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Be my Valentine! XXXOOO

Red roses and chocolates are popular Valentine’s Day gifts, but they are usually not good for the planet. Imported roses are associated with the use of pesticides, and the most popular brands of chocolate are not organic or grown in a healthy environment. Still, one of the best ways to celebrate love is to keep it personal and totally unique. With this in mind, there are plenty of ways to keep Valentine’s Day green.

Everyone loves to receive homemade cookies or brownies. These can be made with organic ingredients, and there won’t be any packaging to throw out.

Many couples like to dine out, and it isn’t hard to find restaurants that are green. Some of the most romantic restaurants are the ones that are independently owned and not part of a large chain. In most cases, these restaurants use organic food that is grown locally.

A quiet meal at home is a nice alternative to eating out. This doesn’t have to be a fancy dinner; it can be a simple meal of fruit, cheese and a nice bottle of organic wine.

It’s possible to give flowers as a gift without harming the planet, and there are several alternatives to roses that are in season now. A live plant also makes a great Valentine’s Day gift. A potted plant is not only good for the environment, but it is also the perfect way to express undying love.

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Congrats Giants, great game!

With the excitement of Super Bowl Sunday still on people’s minds as they gather around the water cooler to discuss the plays and highlights, we want to ask the question just where does all that trash go? Are stadiums doing anything to be environmentally responsible?

Sports stadiums across the U.S. are joining the movement to go green. At the college and professional levels, recycling initiatives and other methods to minimize waste are helping the environment and earning the programs nationwide recognition.The statistics are startling. In an average year, an estimated 65 million football fans generate 19,500 tons of trash. Cans, bottles and food containers pile up in trash receptacles from the parking lot to the stadium to the restrooms.College football stadiums, in particular, have made great strides in protecting the environment. One well-publicized example is participation in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Game Day Challenge for college sports stadiums.

In 2008, The New York Times featured the University of Colorado Buffaloes for introducing a composting and recycling initiative that eliminated 80 percent of their waste. They replaced Styrofoam containers with cardboard, and people looking for trashcans in the stadium found composting and recycling bins instead.

In 2010, the EPA presented UC Davis with an award for similar zero-waste efforts. After the games, students and volunteers often had to sort through the containers. Yet, in both cases, once people got over the learning curve of what needed to be recycled and composted, the process was easy. It was helpful to have both written information in the form of programs and billboards at the games, along with staff members instructing the fans.

The efforts are not limited to food containers. Prepared food at games is a huge source of waste that can be recycled, and much of it is now delivered to local shelters and soup kitchens.

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Support your environment!

Plastic, glass, and paper are recycled without being given a second thought, but what about recycling bras? While it may seem like an odd question, there are a number of companies taking the initiative to recycle these used undergarments.
There are hundreds of thousands of undergarments purchased by women each year, most of which end up in the landfill. However, a bra has more potential than many realize and shouldn’t be thrown out in such haste.Leading undergarment manufacturers in Japan are recycling used bras in order to make fuel for industrial use. Not only does it help to reduce the amount of bras that make it to the landfill, but it also helps them to pursue green business practices that benefit the environment.Although, as of yet, there aren’t any programs in the United States that convert used bras into fuel, there are other ways women can recycle their unwanted undergarments.
Bra Recyclers collect used and new bras and distribute them to women in need. While they aren’t converted into fuel, recycling bras in this manner still helps the environment by reducing the amount of waste that would have gone to landfill. The Bosom Buddy Program is another great option. Just like Bra Recyclers, The Bosom Buddy Program helps women in need, assisting them in their pursuit for self-sufficiency.

Next time, while sorting through recyclables, don’t forget to sift through old bras. Any bras that are in good and working condition are eligible for the program.

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Pilots toasting

Now that might just call for a toast! Enjoy your flibe, I mean flight today!

For those travelers wishing to shrink their carbon footprint, Virgin Airlines offers an eco-friendly flying experience. Greenopia, a Santa Barbara research group, performs an annual ranking of airlines based on their response to environmental concerns. Greenopia ranked Virgin America top of the 10 airlines rated. According to Greenopia, Virgin America does a great job of flying green. While air travel consumes more energy than other forms of travel, at least Virgin America’s passengers can be proud of Virgin’s sustainability.

Virgin Airlines makes it easy for eco-concerned passengers to purchase carbon offset units. The airline’s young fleet of planes are fuel efficient in both consumption and emissions, and Virgin increased its use of biofuels. Virgin not only recycles at its headquarters, but 47 percent of flight wastes are recycled as well. Virgin’s terminal at San Francisco Airport is LEED certified, meaning the building was designed to have the least impact on the environment, a certain stamp of green approval.

When measuring the airlines’ impact on the environment, Greenopia factored in recycling programs, transparency in reporting about energy consumption, company spending on researching alternative fuels and the relative ease for passengers to buy carbon offsets when they travel. While Virgin America rated first overall, Continental Airlines was top of the list for the major carriers. Delta Air Lines made the most improvement in lessening its impact on the environment in the past year. As an industry, Greenopia reports, airlines reduced their carbon footprint over 30 percent in the past decade in contrast to most companies making two to three percent change in going green. Following Virgin’s example, airlines are getting greener all the time.

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Recycling motor oil

I see the problem right here, there's a guy passed out in your engine compartment.

If you change your vehicle’s oil yourself, what do you do with the used oil? My wife uses it for cooking but for those of you with discriminating palates, you have another option. Whatever you do don’t flush it down the toilet or dump it down the storm drain. You can get cash back for it or in most cases you can recycle it for FREE!

Where do you take it?: Most service stations accept used motor oil for free. You can find places to recycle your Motor Oil at or call your local municipality to get a list of drop off centers.

How to handle it: Store your used oil in a leak-proof container with a lid. Do not mix it with other liquids. Store it away from heat sources.

What happens to it?: Used motor oil can be recycled into heating fuel, lubricating oil and oil used to generate power in electric power plants. It is even processed back into motor oil you can use in your vehicle. In some communities, you can get paid for your used oil. In California, certified collection centers pay 40 cents per gallon and most will take up to five gallons at a time from the public. Again, you can find places to recycle your Motor Oil and get cash back at, or call your local municipality to get a list of drop off centers.

Once you begin recycling used motor oil from your car, lawnmower, boat or other motorized vehicle responsibly, it will become another part of your environmentally sensitive routine.

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Paper Recycling

Finally something you could really do with a phone book.

Phone books are less of a waste of paper today than in the past, but they are still far from being a valuable resource. Even though the phone book industry’s consumption of trees has been reduced thanks to recycling, the equivalent of five million trees a year still get cut down just to produce White Pages. In addition to the paper that they consume, phone books also damage the environment through the fuel used to run the vehicles that deliver them.

Given the prevalence of internet connections on desktop computers, notebook computers, video game systems, tablets and smartphones, the phone book is a product whose time has passed. Acknowledging this, the phone book-printing industry has created a website to allow customers to opt-out of receiving phone books. Going beyond the industry’s attempts, a number of third-party sites have sprouted up across the Internet to call for a complete end to the printing of White and Yellow Pages.

Those who receive undesired books can easily recycle them. Because they are printed on regular paper with non-toxic inks, they are easy for the recycling industry to accept and re-purpose into such things as egg cartons and cereal boxes. Recycling phone books helps save trees and minimize the environmental impact of phone directory printing.


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I'll recycle your pills right here!

As environmentally conscious consumers look to reduce waste, those little plastic bottles for prescription medication can present a problem. People who have a couple of regular prescriptions can soon find themselves with an expanding pile of pill bottles and no idea what to do with them.The simplest idea is to ask the pharmacist to reuse the old bottle for a refill of the same medication. If the pharmacy is unwilling, the next step is to check with the local curbside or municipal recycler. Pill bottles are usually marked No. 5, and not all recycling services can accept them. Some recycling companies refuse all medication containers, regardless of the type of plastic, because of the risk of contamination. If recycling is allowed, the bottles should be washed out and the sticker removed.

People often find creative ways to reuse the bottles, after a thorough cleaning and sanitizing. The bottles are just right for organizing loose change, fishing hooks, beads and other small items, but shouldn’t be used for food or candy.

Unused and expired medication must also be discarded properly. Many pharmacies allow consumers to drop off leftover medications for proper disposal. If that isn’t an option, the Food and Drug Administration recommends crushing pills in a zip-close plastic bag and adding water along with coffee grounds, sawdust or other contaminants before tossing it in the trash.

It only takes a few minutes to confirm the best way to recycle or reuse prescription bottles and to prevent old medication from getting into the wrong hands.

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Mountain of Tires

Mountain of disposed tires.

If you place the almost 300 million tires disposed of each year in the United States side by side, they would stretch almost half way to the moon or encircle the earth over four times. Recycling these old tires is an environmentally friendly manufacturing process that stops millions from ending up in landfills while also producing a useful raw material. Approximately two-thirds of scrapped tires are recycled and used to manufacture a wide range of innovative commercial products. The largest single use of this recycled material is in a mixture of asphalt for highway and road construction. The website is an invaluable resource for finding a recycling facility near you that accepts tires and other products not normally taken by municipal recycling centers.

The following list contains a sampling of the diverse products currently being created from recycled tires.

Home, Garden and Business

  • Furniture
  • Rubber Mulch
  • Acoustical Underlayment for Floors
  • Commercial Flooring
  • Downspout Splash Blocks
  • Interlocking Paving Blocks
  • Landscape Border

Transportation and Industry

  • Tire Derived Fuel (TDF) Used in Industry
  • Cargo Containment
  • Rubberized Asphalt for Highway Construction
  • Sign Base and Post Systems
  • Speed Bumps
  • Temporary Safety Fencing
  • Aviation Wheel Chocks

Sports, Recreation and Schools

  • Floor Mats
  • Wall Mats
  • Equestrian Arena Mulch
  • Playground Mats
  • Swings
  • Playground Safety Borders
  • Trailer and Stall Mats for Large Animals


  • Belts
  • Wallets
  • Purses
  • Shoe Soles
  • Jewelry

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Green wedding dress

Ok, maybe a little overboard, but it's recyclable and edible if you're a goat or a vegetarian.

For the environmentally conscious, a wedding can seem like the ultimate in excessive consumption. But it’s becoming more acceptable to sideline tradition in favor of an eco-friendly approach. From start to finish, a wedding day can be as “green” as the couple can imagine.One way to save money and help the environment is with the invitations. The best option is to send electronic notices using a site with RSVP-tracking, such as Evite. Couples who must mail invitations can look for recycled paper and soy-based inks. Alternatively, handcrafted invitations using snapshots of the couple give an inexpensive, personal touch.The greenest options for wedding attire are to buy secondhand, rent or reuse the dress of a close friend or relative. For those who need to buy new, designers now offer gowns in organic or eco-friendly fabrics such as hemp or bamboo.Some caterers specialize in locally grown foods and wines. This eliminates the impact on the environment from trucking food long distances while contributing to the local economy.Couples should also plan for the cleanup by arranging for recycling bins at the reception site. The website, for example, offers a list of companies that offer recycling or composting services for bottles, plastics, paper and more. Couples can enter a ZIP code at Recyclerfinder.comto find the nearest facility.It is possible to make green choices at every stage of planning a wedding. Even something as simple as recycling the wine bottles or decorating with seasonal flowers can create a positive energy for the big day.

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Scrap into Cash

People are making money turning their scrap into cash at

People are making money using to locate recycling facilities that will pay you cash for your scrap. Every day thousands of household items and electronics are mindlessly discarded or hulled to the curb for pick-up. What most people do not know, however, is that these objects can earn a respectable amount of money if given to recycling companies for processing. Who does not want to earn extra cash? assists the public with identifying what recyclable items are of interest and directs individuals to appropriate recycling locations in the area. Items such as refrigerators, dishwashers, washers and dryers and similar items – also called white metal – can be recycled for a cash return. Metals such as copper and stainless steal can be deposited at the same recycling locations. With copper prices near all-time highs, the return on deposit is well worth reclaiming copper wiring, tubing and other copper-rich items. makes the process of recycling easier.

In addition to metal, paper and plastic recovery programs other personal and household merchandise can also be recycled. Items such as cell phones, old rechargeable batteries, printers and computers all have unique reprocessing systems specific for the particular category. Companies will pay individuals for outdated cell phones and electronics and cover the cost of shipping by supplying pre-paid containers.

By providing facility locator services, decreases time spent in finding a recycling company and increases the probability that items that should be recycled will be. Every step taken to refrain from unloading products that can be recycled benefits the environment, businesses, economy, and adds a little more cash to the bank account.

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