Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sustainable Surfing

By Kara DiCamillo

The ECOBOARD Project ensures that dozens of manufacturers are able to produce eco-friendly surfboards.
ECOBOARD.pngWhile the surfboard industry is still a long way from being sustainable, there are several companies that have made it their obligation to design surfboards to be eco-friendly. For those of us who are looking to find those companies to purchase our surfboards from, we can rely on the ECOBOARD Project, an initiative from the nonprofit organization Sustainable Surf.

The ECOBOARD Project label is “the first independent 3rd party, consumer facing ‘eco-label’ for surfboards,” and provides a benchmark for sustainable surfboard materials. It helps us as consumers connect with companies that have been verified through the ECOBOARD Project so we can choose a high-performance surfboard (just in time for the September hurricane swell).

Through the ECOBOARD website, we are able to find a list of nearly 30 shapers and brands that have agreed to offer surfboards made using the ECOBOARD benchmarks, including Firewire, one of the largest surfboard manufacturers in the world.

“We have a moral, ethical, and, hopefully, a soon-to-be commercial obligation to make our products as eco-friendly as possible, without sacrificing performance,” Firewire CEO Mark Price told Surfer.

But what perhaps is even more important is that ECOBOARD is also making it easier for surfboard builders to source greener materials. To ensure that they can include the label on their boards, specific materials must be used that have been certified by Sustainable Surf. For example, one of the materials used to build surfboards are shaped from foam blanks. Through ECOBOARD, the Benchmark criteria for foam blanks is 40% recycled or biological content. This not only reduces the toxic chemicals that surfboard builders are exposed to, but it also keeps this material out of the landfill. The other two materials that must qualify are resin (the benchmark criteria for surfboard resin is 15% biological carbon content and low volatile organic compounds) and wood (the wood is sourced in a responsible manner).

The first ECOBOARD that was ever made, bearing the “001” serial number, was shaped for pro surfer Mike Losness and was made from recycled EPS foam. The ECOBOARD Project website states that a surfboard must include these three concepts in order to qualify for a label:
  1. Performance: ECOBOARDs should have equivalent or better performance than boards made from industry-standard materials.
  2. Ease of Manufacturing: ECOBOARDs should ideally require minimal changes in current manufacturing techniques, so that early adoption by the industry is possible.
  3. Environmental Benefits: ECOBOARDs must have a significant and meaningful reduction in environmental impact as measured by factors such as lifecycle CO2 emissions and toxic chemical/VOC emissions. To make the judgment on what constitutes “significant and meaningful,” Sustainable Surf analyzes data and reports on the impacts of surfboards, as well as existing and pending government regulations, and the latest environmental science.
If you’re looking to purchase a sustainable surfboard, make sure to look for one that has a serial number laminated on it as verification that it was built by ECOBOARD Project standards. Then, go show it off by uploading it into the ECOBOARD database!
- See more at: http://1800recycling.com/2014/09/sustainable-surfing-look-for-boards-with-smaller-footprints#sthash.Axv566c3.dpuf

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fined For Table Scraps

Seattle residents with too many table scraps in their trash can now be fined

Waste separation slackers in this 3-bin town will receive friendly notices — and eventually small fines — when caught mixing compostables with trash.
Watch what you put in which waste bin if you live in Seattle. (Photo: Quinn Dumbrowski/flickr)
For several years now, the good people of Seattle, plastic bag-banning jewel of the Pacific Northwest, have been dutifully hauling their salmon bones, espresso grounds and leftover chicken teriyaki to the curb for organic waste pick-up.
 
But more than five years into one of the nation's first citywide combined food and yard waste curbside collection programs, Seattle officials aren’t quite where they want to be with their landfill diversion goals. And so, beginning at the top of 2015, Seattle Public Utilities will upgrade its curbside composting program from "strongly encouraged”  to “absolutely required" status. Those living in single-family homes who are found to be slacking in the trash separation department will initially receive “educational tickets” affixed to their emptied garbage cans. Eventually, these friendly reminders will turn into fine-carrying violations.
 
San Francisco is currently the only other American city with mandatory curbside composting.
 
As reported by The Seattle Times, starting in January, city garbage collectors who are already on the lookout for errant recyclables will be taking an even closer look at the contents of trash cans as they are emptied into the back of collection trucks. These trucks, by the way, are outfitted with computerized systems that allow collectors to keep close tabs on each individual receptacle.
 
If a collector observes that more than 10 percent of a garbage bin's contents are compostable during a “cursory look,” they’ll leave a notice for the offending resident kindly reminding them to please knock it off take advantage of the designated food/food-soiled paper/yard waste bin that they've been provided with. Beginning July 1, a fine of $1 per observed violation will be tacked on to the garbage bills of those who continue to fail to separate pizza crusts and greasy napkins from the rest of their trash.
 
And apartment dwellers and businesses aren’t off the hook. Dumpsters will be routinely scrutinized for compostable items that shouldn't be comingling with run-of-the-mill, landfill-bound waste. As with single-family homes, inspectors are looking for instances where 10 percent or more of the refuse in question is composed of items that should have been chucked into a food and yard waste bin. Differing from single-family homes, apartment complexes and businesses will be issued two warnings. A third offense will result in a $50 fine.
 
Tim Croll, solid waste director of Seattle Public Utilities, explains to the Times that the beefed-up rules aren’t strictly to punish non-separators while generating cash for the city: “The point isn’t to raise revenue. We care more about reminding people to separate their materials.”
 
Since 2009, the city has only amassed $2,000 in fines from residents who have been nabbed repeatedly tossing their recyclables — glass jars, plastic bottles aluminum cans and the like — into their trash cans.
 
As with the recycling penalties, SPU believes that the new composting ordinance won’t result in significant revenues but will generate an estimated 38,000 additional tons of compostable waste per year. Through the law, passed with flying colors by the Seattle City Council earlier this week with a 9-0 vote, officials hope to reach a landfill diversion rate of 60 percent by the end of 2015.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Waste to Waves

By April Stearns

Expanded polystyrene foam, typically used for packaging and not much else, can be reborn into a new surfboard thanks to Waste to Waves.
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Though summer’s warmth is winding down, some of us may still be able to take advantage of our favorite outdoor activities for a while longer. For those of us who are lucky enough to be near a body of water, water sports and activities might still be an option, particularly surfing.

For eco-friendly beach goers or those who are interested in taking up surfing, Waste to Waves is the perfect program to look into for aiding the environment while catching waves at the same time. Waste to Waves was created by Sustainable Surf, a California-based nonprofit charity organization that works to make surf culture and industry harmless for our oceans. There are a few steps for consumers to take to help keep the ocean clean with Waste to Waves.

Most electronics and furniture come protected by expanded polystyrene foam. EPS foam is not recyclable in most communities and therefore is usually thrown in the trash after being used. However, Waste to Waves gives consumers an opportunity to recycle this foam so it can be remade into new, useful products. The company accepts clean, white, #6 EPS foam, which is usually used to cushion large items. The program does not accept foam contaminated by food, foam “peanuts” or broken surfboards.

Those located in California that are interested in donating their EPS can search for a participating local surf shop. These places will have a collection box where consumers can drop the foam off. You can check out the list of shops participating in the program here.

After the stores collect the foam, it is picked up to be recycled and recreated into surfboard blanks, which is foam that is shaped into surfboards. Waste to Waves’ partner, Marko Foam, uses two methods to do this. One method is grinding up the EPS foam and mixing it with new foam to go into the surfboard mold and expand. Another method is packing the recycled foam into hard, plastic lumps and sending it off to be remanufactured. From here, this product can go on to be sold as a completely new but recycled and eco-friendly surfboard.

So far, Waste to Waves has been a major success. As of 2012, the program had collected such an overwhelming volume of foam that some of it had to be recycled to create EPS products other than surfboards. At the time, the program announced it would begin planning an expansion of its recycling system while making it more efficient.

Surfers can also make sure the next surfboard they buy is made from recycled EPS foam. Consumers should order a custom board, specifically a Marko “Enviro Foam” recycled foam blank. Many top manufacturers offer the Enviro Foam board, such as Channel Islands, Super Brand and Lost. Surfers who do this are eligible to proudly display the Waste to Waves logo on their board.

Waste to Waves helps limit the amount of plastic trash going into landfills and oceans, and using recycled EPS foam results in a 50+% reduction in lifecycle carbon dioxide emissions.

Our oceans should be kept clean and safe for surfers. So, when looking to purchase a surfboard, it is best to look for one that will help make this possible. Think Waste to Waves.
- See more at: http://1800recycling.com/2014/09/waste-to-waves-keeping-oceans-clean-recycling-polystyrene#sthash.X66S37ZI.dpuf

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Head of state environmental program elected officer of national clean air group




RALEIGH – A national air quality association has elected Sheila Holman, director of the N.C. Division of Air Quality, as its vice president.
The Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies, or AAPCA, elected Holman and other officers during its annual meeting last week in Austin, Texas. AAPCA is an organization that supports state and local air quality agencies, seeks consensus on issues dealing the national Clean Air Act, and provides feedback to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on air issues.
“I am delighted to take on this leadership position at a critical time for states and the Clean Air Act,” Holman said. “AAPCA provides a unique conduit for our states to share information and best practices.”
Holman has worked for the state Division of Air Quality since 1993 and has directed the division since June 2010. She has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from N.C. State University.
“We’re excited that Sheila was elected to this important position,” said John Skvarla, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. “She brings to the table great expertise and leadership from a top-notch environmental program that has made great strides in improving air quality for North Carolinians.”
AAPCA, which is based in Lexington, Ky., is a policy program with the Council of State Governments. More information about the group can be found at its website, www.csg.org/aapca_site/

Friday, September 26, 2014

Constance Zimmer: From Recycling to Upcycling

By Constance Zimmer

Actress Constance Zimmer has long been a greenie. Now, she has turned her attention to educating her daughter to reduce, reuse and recycle.
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Constance Zimmer and her daughter, Coco

Being a good role model for my daughter, Coco, is very important to me. I want her to grow up and be able to enjoy all that the earth has to offer. That’s why I think it’s imperative to teach kids at an early age to be environmentally conscious, especially reminding them to think before they toss!

Here are three simple ways to be a green parent:
  • Recycle, recycle, recycle. I can’t say it enough!
  • Buy greener products that are composed of recycled materials.
  • Utilize craft books that inspire and teach kids how to use materials/items you have in your home to make new unique toys and gifts.
I recently started building “fairy houses” with Coco, using old, unused planter pots. It's a lot of fun for us, but it’s also a great way to teach her about upcycling. She now loves to think of ways we can turn old, broken things around the house into something fun and useful! We’ve turned old scarves into capes, and voilà, Coco becomes a superhero.
Coco has found a wonderful amount of joy in giving some of her friends old toys that she has loved but outgrown, so they become gifts from the heart and great toys for someone else. An old Elmo doll that has been loved and has her smells on it becomes another child’s favorite snuggly toy.

Searching for like-new items

I also search and scour eBay for any “new” items my daughter has put on her Christmas or birthday lists before going to a store and buying brand new. Vintage books are a big hit in our household as well. Kids don’t care about new or used, I promise. They’re just happy to get it. Plus, I can’t stand all the plastic packaging that takes hours to get through.
Any clothes of Coco’s that are too soiled to hand down to a friend or sibling are cut into hankies, napkins, blankets for fairies, etc. The fairies and dolls don’t care if the edges are sewn, by the way.

E-waste education

In an age where technology is becoming increasingly more prevalent, I want to make sure to recycle my outdated appliances right, and teach Coco to do the same. Instead of creating e-waste, I donate my old cell phones to those stationed overseas. I have saved a couple old phones for Coco to play with as a toy phone instead of purchasing new plastic ones. And, when she gets tired of playing with it, you know what we’ll do? We will give it to Electronic Recyclers International to recycle properly.
Reusing can be fun, plus you get to spend more quality time with your child. Just remember: THINK BEFORE YOU SHOP! If it can’t be reused, then find the best way to recycle it.

Reduce, reuse, recycle,
Constance Zimmer
- See more at: http://1800recycling.com/2014/09/constance-zimmer-recycling-upcycling#sthash.SipIbSqn.dpuf

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ten Incredible Silverware Reuse Ideas

By Falesha Wojitysiak

Test your silverware beyond the dinner table with these 10 DIY reuse concepts.
Silverware is to some a valued possession passed down through generations. However, it is not easy to keep up with every piece after so many years. So, what to do with all of those pieces which are now an incomplete set? Allow me to be your muse using this list of neat repurpose ideas.

1. Corn-on-the-cob holders
silverware-1.png We all know the consequences of eating fresh cooked corn on the cob without using holders. The ones pictured above are not your run-of-the-mill plastic cob holders. They are made from vintage silver-plated forks. You can use them to add sass to your cookout, or they can be used to dress up a rustic dish for an elegant dinner party. Whichever way you decide to use them, they are definitely a conversation starter.
2. Upcycled fork plant stake garden labels
silverware-2.png These upcycled fork plant labels are made from recycled materials so they are all one of a kind. Spray-painted can lids, upcycled forks and permanent maker or paint is all that was used to create these beauties. You can personalize them by using whatever color and pattern you want. These stakes are the perfect decorative way to label your garden. They also make a great gift idea for your favorite gardener.
3. Upcycled spoon ring
silverware-3.png This elegant handcrafted ring is made from an antique demitasse spoon. It has so much artistic detail that one would never know that this is created from something once used as an eating utensil. The pattern shown is Distinction by Oneida Prestige Plate, c. 1951. It could be worn as everyday wear or as an extra accessory to dress up an outfit on a special occasion.
4. Hand-stamped silverware
silverware-4.png This beautiful spoon is such a sweet little gift idea for a baby shower. It will definitely be revered as a special keepsake, even if chosen for daily use. This spoon is hand stamped with the words “you are my sunshine,” however, the possibilities are truly endless. Monogram a loved one’s name as an unexpected, personalized present. These also make a great wedding favor stamped with you and your betrothed’s initials and/or wedding date.
5. Upcycled silverware stick barrette shawl pin
silverware-5.png This upcycled silverware barrette is a striking piece that will look gorgeous in your hair anytime. Laughing Frog Studio turns trash into treasure for you to cherish for a lifetime. The barrette was the ladle and the pin was the handle. This would definitely be a cherished gift for your beautiful daughter, niece or even your best friend. Keeping the wedding theme in mind, this could make an excellent display of appreciation for bridesmaids as well.
6. Vintage copper teapot wind chimes
silverware-6.png Why not use all of those old, unmatched utensils in your kitchen to create a beautiful-sounding and looking wind chime to hang right outside of it instead? This particular wind chime was handmade from an old copper teakettle and repurposed spoons and forks. You can tell that it was created with a lot of love and dedication. This could also add an artful touch to any garden or porch.
7. Repurposed silverware cross pendant
silverware-7.png This unique cross is made out of repurposed stainless steel silverware, which has a beautiful floral design, and a piece of costume jewelry for a splash of color. It could be worn as a necklace, or add a piece of ribbon to it for use as a bookmark, or place it on your desk as a reminder of your faith during those hectic days. It would also make a lovely baptismal or christening present.
8.DIY fork photo display
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If you are like me then you live on a budget. I am constantly trying to find new ways to save money while decorating my home. This is a wonderfully creative, do-it-yourself idea that is very simple — all you need is a fork and a pair of pliers. You can clearly display your favorite family photos, or it would also be a wonderful way to show off all of those precious finger paintings. Regardless of what you choose to display, you have a fun, cool and cost-effective way of doing so!
9. Chalk-paint butter knife cheese marker set
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Image: WoodenHive
This is a neat way to label your cheeses during appetizer hour at your fancy dinner party, cocktail hour or wedding. This is also a crafty idea for a nameplate at a special occasion or event. I love how elegant yet useful they are. These markers are created from vintage silver butter knives. Each one has been carefully painted with nontoxic chalk paint. They can be used multiple times because each can be written on in chalk and wiped clean for your next use. They would also be a creative gift for a cheese lover, cook or as a housewarming present. It is recommended that they be used only as cheese markers and not for actual food use.
10. Repurposed handmade silverware pendant
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Image: DLTrinkets
This is a beautiful scrollwork pendant that is made from the top of a vintage knife. Its beauty is elevated by the large gold crystal that hangs from the bottom and a tourmaline bead placed at the top. This necklace is well detailed and elegant. You cannot tell at all that it was carefully crafted from upcycled materials. If you have some of your family’s old silverware, give this necklace for your mom next Mother’s Day for a delightfully sentimental gift.
All images used are copyrighted and used with permission of the photographers/artists
- See more at: http://1800recycling.com/2014/09/ten-incredible-silverware-reuse-ideas#sthash.QfPf6zjZ.dpuf

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Have an (Eco)Ball: Sportime's Recycled Basketball

By Wendy Gabriel

EcoBall's 30% postconsumer product is the green choice for your next pickup game.
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If you enjoy playing basketball in your driveway or your local outdoor court and are concerned about the environment, I’ve found the perfect basketball for you: Sportime’s recycled-material basketball. The Sportime EcoBall's exterior is made from 30% postconsumer recycled material. The materials recycled for these balls are primarily vehicle tires and rubber shoe soles.

The bulk of the material used to make a basketball is rubber. Nearly all basketballs have an inflatable inner rubber bladder, generally wrapped in layers of fiber and then covered with a tacky surface made either from leather (traditional), rubber or a synthetic composite. Reclaiming and recycling rubber uses less energy than producing new rubber, so using old tires and shoes to make basketballs is a great reuse of those materials.

According to How Products Are Made, basketball manufacturers do not produce much in the way of waste. “Waste is limited. Dies for cutting panels of rubber, synthetic laminate and leather are carefully designed to space the panels closely and limit the material used. This is especially critical for leather because of the cost; some leather waste is inevitable, though, because leather is a natural material and has irregularities in color, thickness, and surface. All rubber materials can be recycled, and they represent the bulk of material used in making a basketball.”

I am always on the lookout for products that use recycled materials. This basketball (most likely in purple) will be our family’s next ball purchase.

To purchase your own Sportime EcoBall, visit Amazon.com
- See more at: http://1800recycling.com/2014/09/have-eco-ball-sportime-recycled-basketball#sthash.AS8aYWKe.dpuf

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Eleven Writing Utensil Upcycling Projects

By Falesha Wojitysiak

Don't toss your nearly unusable pencils. Instead, turn them into one of these attention-grabbing upcycled items.
Everyone has them: small, barley usable pencils. It is normally instinct to toss this seemingly useless junk. However, why not instead be part of a global movement and upcycle them into something useful?

1. Artwork
writing-utensils-1.png Some people use colored pencils for coloring. Not this artist — she uses them to create amazing sculptures instead. She carefully handcrafts each one to transform them into something entirely different. This is an amazing sculpture made up of a variety of colored pencils. Sculpting has been a part of the art industry for centuries and is a hobby for many. However, I have yet to see anything as unique as this created from pencils.
2. Vase
writing-utensils-2.png Want to let your child’s teacher know he or she is doing a great job? This simple and sweet gift is just the way to do so. It is also a fun way to teach your child a lesson in showing appreciation for someone. Although the one shown here is made with standard yellow pencils, it can just as easily be made with colored ones. Add a personalized tag, some flowers and violà, you have something everyone in the teachers’ lounge will appreciate.
3. Tape-covered pencils
writing-utensils-3.png The new school year has arrived, and if your kids are anything like mine, they want the latest trends. Here is a cool, fun way to express their individual personalities in their school supplies: washi tape pencils! This project is easy to do, it’s inexpensive and there are so many different colorful designs to choose from. All you need is a swash of washi tape to take your pencils from old and ugly to cool and trendy!
4. Pencil chandelier
writing-utensils-4.png You can use pencils to do homework. However, one entrepreneur took his imagination to the next level and created this bespoke chandelier. Although made from pencils, its distinctive design looks as though it should be hanging in a gallery. Writers, are you looking to take your office décor up a level? If so, this is the perfect light for you!
5. Wind chime
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Image: myrustygold
Isn’t this sheer splendidness? It is unquestionably a one-of-a-kind wind chime. It has a small wooden schoolbird house on the top and various upcycled writing utensils on the bottom. If you know any schoolteachers, this would make an excellent gift to be cherished for many years to come.
6. Upcycled crayons
writing-utensils-6.png Crayons are a seemingly ordinary item. However, here they have been transformed into something of greater appeal and value. Kids will love these multicolored, upcycled dinosaur-shaped crayons! Each one is carefully handcrafted using only top-quality nontoxic Crayola crayons and they are the perfect size for little fingers. These fun art utensils will be a hit at home or in the classroom.
7. Desk organizer
writing-utensils-7.png It is back-to-school time for kids. Why not surprise your child or his or her teacher with a special homemade pencil holder? This crayon pencil holder is perfect for your little artist. It is triangle shaped, with three colorful compartments to hold a variety of supplies. Here you have a fun way to organize all those necessary items. Not only would this make a great back-to-school gift for the student or the teacher, but it is also a cute gift bag item, if your child’s birthday happens to fall on a school day that is.
8. Upcycled pen nib earrings
writing-utensils-8.png These earrings make a perfect gift for the lady in your life who is a writer, Shakespeare lover, pen collector or craft collector. Here we have upcycled folded pen nibs combined with rhinestones and turquoise beads. These beauties are absolutely breathtaking. I love the idea of the pen nibs as a piece of beautiful jewelry. This is an elegant way to reuse your antique pens.
9. Pencil art tissue cover
writing-utensils-9.png Do not throw away those used-up pencils. Reuse them by making this fabulous pencil art tissue cover. This piece was originally created to show the practicalities of upcycling old pencils to students. However, it is a piece of useful art that you can use at home, in the office or to give as a gift to your favorite teacher as a show of appreciation.
10. Monogram crayon art
writing-utensils-10.png This is such a neat and fun way to personalize the decorations in your child’s room. Gorgeous, right? This craft needs almost no explanation at all. Plus, the colors and patterns you can create are practically endless. Crayon monograms are also a huge hit as gifts. They are so simple that you and your child can make a one-of-a-kind work of art at home together.
11. Dish rack
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Image: Project RE_
Saving the best for last, you say? It is time to switch things up a bit with this quirky DIY project. What a brilliant idea Samuel Bernier had to upcycle your old pencils. This dish rack is made of a wooden cutting board and more than 30 pencil tops. You can also use this upcycled craft as a convenient mail sorter.
All images used are copyrighted and used with permission of the photographers/artists.
- See more at: http://1800recycling.com/2014/09/eleven-writing-utensil-upcycling-projects#sthash.StAhx8bw.dpuf

Monday, September 22, 2014

N.C. Coastal Resources Commission Science Panel to meet Sept. 24 in New Bern

 



RALEIGH – The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission’s Science Panel will meet Sept. 24 in New Bernto continue work on an update of the panel’s 2010 sea-level rise study report.
The panel will meet from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Craven County Cooperative Extension, 300 Industrial Drive, New Bern. The meeting is open to the public, and members of the public are welcome to speak during a comment period scheduled for 2:45 p.m.
The panel provides scientific advice to the state Coastal Resources Commission. It was created by the commission in 1997, and is composed of coastal engineers and geologists.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

State seeking public input on local laws that could interfere with state environmental, agricultural rules

 



RALEIGH– The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources are seeking input from the public about any local ordinances that might interfere with the state agencies’ own regulations.
The Regulatory Reform Act of 2014, passed by the General Assembly in August, requires both departments to report on “any local ordinances that impinge on or interfere with any area subject to regulation by the Department(s)” by Nov. 1. The legislation also directed the two departments to seek public input regarding such ordinances.
The departments are accepting comments through Oct. 15.
For the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the public may submit comments to Keith Larick, NCDA&CS, 1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1001 or may post comments online at http://www.ncagr.gov/LocalOrdinances/.
For the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, people may submit comments toLayla Cummings, 1601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1601, or by email to public.input@ncdenr.gov.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund provides grants to 17 local governments

 



RALEIGH – State officials today announced the award of nearly $4.1 million in grants from the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund to 17 local governments for parks and recreation projects.
The matching grants, awarded by the Parks and Recreation Authority, will help fund land acquisition, development and renovation of public park and recreation areas. The authority considered 64 grant applications requesting more than $17 million. A maximum of $500,000 can be awarded to a single project.
"Through the local grant program of the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, state and local governments have been partners in providing open space, outdoor recreation opportunities and stimulus to local economies," said Mike Murphy, director of the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. "The result has been environmental stewardship, healthier citizens and improvements in the quality of life in North Carolina."
The Parks and Recreation Trust Fund is administered through the state Division of Parks and Recreation and was established in 1994 by the N.C. General Assembly. The revenue is distributed to three programs: 65 percent to the state parks system for repairs, capital improvements and land acquisition; 30 percent for matching grants to local parks and recreation programs for development and land acquisition; and 5 percent to the coastal beach access program.
Since 1995, the Parks and Recreation Authority has received 1,489 grant applications with requests totaling about $324 million. The board has awarded 785 grants for $177 million.
The local governments receiving grants in the most recent cycle are: Mint Hill, which received $335,000 for the Brief Road land acquisition; Red Springs, which received $48,000 for land acquisition; Linden, which received $212,400 for Linden Park; Landis, which received $402,269 for the Lake Corriher Wilderness Area Park; Fairview, which received $317,550 for Fairview Park; Valdese, which received $215,600 for Downtown Park; Star, which received $47,500 for the Forks of Little River Passive Park; Plymouth, which received $353,800 for Wilson Street Park; Richlands, which received $65,734 for
Venters Park Redevelopment; Sims, which received $75,000 for the Sims Community Park; Belville, which received $160,897 for the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville; Warsaw, which received $300,000 for the Memorial Park Redevelopment; Elizabethtown, which received $215,000 for Leinwand Park; Raleigh, which received $250,000 for the Horse Shoe Farm Nature Preserve Park; Wilsons Mills, which received $250,000 for Wilsons Mills Community Park; Smithfield, which received $350,000 for Inclusion Park; Graham County, which received $500,000 for Graham County Park.

Friday, September 19, 2014

NC Environmental Education

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Sometimes we need to get back to basics: Have you looked at their EE events calendar lately?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sandwich Me In – Zero Waste Dining

 

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According to Green Waste, each American individually produces 4.5 pounds of waste every single day. That’s an average of 1642.5 pounds of trash created by one person every year!
Can you imagine trash-free living? Zero waste lifestyles focus on living without creating trash in the process. A zero-waste lifestyle seems quite unattainable, but as you can tell, it might be something to aspire to, especially when the Earth is already struggling with all of the waste we’re creating.

Zero Waste Dining

I’ve seen zero waste lifestyles demonstrated on blogs like Clean Bin Project and Zero Waste Home. Both blogs are pretty informative regarding zero waste living in demonstration. But, I’ve also happened to come across zero waste practices in a really inspiring environment: a restaurant!

Zero Waste Restaurant

Sandwich Me In hasn’t emptied their trash in nearly two years – because they don’t have any. Since the company opened it’s doors in 2012, their entire waste production is literally the equivalent of what most restaurants produce in a single hour.
“I practice the five R’s,” owner Justin Vraney said. The five R’s are in reference to the “environmentalist’s credo” to reduce, reuse, recycle, and two more he’s thrown in: reject and refuse. (He rejects and refuses junk mail and excessive packaging.)
How does Sandwich Me In achieve zero waste?
  • The company runs on sustainable energy
  • Food is sourced from local farms
  • Food uses minimal packaging
  • Nearly everything is repurposed or reused – from food scraps to oil
“The crispy smoked skins on the chicken go onto the Cobb salad and the chicken bones make the broth for the chicken soup,” he told Truth Atlas. Leftover veggies used on Tuesday go into burgers made on Wednesday. Sandwich Me In also gifts food scraps to farmers as chicken feed for the chickens, who in turn produce eggs for the restaurant.
Vraney cites his children as the inspiration for zero waste living, and admits he adopts zero waste living at home, although it’s a little more difficult to do so. “I have kids, and their future – they’re not going to be able to live the way I lived,” he told HuffPost. “I want my kids live the same life that I had. I don’t want to risk it, I’m not a gambler. I want to take care of the things I love the most.”

But Does Zero Waste Taste Good?

I was curious to learn whether or not Sandwich Me In compromised taste for sustainability. I had surely hoped not, as a restaurant’s main goal is to sell food. I was pleased to learn that Sandwich Me In has some of the highest restaurant reviews in Chicago.
On TripAdvisor, user UrbanDozer gave the restaurant 5 stars, saying Vraney and his wife “are very friendly and put a lot of pride and effort into the food they serve,” and that “prices are reasonable, especially for the quality of the food served.”
Yelpers have left 107 reviews, an overwhelming number of them being 4 and 5 star reviews. Referring to the experience as “low-key and easy,” Yelp reviews state that food is fresh, simple, very flavorful; and that the service is wonderful.
From what I can tell, Sandwich Me In makes it a point to keep quality, deliciousness and experience a profound priority just as much as they do maintaining a sustainable operations system. Learn more about Sandwich Me In at www.sandwichmeinchicago.com

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Natural DIY Air Fresheners

 

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It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, my house invariably gets that been-closed-up-too-long smell in the air. Sure there’s the scent of clean laundry and, heaven help me, the overwhelming aroma of my daughter’s collection of body sprays; but I can just tell when the windows haven’t been opened up in a while.
Now, I don’t know where you’re reading this from, but here in Texas, there’s about two weeks in the spring and two weeks in the fall that are perfect for open windows. Other than that, you’re out of luck. Many of us turn to air fresheners when guests come over. and isn’t it nice to have a little something tucked into the corner of the guest bathroom just in case? But, most commercial air fresheners have chemicals in them that we probably shouldn’t be inhaling. So here are a few ideas for combating those not-so-pleasant household smells.

Homemade Gel Air Fresheners
This is such a cute idea. Grab a small jelly or baby food jar, some plain gelatin, essential oil, and water to make a gel air freshener in no time. Simply combine two envelopes of unflavored gelatin with a half a cup of hot water in a bowl. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved. Then add eight to 10 drops of your favorite essential oil and a few drops of the food coloring hue of your choice. Finish by stirring in a half a cup of ice water and then pour into the jar (or a few jars if you’re making a whole batch). Leave the jar out on the counter to cool, and voila!

Vegan Container Air Fresheners
If you like the idea of having an air freshener that sits out on your countertop, but you’re opposed to the use of gelatin, try this baking soda alternative. Combine a half a cup of baking soda with eight to 10 drops of essential oil in an eight ounce Mason jar. Either punch holes in the Mason jar lid or line the top of the jar with decorative paper and screw the Mason ring on over it. Poke tiny holes in the paper with a needle and you have a vegan equivalent to the gel fresheners mentioned above.

Get Cooking
For a quick but potent fix, boil sliced fruit and herbs on the stove for a couple of hours before guests arrive for a visit. Some of my favorite scent combinations are lemon and rosemary, grapefruit and lavender, and orange and vanilla. You can change the scents up with the season, too. I can only imagine how amazing orange and clove would smell around Christmas.

Monday, September 15, 2014

City Kicks Off Adopt-A-Street Program

September 15, 2014

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MEET THE TRENT CREEK ROAD CLEAN TEAM
City kicks off Adopt-A-Street program with local volunteers
On Saturday, September 20th, the City of New Bern is teaming up with the newly-formed Trent Creek Road Clean Team to kick off the Adopt-A-Street program.  At 9 a.m., Clean Team volunteers, along with city staff, will meet on Trent Creek Road near Craeberne Forest to celebrate the first community group to participate in New Bern’s Adopt-A-Street program. 
Adopt-A-Street recognizes the importance of a litter-free community.  Litter is not only an eyesore, but it can hinder economic development, harm local wildlife, and create a public safety hazard.  The City launched the Adopt-A-Street program earlier this year as a support mechanism for Litter Free NC, a State program aimed at engaging citizens to do their part to keep North Carolina clean and beautiful.
Adopt-A-Street encourages volunteers to take ownership of their neighborhoods and promote community pride by organizing cleanup efforts.  After a brief application process, volunteer groups “adopt” a city street (or portion thereof) and pledge to keep it clean for a minimum of four years.  In turn, the City will recognize the community’s efforts with the placement of an Adopt-A-Street sign featuring the group’s name.  Volunteers can meet as often as they like to collect trash and debris.  The City advises groups to meet a minimum of once every three months.
“The volunteers get trash bags and latex gloves, supplied by the City, to use for collecting trash and debris,” said City of New Bern Interim Public Works Director Matt Montanye.  “Once the cleanup effort is complete, organizers secure the bagged debris, place it behind the curb or safely off the edge of the roadway, call us, and we’ll come pick it up.”  The contact person for each Adopt-A-Street group is asked to call the Public Works Department at (252)639-7501 the following business day to report where the bags were left.
“We’ve also purchased fluorescent safety vests for the volunteers to identify them as program participants and to ensure they can be seen easily while cleaning their adopted street,” said Mr. Montanye.  The Trent Creek Road Clean Team plans to start cleaning the road right away on Saturday, with a cookout celebration afterwards.   
The second group to adopt a city street is Vision Forward, a non-profit organization that encourages the success of our youth.  The group has adopted Roundtree & Oak streets, Darst Avenue, Reisenstein Street, and Elm Street and plans to meet at 10 a.m. September 20th to kick off their initiative.  Alderman Victor Taylor, a Vision Forward member, initiated the organization’s participation. 
Volunteers, community groups, private businesses and industry are welcome to participate in Adopt-A-Street.  If you’re interested, call the Public Works Department at (252)639-7501

Schedule for the Coastal Environmental Household Hazardous Waste collection events. 

The first date is Saturday, September 20, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Carteret County Health Department at 3820 Bridges Street in Morehead City.

Pamlico and Craven events will both take place on Saturday, October 11.  The Pamlico County Courthouse on Highway 55 in Bayboro is the site for the Pamlico event.  The hours there are 9:00 am until 12:00 noon.  Craven Community College, 800 College Court, in New Bern is the site for the Craven event.  Signs will direct you to parking lot E, near Orringer Auditorium.  The hours there are 8:00 am until 1:00 pm.

Accepted items include:  Latex and oil paints, used motor oil, pesticides, gasoline, drain openers, paint thinners, cooking oil and antifreeze.

Items not accepted include:  Commercial waste, gas cylinders, explosives, ammunition, or infectious, biological or radioactive wastes.

State law forbids accepting materials from commercial sources.

Electronics are accepted year round in Carteret, Craven and Pamlico Counties.  For more information contact your local solid waste department:

            Carteret County          252-728-8595

            Craven County           252-636-6659

            Pamlico County          252-745-4240

 

Please call Bobbi Waters at 252-633-1564 or e-mail her at bobbi@crswma.com for more information.

5 Top Recycling Museums

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Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. This familiar mantra is one way Americans have learned how to go green, but it’s also the inspiration for eco exhibits and museums around the country that make discovering information on how to reduce our footprints fun. Check out these five favorite institutions all about recycling:

Delaware Solid Waste Authority Environmental Education Building, New Castle, Del.
What happens to your trash after it’s picked up from your curb? What about the materials in your recycling bin? This recycling museum and education center addresses all that and more with a bevy of interactive exhibits and displays. At the Call2Recycle video kiosk, visitors can follow the life of a rechargeable battery as it’s dropped in the recycling bin and upcycled into a new product. Other exhibits focus on everything from how a landfill works to how recyclables are sorted in the waste authority facility.

Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority Trash Museum, Hartford, Conn.
Visitors start at the Temple of Trash in this 6,500-square-foot Trash Museum to learn what’s wrong with old-fashioned disposal methods, then they make their way to a group of exhibits all about green, modern-day solutions: recycling, turning garbage into energy and reducing trash output. Trash Museum guests can also watch as real paper products, cans and bottles are sorted and packaged in the facility before being shipped off to be made into new products. Don’t miss the handy reusable shopping bags sold in the gift shop.
 
Discovery Science Center, Santa Ana, Calif.
Orange County Waste & Recycling teamed up with this science museum to create a family-friendly, environmentally themed exhibit called Eco Challenge. Visitors learn the difference between recyclables, hazardous materials, electronic waste, yard materials and landfill trash in Race to Recycle, and they identify eco-friendly packaging at the grocery-themed Discovery Market. Meanwhile, in the Eco Garage, kids figure out how to dispose of certain household items like paint, batteries and motor oil.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn, N.Y.
New York’s LEED-certified Brooklyn Children’s Museum — the first green museum in the state — features a variety of eco-focused exhibits and programs as part of its Green Threads initiative. At a hands-on recycling exhibit, kids can match pictures of various recycling stages together to see what happens to a tire or pair of jeans. Elsewhere, children can shine a light on a mini solar panel, learn about geothermal energy, find out how much water gets used during a bath, and figure out why bamboo is such a green choice.
 
Green Revolution, multiple locations
In partnership with Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service has created Green Revolution, a virtual exhibit about recycling, upcycling, composting, reducing waste and shrinking your carbon footprint. The exhibit has been touring the country since 2010 to give people the chance to experience Green Revolution in person, and museums throughout the United States are also adapting and installing the eco exhibits for their institutions.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Case for Increasing Glass-Recycling Rates

By Maggie Wehri

Americans recycle just over one-quarter of the glass they consume every year. That figure needs to rise.
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For centuries glass was known to be a universal packaging material for commodities like a cold beer to the finest-smelling perfume. Glass is one of the few materials that can be tossed in the recycling stream time and time again while maintaining quality and strength.

According to the EPA, “Americans generated 11.6 million tons of glass in the municipal solid waste (MSW) stream in 2012.” However, according to this statistic, only 28% of the glass was actually recovered for recycling and the remainder (we can only assume) was left to the landfills.

Glass, especially food and beverage containers, can be recycled again and again to create more containers. In fact, the EPA states that 90% of recycled glass is used to make new containers or even be reused in applications like kitchen tiles, countertops and wall insulations. So, the big question is: Why are we not recycling more glass?

Glass collection starts at the curbside, however, not all municipalities collect all the various colors and types of glass. Therefore, many citizens either find alternative programs or just toss the unwanted glass in the trash. All the glass that ends up in the trash not only takes up more space in the landfill, but also is a waste of our energy and resources.

If the glass is lucky enough to make it to the recycling facility, it will be turned into recycled crushed glass known as cullet. Many glass manufacturers rely on this material to supplement precious raw materials. The EPA states, “manufacturers mix sand, soda ash, limestone, and cullet; heat the mixture to a temperature of 2,600 to 2,800 degrees F and mold it into the desired shape.”

Utilizing cullet not only helps the environment, but also saves money because cullet costs less than using raw materials. So, first, there is an incentive for manufactures to follow through on their environmental and economic duties by recycling their glass products. Second, cullet prolongs furnace life and saves energy since it melts at a lower temperature than other raw materials. Finally, less energy used means reduced emissions of nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide, both environmentally harmful greenhouse gases. In turn, melting these recycled materials helps stop the depletion of our precious ozone layer.

Glass-container manufactures need a steady supply of cullet to create their products and support the growing demand for quality. High-quality cullet is of the utmost importance, as it yields stronger products and contains few contaminants.

Knowing how useful recycled glass can be for the environment and manufacturers, it’s a wonder why so many are still not recycling their glass. While manufacturing and design technologies continue to advance, let’s hope one day we can recycle almost all glass directly from our curb. In the meantime, utilize your curbside glass program if you have it, and if that’s not the case, make the extra trip to a drop-off site
- See more at: http://1800recycling.com/2014/09/case-increasing-glass-recycling-rates#sthash.rqL9586Q.dpuf

Saturday, September 13, 2014

How Recyclable are Your Glass Items?


By April Stearns


Common glass items like glassware, windows, mirrors and picture frames present recycling issues.
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Glass is one of the most common materials found in just about any household. Despite this, not a lot is known about how recyclable different types of glasses are. Unfortunately, not all types of glass we may be looking to dispose can go into the recycling bin. Here is a guide on the recyclability of common glass household items.

Window glass

Window glass can be more difficult to recycle than other types of glass because it is often attached to a metal or wood frame. Detaching the glass from its frame, if possible, is usually expensive. Recyclers must also take into consideration what type of glass the windows use, such as safety or tinted glass. These types of glass cannot be molded together to create a new product.
Because of this, many recycling centers will not accept window glass. However, recycled windows can be used for other purposes. They can be recreated into Fiberglas, ground up and added to asphalt for creative projects, stirred into paint used on roads and more. Companies that reuse building materials will also accept the donated window glass to use as it is. Click here more information on how window glass can be reused.

Drinking glass

Unfortunately, drinking glasses cannot be recycled because they contain added chemicals. The chemicals are needed so that this type of glass can be tougher to hold both hot and cold beverages, but that also means the glass has a different melting point than the types of glass typically put in recycling bins. Therefore, if drinking glass was added to the recycling process, the final product would break. If the glass is in good condition, thrift shops usually are a good landing spot. If the glass is broken, it should be wrapped up in paper and disposed.

Mirrors

Mirror glass is also comprised of additives that make it hard to recycle. However, some recycling center may still accept it, so you can check with a recycling center near you. Similar to drinking glass, if a mirror is in a good condition it can be donated to a thrift shop, and if it is broken it should be carefully wrapped up and tossed in the garbage.

Glass picture frames

If you are looking to dispose of a picture frame, the glass is recyclable as long as it can be removed from the rest of the frame. However, the circumstances may be different if the glass is broken. To find out what to do with the broken glass from a picture frame, it is best to contact your local recycling center. If it cannot accept the broken glass, it should be carefully disposed of in the trashcan.
- See more at: http://1800recycling.com/2014/09/how-recyclable-glass-items#sthash.fjnTaW9S.dpuf

Friday, September 12, 2014

Recycle your Food Scraps with Worms!

 

Looking for a more cost-effective way to fertilize your lawn or garden? Did you know that almost 75 percent of discarded materials in North Carolina can be composted? Ever considered using earthworms to help you accomplish this task? Composting with earthworms, or vermicomposting, is a highly effective way of turning food and yard waste into nutrient-dense fertilizer that can boost plant health and increase flower and fruit production.

What is vermicomposting?

Vermicomposting is very similar to the conventional method of composting, with the exception being that vermicomposting requires less space, can be done indoors and contains less salt than conventional composting methods. And of course, you now get to tell your friends and family that you have worms. Vermicompost is essentially a fine, soil-like material comprised of earthworm castings, decomposed food scraps, and beneficial microorganisms. This nutrient-packed fertilizer can be amended to existing soils, or used a stand-alone fertilizer for your plants.
How do I get started?
Getting started with vermicomposting at home is a simple and very inexpensive process. The first and most important step is getting your worms. Believe it or not, there are over 6,000 species of earthworms but very few are actually suited for vermicomposting. The typical species used in vermicomposting are red worms, brandling worms (also known as red wigglers), and European nightcrawlers; however the red wiggler (Eisenia fetida) are the most commonly available, and can be purchased via the internet. One pound of red wigglers can eat up to two pounds of food scraps per week!
You will also need to provide bedding, food scraps, and a place in which to store the worms. The size of the bin will depend on the amount of waste a household generates, but a good rule of thumb for a family of four would be an 8-12 inch deep box with about 6 square feet of total area. Plastic bins are the easiest and most cost-effective structures for your worms. A vermicompost system consists of a worm bin, and another bin underneath to catch the excess liquid from the upper bin. This liquid, also known as “tea” is another excellent source of fertilizer and can be saved and used as a soil amendment. In the uppermost bin, drill 8-12 quarter inch holes in the top and bottom, to allow for aeration and drainage.
Once you have constructed your bin, add about 6 inches of shredded newspaper bedding and a handful of garden soil which will provide some grit to improve digestive capabilities of your worms. Newspaper scraps should be damp, not wet. To moisten, soak in water and squeeze firmly. Worms should be added to the bin one week prior to adding food scraps. After one week, add an 8-inch layer of food scraps and cover with another 1-inch layer of dampened newspaper shreds. Maintain a temperature of about 74-77 degrees to keep worms active. Done correctly, a vermicompost bin will produce no odor, which makes it well-suited for indoor use.

Feeding and maintaining your worms

While food scraps in general can be digested by worms, there are few things that you should avoid. Meat should never make into your worm bin, as well as greasy or oily foods, onions, garlic, bones, acidic foods, etc. Before adding waste to your bin, chop into smaller pieces so to make food scraps more easily digestible. Feed your worms as needed, which is generally when you notice the previous food scraps almost completely broken down.
After a few weeks, you will notice a buildup of compost at the bottom of your bin; however, harvest will not take place until your warms have been active for 3-4 months. The easiest method is to dump the bins completely and scrape away the vermicompost. The worms are naturally deterred by light, so you can continue to scrape away layers every five minutes until you have harvested most of your vermicompost.
Vermicomposting is an excellent way to recycle food scraps and save money on fertilizer for your plants. I have been vermicomposting now for about three months and have had really good success so far, so I would encourage you to try it out if you are looking for something new to do.
Learn More!
For more information on vermicomposting, visit http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/topic/vermicomposting/, or visit http://ces.ncsu.edu, where you can post your questions via the ‘Ask an Expert’ link, or contact your local Extension office.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Twelve Amazing Ways to Repurpose Old Magazines

By Falesha Wojitysiak

That old stack of magazines? Reimagine it as incredible upcycled home décor.
For some reason I find it hard to toss my old magazines. At first I thought I may be taking my green obsession to another level. However, after finding so many creative purposes for them, I just decided I was being smart! I have put together a list of the top 12 ways to upcycle your very own used magazines.

1. Decorative panels
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There are endless ways to decorate a wall to make it more interesting, including hanging an elegant piece like this in your home. However, there is no need to pay those high art gallery prices. The decorative panels above are made modestly with a little paint and old magazines that you probably already have lying around. So, instead of allowing them to take up space in your home or in a landfill, use your magazines to create a beautiful piece of art in the comfort of your own home.
2. Vase decoupage
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We all have been there: Making the decision to throw out that empty beautiful glass blown bottle or keep it. With this idea you won’t have to decide; it’s a no brainer. All you need is a few supplies and a little imagination to create your own masterpiece. This is a perfect way to display wise or meaningful words in your home while helping the environment at the same time.
3. Bows
magazines-3.png Magazines, old newspaper and fabric scraps are probably items you already use as eco-friendly gift-wrap. However, did you know that you can create your own beautiful bows as well? Using this is fun DIY project, you will never need to purchase another bow again. I can assure you that your friends and family members will rave about these crafty accessories.
4. Recycled paper beads
magazines-4.png Beaded doorways are awesomely fun! There is just something about the sounds the beads make while walking through them. The upcycled beads are made by wrapping strips of magazines around paper clips and then stringing them together. Get creative and you can come up with a variety of uses for your own original paper beads besides this cool curtain!
5. Recycled magazine envelopes with notecards
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We all use cards to show our love, well wishes and genuine concerns for others. It reminds our loved ones of how precious they are to us and that they are on our minds. Besides, who doesn’t want to receive a gift made straight from the heart? Create and personalize your own with magazines and just a few household supplies. This is something the kiddos can get in on as well.

6. Recycled newspaper and magazine wallpaper
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Eighty years ago, one would cover his or her walls with newspaper to conceal any visible cracks. Today, however, we are using the same process as a part of our home décor. This is a simple way to make a significant change to your bathroom without having to go through an entire remodel. You can use this idea to show off your personality, and it is a great way to upcycle those worn magazines. Depending on the size of your space, it should only cost around $6 and a few hours of your time to transform any room.
7. Distressed mixed-media origami bookmarks
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Check out these cool origami corner bookmarks. They are super functional and hold around 10 pages apiece. I don’t know about you, but I am always tearing up a piece of paper to act as a bookmark and save my spot. This way, instead of wasting paper on bookmarks, you can do the earth-friendly thing and reuse old paper to do the same thing a bookmark would.
8. Lamp base of magazines and newspaper clippings
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These pair of lamps serve not only as a light source, but also a conversation piece. Their bases are comprised of magazine and newspaper clippings. That, along with the sleek black shades with an inner red accent, make these lamps both modern and artistic at the same time. There was definitely a lot of creative talent and imagination that went into producing these beauties.
9. Modern mix with custom hand-cut bird art
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This art piece adds pizzazz to your home’s décor, as its brilliant colors will brighten up any room. Although it is only crafted from hand-cut paper, it certainly has a mosaic quality to it. Get cutting now to create your own custom design to become a focal point in your home.
10. Text dangle earrings
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These handmade upcycled dangle earrings are surefire conversation starters. They have an article placed right inside them to achieve this unique look. You can even request a custom order from AnotherUse. Just imagine the possibilities, from your favorite quotes or scriptures, to song lyrics or initials. This is definitely a gift idea that will be unforgettable.
11. Upcycled magazine bowl
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“Whoa” is all I have to say about this decoupage project. I am amazed about how stunning yet useful this bowl is. What a great idea, and what’s even better is that it is very simple to make. Summer is almost over, so get your kids off the couch, away from social media for a day, and do this fun activity together. The magazine bowls can be used for as many purposes as your creative mind can come up with!
12. Christmas wreath
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When the holiday season approaches I do fun projects around my home to get in the spirit. Decorating is always at the top of my to-do list. This Christmas wreath is a gorgeous, eco-friendly addition to any holiday decoration. It is very different from the standard wreath, as it is handmade entirely from recycled magazines and cardboard. Here we have found a great way to display your love of the earth as well as the holiday season!
All images used are copyrighted and used with permission of the photographers/artists.
- See more at: http://1800recycling.com/2014/09/twelve-amazing-ways-repurpose-old-magazines#sthash.VslYhs5G.dpuf

Home Electronics Disposal

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