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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5 Upcycling Ideas to Reuse Household Items

Many of us might have the recycle part down in the ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ mantra, but a great way to cover all three Rs is to upcycle old household items. Upcycling isn’t necessarily a new concept, but it has been gaining traction over the years because of its endless flexibility. All you need to do is flex your creative muscle a bit and you can find a use for almost every item in your household. So before you decide to toss that

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Making a Difference – Eco Humanitarian and Charitable Aid collection projects

Many are concerned about climate change and look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. We know that by increasing  recycling we can  reduce the amount of items sent to landfill.  What if some of the items we no longer need could  could make a huge difference to others in need?  There are a growing number of recycling initiatives where unwanted items are gathered and sent to those who do without, others where items are donated to fund

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Cradle to Cradle: Recycling’s cooler younger brother

Episode 109 - Original Story: http://www.greenenergyfutures.ca/episode/cradle-cradle By David Dodge and Duncan Kinney What if you could take waste limestone, add in some recycled milk jugs and grocery bags, and make roof shingles that last 50 years and can eventually be melted down and remade into new shingles? That’s the whole idea behind Cradle to Cradle design and manufacturing. Aluminum and paper are the two great recycling

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Excited about Upcycling

Upcycling is an exciting development in product design - reusing existing items for another purpose, or retaining their current, but updated, and improved form.    It is a very efficient use of items as resources as it extends their usefulness.    Recycling contributes to the reduction of our carbon footprint by reducing materials to new materials that can be made into something else that is useful.  Whilst it decreases the amount of 

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Saying “No Thank You,” to Plastic shopping bags and “Yes Please” to reusable.

Over 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year worldwide. That’s 1 million plastic bags per minute! It is estimated that if everyone in the United States tied their ‘annual consumption of plastic shopping bags ‘ together in a giant chain, the chain would reach around the Earth's equator 776 times! Canadians are using 9 billion plastic bags each year with with over 900 million of these being used in Alberta. Shocking when you consider

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Repurposed, Restored, Reimagined – breathing new life to old furniture

We’ve all heard it said before: “if I can do it, anyone can do it.” If your experience is anything like mine, you’ve heard this exact phrase slip from the lips of an overly modest DIY maven on a self-deprecation streak.  Sound familiar? If so, you might want to mark today on your calendar, because when I say it, I actually mean it.  You can repurpose, restore and reimagine old furniture. You can create something useful and beautiful,

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If you can’t recycle – Upcycle!

We have all heard about recycling, but what about upcycling? Upcycling is taking something and making something better, and of a higher quality, out of something that seems disposable. We have all seen items upcycled on craft sites like Pinterest, but some people are making a living out of upcycling materials destined for the landfill. Looptworks, is a company founded by Scott Hamlin. Hamlin and company partners Gary Peck and Jim Stutts

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