumer Waste (PCW)
Processed Chlorine Free (PCF)
Recycled/Reclaimed “Good Wood” : certified by the Rainforest Alliance
Totally Chlorine-Free (TCF)

Alternative Materials
Bagasse (sugar cane), elephant dung (yep!!!), hemp, knaff, recycled blue jeans

Green Tips:
–print on both sides, save and re-use wrapping paper, recycle paper

Bad Paper and Wood Practices:
Chlorine-bleached paper, Furniture and paneling made from tropical hardwoods (mahogany, teak), virgin paper products, stop catalogs and direct mailings, using only one side of paper, buying new wrapping paper, tossing recycabled paper in the trash

MY TIP: I take notes in my classes using my little laptop. It saves space even when printing it out, is easier to highlight, and you can edit what you really need in your notes later!!!!

–chlorine-bleaching of wood pulp releases cancer-causing dioxins which collect and rise in the food chain
–recycling captures heavy metal in ink
–preserving the rainforest helps us to find new medicines and are biodiversity “hot spots”
–old-growth trees keep more CO2 out of the atmosphere than younger trees
–logging releases carbon and is a principle source of emissions
recycling paper produces less greenhouse gases
–check out www.greenbiz.com

Recycled Office Paper: PCW chlorine-free, eco-certified, and tree-free papers

www.badgerpaper.com
www.dolphinblue.com
www.greenfieldpaper.com
www.mohawkpaper.com
www.newleafpaper.com
www.recycledproducts.org
www.staples.com
www.thepapermillstore.com
www.treecycle.com

Green Household Papers
Atlantic Packaging’s “Ambiance” “Fiesta” and “April Soft” brands
Cascade “North River” brand
Earth First
Marcal
Planet
Seventh Generation
Whole Food’s 365

Recycling Tips
General
–most municipalities now pick-up paper, plastics (#1 and #2 recycling code), glass and metal (aliminum cans, stainless steel).
–how to recycle almost anything: www.earth911.com

Appliances
–for refigerators, freezers, and air-conditioners: the Environmental Protection Agency‘s Responsible Appliance Disposal Program safely captures coolants called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which destroy the ozone layer
–most appliances have metal, check www.recyclesteel.org for local locations

Computers
–most turn up as toxic waste in China, India, Ghana, and Pakistan
–only 10% of US computers are recycled
–many computer companies offer free take-back recycling
–Apple and Dell will recycle a computer from any manufacturer if you buy one from them new
–Dell Outlet sells recycled, refurbished, and upgraded computers
National Cristina Foundation gives used computers to disabled and economically disadvantaged children. They are non-profit.
Basel Action Network
Silicon Valley Toxic Coalition

Cell Phones
–can often drop it off in a bin at the store where you bought it
find a place near you
donate to a charity in your area who will take used electronics and tech items or here
–college campuses often have phone and computer recycling programs
Best Buy accepts phones, computers and tv’s up to 32 inches wide for recycling. You have to pay $10 for anything with a screen but they give you a $10 gift card.

Televisions
–tv monitors contain toxic lead
–check with your municipality’s solid waste department about pick-up or drop-off centers
–Office Depot accepts old tvs
Sony drop-off centers

Hazardous Waste
–do not put these things in the garbage or recycling bin:
antifreeze, batteries, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) bulbs, paints and solvents, or pesticides

Other links:
www.epa.gov/epawaste/index.htm
www.earth911.com
www.freerecycle.org
www.craigslist.org

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