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How you can speak your mind and protect the environment at the same time
Demonstration signs—made of poster board, a handle, paint, and a bold or funny statement—seem to be everywhere lately. But, what do you do with your sign when the event is over? We’re not going to tell you what your sign should say, but we do have some tips for making a sign that can be reused or recycled.
Start by researching any restrictions or guidelines on signs for the event. Check the FAQ section of your event website. For example, flags and signs may be acceptable, but metal posts might be forbidden. There may also be size restrictions. If you can’t find any rules online, contact the organization in advance. You wouldn’t want to show up only to have to forfeit your hand-crafted sign because you didn’t follow the rules.
As you begin to create your sign, consider its design. Will it be made of poster board, cardboard, or vinyl? By choosing your materials first, you’ll be better prepared to reuse your sign or recycle it when you’re done. Cardboard is a good option because it’s probably something you have lying around the house from your last online order, and there are a lot of size options. And, as long as you keep it simple, the cardboard will be recyclable after you’re done.
When it comes to spelling out your message, understand that stickers or any shiny embellishments, while attractive and attention-grabbing, are not easy to recycle, and can actually make it more difficult to recycle the poster material itself. If you’re only planning on using your sign once, use colored markers and forgo the glitter glue, foam letters, and plastic decorations. Poster boards with a glossy, plastic, or foil finish are off limits for recycling, much like gift wrap with bling.
Are you planning to attend more than one event? A reusable signmay be your best bet. Consider a sign that can be appropriate for separate events or one made from more durable material. If you want to continuously modify one sign, consider using a dry erase or chalkboard setup.
Whatever type of event or demonstration you join, you’ll be ready to help the environment while you speak your mind. Just make sure to check with your local city or county to learn about specific recycling rules if you choose to dispose of your sign.
Now get out there an express yourself the less-waste way!Posted on In the Loop by TC Clark on Apr 17, 2017
When in doubt, throw it out? Or, when in doubt, recycle?
It’s difficult to set black-and-white rules on what is recyclable and what is not, because it all comes down to your specific waste hauler or trash company. What’s accepted for recycling in one community may not be in a neighboring area.
Most of us know the universal sign for recycling, the three chasing arrows in a triangle.
But this symbol below—three chasing arrows with a number inside—is more confusing.
No, these numbers having nothing to do with serving size or nutritional content. They designate the type of plastic the item is made from.
Plastic #1—or, if you dare to refer to it as its proper name, polyethylene terephthalate—is the most widely used plastic. Think soda bottles, water bottles, and peanut butter jars. There are seven different types of plastic designations that you will find on commonly used items.
This quick video explains the seven different types of plastic and offers tips on their best use: Here’s What Those Little Numbers Inside Recycling Symbols Really Mean.
And remember, just because you see an item sporting the chasing-arrows symbol with a number inside it, that does not mean the item is recyclable in your area. Contact your local waste hauler (take a peek at the trash truck next time they come by to figure out who it is) or visit the hauler’s website for information about what can and cannot be recycled in your area.
The first step, of course, is to limit the plastic we use altogether. The next step is to find out what goes in your blue bin to ensure our discards can be resurrected into something new to save resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to the circular economy.
Video courtesy of Evon.Posted on In the Loop by Angela Vincent on Mar 27, 2017
Date night ideas for the Mother Nature lover
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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