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

  • Have a Green Labor Day!

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    Posted on In the Loop by CalRecycle Staff on Sep 4, 2017

  • Green Weddings: Your Eco-Friendly Guide

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    Cheap wedding favors are often overlooked or forgotten by guests, and that can add up to a lot of uneaten Jordan almonds in plastic bags or paper boxes at the end of the big day. Swap those tossable favors and think about a special memento that won’t get tossed into the trash on the way out the reception hall.  You could give live tree saplings or succulents, bookmarks with poems on them, or jam in reusable mason jars.

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    Most couples spend a lot of time picking out the perfect menu, and caterers generally recommend ordering a little more food than needed just in case a last-minute RSVP comes in. Be a green bride and ask your caterer to package up leftover food in to-go containers for your guests. Opt for biodegradable or recyclable containers, and share the wealth of your feast!

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    Weddings can be expensive parties, but upcycling can help keep your special day under budget. If you need a classy table runner, pop into your local library or used bookstore and ask for any damaged or unsellable books. Glue loose pages into a literary-inspired table runner! Skip paper napkins and plastic utensils. Raid thrift shops and yard sales for classic napkins and handkerchiefs and cutlery. Guests will love the vintage flair these items add to your decor.

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    data-sf-ec-immutable=""> and groomsman gifts can be designed to suit the day or the person. We suggest you opt for the latter and give a gift that will outlast the style and fashion of your wedding. Monogrammed travel bags for the guys and silkscreened customized totes for the ladies make perfect forever gifts.

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    Wedding fare is often served in courses throughout the evening beginning with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner, and concluded with dessert. Hold the toothpicks and skewers and focus on munchies that can be served with nothing more than a napkin.

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    Decorating a venue for a wedding can be a daunting task. Keep it simple and focus on making the space feel like a reflection of your personal style. Bring books, vases, small tables, and even dishes from home to give your wedding a homey feel. Call up friends and relatives to see what they might have to lend—they’ll love being a part of your special day and you can check “Something Borrowed” off your list!


    data-sf-ec-immutable=""> a little imagination, it’s easy to be a green bride and host an eco-friendly wedding party. Don’t sacrifice your sense of style or fashion, but think of ways to creatively decorate and serve your guests. When your big day is over, ask around and share the love by gifting some of your unwanted wedding decorations and accessories to another eco-friendly couple!

    Posted on In the Loop by Christina Files on Jun 15, 2017

  • Love Is in the Air

    Date night ideas for the Mother Nature lover

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    Originally posted by neaarty

    Valentine’s Day is swiftly approaching. Love is in the air, but it doesn’t have to smell like a landfill.

    According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are planning to spend an average of $89.86 on Valentine’s Day gifts. What happens to those greeting cards and flowers ($1.1 billion and $1.9 billion respectively) come February 15? Sadly, cards, flowers, and those adorable conversation hearts end up in the trash. (Flowers can go in the green waste bin!) 

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    As it turns out, 24 percent of Americans surveyed plan to give experience gifts, while approximately 40 percent hope to receiveexperience gifts! So, if you’re all about the love story, show both your partner and Mother Nature some affection with these date-night ideas that are practically waste-free and inexpensive, too.

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    For nature-loving sweethearts, rent a bicycle built for two and ride to new or memorable places. You’ll be getting exercise and quality time together and, as a bonus, you won’t be generating trash. 

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    Just not into riding bikes? Sow the seeds of love by planting a drought-friendly or native flora garden. You can enjoy it year round, and it won’t end up in the trash a week later like those fresh-cut flowers. To find flowers that fit your garden, and their meaning, check out this website

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    Are you in a new relationship? Learn what makes your partner’s heart flutter with a game of 20 (or more) questions. You can play anywhere: at home, the spot where you met, or a romantic cafe. If you want, use small scraps of paper to write the questions, pick them from a jar, and reuse both for the next quality time occasion. 

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    Singles, you have not been forgotten! You don’t have to be lonesome just because you weren’t shot with Cupid’s arrow this year. Learn the meaning of “puppy love” by volunteering to walk dogs at your local animal shelter. Dogs need love, too! Skip the chocolate and flowers, get some exercise, and spend time with someone who really needs it. 

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    Now, get out there and show Mother Nature she’s your main squeeze.

    Posted on In the Loop by TC Clark on Feb 9, 2017