Recycling – It’s worth it! We simply don’t have the room on Earth to keep burying rubbish. Recycling is essential to our future. It’s also faster and more cost effective than sourcing materials to make new products from. Reusing materials saves a huge amount of energy, which in turn benefits the planet and its ecosystems on the whole.
- Recycling 6 tea bags creates enough energy to make 1 cup of tea
- Up to 60% of discarded rubbish could be recycled
- 1 recycled tin can saves enough energy worth 3 hours of television
- A recycled aluminium can will be back on the shelves within 6 weeks
- Recycling every newspaper would save 250 million trees per year
Mattress Online, who offer a recycling option when you buy a new mattress from them, have created this quiz to help you determine what type of recycler you are.
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You’ve heard of people recycling everything from cardboard boxes to old papers and clothes. Recycling is an important process to be discussed if we are serious about making our planet green and pollution free.
This infographic revolves around some of the creative tips you can follow to reduce the amount of stuff you throw away. Start reusing and recycling everything in life and reduce your carbon footprints.
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Composting organic waste is one of the best things you can do for the environment.
What is compost, anyway?
Nicknamed “Black Gold” by many gardeners and farmers, compost is a soil-like substance made from decomposed organic materials, such as yard trimmings and food scraps. When used properly, beneficial microorganisms in your compost pile will break down the waste until it becomes an unrecognizable substance that is dark, fluffy and rich in nutrients. It can be used for potting plants, as a form of mulch, or as a “soil amendment” that increases the organic content of your soil.
The barrier to entry might seem high, but composting is as easy as you want to make it.
Not only does composting divert organic materials from landfills, it also creates a nutrient-rich material perfect for growing a wide variety of plants and crops. The barrier to entry might seem high, but composting is as easy as you want to make it. This guide will help you get started:
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via Mother Nature Network
One person ends up creating 1.5 tons of solid waste a year. 3/4th’s of that is recyclable, but only 30% is actually recycled. These figures are staggering and composting is a huge part of recycling I believe is going largely ignored by the general population.
Composting creates a reusable fertilizer that is can benefit plant growth and health. We have a company in Austin called the East Side Compost Peddlers. This company is a zero-emission company run solely on human-powered cargo bikes. For a monthly fee one will have their own pick-up peddler come to their door and retrieve your week’s compost. Once the organic matter has been turned into compost the members can actually have it delivered to help fertilize their own gardens.
To date the East Side Compost Peddlers have diverted a quarter of a million pounds of organic matter from the land fill and turned it into reusable compost. They’ve cut methane emissions by 40 tons, saved over 17,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and their peddlers have burned over 1.5 million calories.
All of that has happened with just one small company in Texas. Imagine if this was implemented nation wide. The benefits would be exponential.