Listed below are recent posts across all of CalRecyle's blogs.

  • 5 Environmental Social Media Accounts You Need to Follow Today

    They say if you’re not on social media, you don’t exist. We all know that isn’t true, but it wouldn’t hurt to at least check in on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram every once in a while to see what’s happening in the world of environmentalism. Here are a few of the many social media accounts that we at CalRecycle think are worth a follow if you want to keep up with sustainability, environmentalism, climate change, recycling, and nature.

    Recycle by City

    Recycle by City provides specific recycling information to eight cities (three in California) with easy-to-follow instructions and visuals that help clear up recycling confusion. Always on the pulse of what is going on in the world of waste and environmentalism, Recycle by City deserves a follow on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook—whichever you prefer.

    Podship Earth

    You’re missing out on all kinds of fascinating environmental topics if you’re not listening to Podship Earth, hosted by Jared Blumenfeld, CalEPA’s new secretary. While the Instagram and Facebook accounts both have relevant and interesting content, it’s best to subscribe to the podcast and/or follow on Twitter for the most up-to-date information.

    U.S. Interior

    The name doesn’t really do this Instagram account justice—while it sounds like it might be a photographic tour of America’s best interior designs, it’s actually more about the exterior. The U.S. Interior’s Instagram account will blow you away with breathtaking nature shots from federal lands—lands the department is charged with conserving. We love this particular account because it reminds us why we fight so hard to protect the planet.

    Save the Food

    In California, 1 in 8 people are food-insecure, including 1 in 5 children. Yet each year in our state alone, we waste approximately 5.6 million tons of food, which generates greenhouse gases when it decomposes in our landfills. Save the Food’s Facebook page is chock-full of statistics on food waste, how to prevent it, and tips on how to best store and repurpose food before it goes to waste. Plus, they’ve got quick videos that are fun and fascinating.

    The Story of Stuff Project

    Everyone’s stuff has a story! Whichever account you follow—Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or even YouTube—The Story of Stuff Project will have some content that you can relate to. Whether it’s climate change, waste, or eco-friendly tips, following any or all of their accounts will not disappoint. Their quirky videos will have you thinking twice about your stuff after it’s not your stuff anymore.

    Posted on In the Loop by TC Clark on Mar 28, 2019

  • The Re-Gift that Keeps On Giving

    Oh, the holidays. They bring gatherings, good feelings, gifts, and ... garbage. How do you keep your cool when it comes to wading through the clutter brought on by this special time of year? One way is by cleaning your closets and clearing the chaos with regifting. Sure, some people think it’s tacky to give a gift that was once given to them, but from an economic and environmental standpoint, it makes a lot of sense. Here are some important rules to regifting to rid yourself—and save the landfill—from that godawful (or good, but mis-gifted) present.

    To Regift or Not to Regift

    First things first: Ask yourself why you are giving this item away. Are you doing it because you’re being cheap, you ran out of time, and/or you don’t want it tucked under the bed or in your closet anymore? Then you’re doing it for all the wrong reasons. Giving a gift is a special thing, and the item you’re giving should reflect that feeling to the special person who is receiving it. Just because a gift is not brand new does not change or diminish the reason why we give. When you regift, you’re still keeping the receiver in mind and giving them your item because it’s something they would like to have, not because you just don’t want it.  

    It’s Not Personal

    Is the item personalized or homemade? If so, regifting is a hard no. Always check your item for engravings, a monogram, a signature, or any other indication that it belongs to you and you alone. If you don’t want to open a present only to find out it’s an embroidered item with the name Edna on it, then chances are, your receiver doesn’t either. Unless, of course, their name is Edna.

    Reduce Reuse Recycle Regift

     

    The Difference Between Used and Pre-Owned

    It’s all in the wording, but really what is the difference between used and pre-owned? When you’re considering regifting, make sure the item is in good working condition. If it’s never been used and is in the original box, that’s even better! Refrain from giving your friends or family members items that have been visibly used, have wear and tear, or are dusty. It’s likely your receiver doesn’t want that old food processor from the depths of your kitchen cabinets any more than you do, but they may like that extra kitchen gadget you never opened.

    Tie a String Around Your Finger and the Gift

    One of the biggest no-nos in regifting is inadvertently regifting an item back to the original giver. Not only is this embarrassing for you, but it can also hurt the original giver’s feelings. It’s important that if you get an item that doesn’t fit your style or that you don’t need, to take note of who gave it to you. And if you had a memory lapse and aren’t sure who it was, it’s best not to regift it at all. You don’t want to have an episode of Seinfeld on your hands.

    Honesty is the Best Policy

    If someone does find out you regifted, it’s always best to fess up. We’ve all received a gift that didn’t fit our bodies, lifestyle, or personalities, so it’s best to just say so. If you give a present to someone and they find out it was a regift, let them know it wasn’t your style or you already had one and you knew they would love it. You don’t have to say anything negative about the item, just that you thought they would really appreciate it. And after all, it is the thought that counts, isn’t it?

    Giving a gift is a special thing, and the item you're giving should reflect that feeling to the special person who is receiving it.

    Posted on In the Loop by TC Clark on Dec 6, 2018