Recycling : Residential

Close the loop: buy recycled

Did you know that you can close the manufacturing loop by purchasing items with recycled content? We need to! Recycling has become commonplace, but with the act of recycling doesn’t do a huge amount for the environment – unless we also buy recycled material and create a market for the recycled material we make.

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Renoback – Reclaiming Construction Waste

Building construction and renovation produces waste. On average, for every 1,000 sq foot of standard home built, 4,000 lbs of waste is generated. You would think that some of this would be diverted to other projects, but no, it’s all destined for landfill with only a small proportion that waste breaking down in this century. It needs to stop. Renoback is pioneering a new way to recycle reclaimed building materials and keep them out of

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Sustainable Solutions for Your Old Stuff

We are all trying to do our best to make this world a better place, from being aware of environmental issues to implementing changes in our life to ensure sustainability of our little blue planet.  These days we are more than ever aware of environmental challenges we face, and it is time to stop avoiding to deal with them. Every action we take has consequences, which is why we need to start making smarter decisions. Reducing, reusing and

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The Art of Greywater Recycling

Greywater is the name for any household wastewater with the exception of wastewater from toilets, which is known as blackwater. Typically, 50-80% of household wastewater is greywater from kitchen sinks, dishwashers, bathroom sinks, tubs and showers. Of course, if you use a composting toilet, 100% of your household wastewater is greywater. Demand on conventional water supplies and pressure on sewage treatment systems is reduced by the use of

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Don’t throw it away – How to reduce waste.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - a familiar phrase. All three practices are important in our goal of avoiding landfill, and caring for the environment.  Reusing and recycling contribute to reducing, but with a title all of its own, it’s time to explore how we can reduce. In an article entitled, “It’s not overpopulation that causes climate change, its overconsumption.” Fred Pearce, of the Guardian, explains, “You might argue the world is

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The Recycling Trap

When you ask any average John/Jane Doe walking down the street what’s the best way to go ‘green’, the chances are they’ll say, ‘Recycle’. Recycling has commonly been perceived as the largest component of sustainability in recent decades, but is it the best way to go green? After all, the sustainability ‘3R’s’ mantra is Reduce, Reuse… and lastly Recycle - and it isn’t just the phonic balance that put it there. The

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Green Storage: Minimalize to the Max

Have you ever looked through your closet or car and realized that you own too much ‘stuff’? Do you get overwhelmed by all of your worldly possessions? If the answer is yes, you should look to green storage as the answer to your problems. Sure, you can always toss everything that you have and go live on a houseboat, but before you do, think about the alternatives first. Green storage is organizing things by reusing, repurposing, or

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How Recycling Helps the Environment

Climate change has been a big topic of conversation for some time and it’s hard to disagree that there are dramatic shifts in our planets weather when each year we face monster storms and tsunamis that devastate the earth. Though the best course of action to prevent global warming is not yet known, we can start by practicing reducing, reusing and recycling  to make the change that is needed for a healthier lifestyle. Recycling is one the

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