Thursday, October 27, 2011

My Recycle List

Yesterday, my parents unexpectedly gifted me with an iPhone. Of course, every minute since then I've been on my phone browsing the app store, downloading anything that I have found interesting. Well while I was browsing, I came across an app that I thought would be extremely useful for all of my fellow earth lovers. The app is called 'My Recycle List,' and it lets you find nearby locations that accept certain recyclable items. The app 'lets you organize items by adding them to your Recycle List.' Using your Recycle List, you can then find the nearest location that will recycle whatever it is you are trying to. Here's a list of some of it's features, in case you would like to learn more about this handy tool:

* Find nearby recycling locations using GPS or ZIP
* Search for multiple materials at once
* Organize and Save your list for future use: Its like a grocery list for recyclers
* Share your recycle list with others via e-mail
* In-app interactive maps and web browser
* Covers the entire United States and some of Canada. International locations coming late 2010.
* Call recycling locations directly or add them to your contacts
* Works directly with our flagship site to search over 120,000 locations.
* We've put the most commonly recycled materials together into 9 groups: Electronics, Plastic, Metal, Paper, Glass, Household, Hazardous, Automobile and Yard Waste

Hopefully as you're reading this, you're finding this app as useful as I am, and I hope you download it! In case it has managed to spark your curiosity, here's a link to the page so you can find out more about it yourself, and maybe even get it.

Link to the App:

Monday, October 17, 2011

Helping Out

Earth Day may be on April 22nd,but we should never stop helping the environment! Here are 5 simple steps we can take to start us off:

1. Change a Light Bulb: Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) use 65 % less energy then regular ones and they do not cost that much more. If everyone did this it could change the world!

2. Donate used goods: Don't throw away that pair of jeans donate it to Goodwill! Magazines you have read can be donated to local places with waiting rooms. Remember that saying? One person's garbage is another's treasure!

3. Water...don't waste it: When you are brushing your teeth, turn the water off, and make sure to fix those leaky faucets!

4. Use your own bag: Paper or Plastic... how about canvas? They cost under $5 and can be found in many stylish designs.

5. Walk, Bike, Carpool, Ride the Bus, Take the Light Rail: "Driving a typical car produces 95,000 pounds of global warming pollution," says Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network. Try carpooling! Like Lucy Hao said, It's much more environment-friendly and you'll get to spend time with your friends while you're at it.

So there you have it! 5 simple ways to start out helping the environment, do you have any ideas of your own? Share some that you came up with below!

More later, greengirl (:

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Saving in School

Wow! It's been a long time. School's started, and it's always busy busy busy! Yet, no matter how busy you are, always keep the environment in mind! Here are some really easy, quick ways to save at school:

1. Wake up in the morning not feeling like P. Diddy? I know. But it doesn't give you an excuse to leave the water running! Close the faucets when your brushing your teeth or putting on make up.

2. Decided what you're going to eat BEFORE opening the fridge. Not only will this save energy, but also time. You might even stick to your diet better.

3. Hop in the car.... with a friend. Carpool, ride the bus, walk, bike-whatever, just DON'T drive your gas-guzzling monster down to school with only you inside.

4. Recycle, recycle, recycle. I can't say it enough: RECYCLE. With all the papers and paper products you get at school, chucking them in the trash would be such a waste. Napkins, paper trays, tissues, paper towels, sometimes even worksheets- all that can go in the blue bin.

5. Be aware! If you see trash, pick it up. It'll only take you like 4 seconds, and you'll be setting an example for other people. Little things like these can really have a ripple effect.

So there you go! 5 simple, fast, yet effective ways to keep your green-living up. What are some other ways to save at school? Have y'all been busy?

Good Luck!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Recycling Do's and Don'ts

Recycling Do's and Don'ts
A couple of weeks ago, I joined the environmental club at my school and there have been meetings held every other week since then. Last week, in our meeting, someone brought up a very good issue, that's become especially big ever since school started. People have been 'recycling' more, but they do not seem to be doing it correctly. At least once everyday, I've come across someone throwing a used tissue or wax paper from some art project inside the recycling bin. Though these people may be throwing these things in with a good intention, in reality, their actions are not correct. So, I've compiled a list of things that do and don't go into the recycling bins.

Recycling Don'ts
- dirty plastic bags/wrap/items
- electronics/batteries
- dirty pizza boxes
- wax paper/waxy cardboard -
- anything soiled
- paper forks, spoons, plates etc.
- bottle caps
- hot cups
- sticky notes

Recycling Do's
-any clean paper (nothing with any food or such stains) ie. newspapers, magazines,junk mail etc.
- - cardboard that isn't too waxy & needs to be flattened
- cans/glass
- any clean plastic labeled with a 1-7 (except Styrofoam)
- aluminum cans

Now with these tips, hopefully there won't be any misconceptions about what goes in the recycling bin, and what doesn't. Have fun recycling!

More later, greengirl (: