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[1THING] Blog: Archive for the ‘Recycling’ Category

[ Portland aims to recycle 90% of all waste ]

(from KATU-2 News)

The City of Portland says it’s aiming for a 90% recycle rate by the year 2030.

But first, we need to figure out what goes where.

Bags of garbage that don’t belong there end up in recycling bins, and too many residents are still not separating out glass bottles. And cheese-baked pizza boxes? They go in the compost bin.

Regardless, officials think we can achieve the 90% goal with more thoughtful consumption and education about available programs.

Click here for more information about what goes where and how to recycle more of your household waste. 


[ McDonald’s Moves To Eco-Friendly Packaging ]

Photo: McDonalds

Photo: McDonalds

(Courtesy of Mashable)

If you love McDonald’s and you love the earth, you’re in luck: Starting this month, MacDonald’s U.S. locations will be rolling out new environmentally-friendly carry-out bags, drink cups, and sandwich boxes.

The company has committed to sourcing all of its fiber-based packaging from recycled or certified sources by 2020.

Click here if you’d like to read more about the new packaging.


[ 5 Ways To Stop Using So Much Plastic ]

plastic-bottles-115082_1920(from Rodale’s Organic Life)

You want to use less plastic because you know what it does to the planet, not to mention effects it can have on your long term health. But cutting back can be harder than you think. Here’s some tips to help you get started backing off on the plastic stuff:

1) Expect some failure – You’re not going to be able to go entirely plastic-free in our society. Accept it and keep going.

2) Prioritize – ID the biggest plastic uses you have and start there, then move to the next. No straws. Then no plastic forks. Then no plastic bags for small purchases. See how easy?

3) Make It Yourself – Next time you pick up something that comes in plastic, think: “Could I make this?” It’s easier than you think to whip up body lotions, hair care products, and cleaning solutions.

4) Slow Down – Plastic supports a convenience lifestyle, and a wasteful one. Get up earlier and eat breakfast at home. Bring your lunch to work with (gasp!) real silverware.

5) Don’t Be A Jerk About It – Be non-judgemental about your choices and just enjoy it internally when you tell the clerk at the store you don’t need a bag for that greeting card.

Click here to find out more.