How Recycling Helps Keep The Planet Green!

December 31st, 2013

REcycle eWherever there are land-filling sites then there are people who are aware of and are practicing recycling. Most of us only collect what we were told to and put it all into its suitable location. However, are we all mindful of how recycling actually helps our planet? Please take the required minute or two and read on to find this all out for yourself.

A sensitive subject as of late is one that deals with the unemployment rates of countless millions across the globe. Did you know that the whole undertaking of recycling creates millions of “green” jobs? A lot of distributed income is created when local towns, cities and other communities come together to commit their efforts to recycle waste materials and other garbage. Junk outlets are another business venture that people can earn a living from aside from the transporting, dispersing and collecting of waste components.

The next benefit of recycling we can look at is how the recycling procedures actually help us in keeping and protecting the organic resources that we need. It’s hard to imagine going back to a time when there was so much waste and none of it was being recycled. Just imagine all the sources of nature such as trees, aquatic assets and minerals that have been spared because of this wonderful recycling plan. There is no going back with this now and we must continue on because the endurance of the planets’ supplies demand it. (more…)

How Recycling Saves Energy

December 2nd, 2013

Most everyone who understands about recycling consumer goods will know that the fundamental purpose behind the concept of recycling is to minimize domestic waste that would otherwise go straight to a land-filling site. In the long run, recycling also helps cut down on the needed amounts of precious natural resources that we would be using to manufacture new commodities. It also saves on power expenses for those producers by a rather considerable measure. We will be taking a closer look at certain materials that are used for recycling and we will observe just how recycling saves energy.

recycledEvery day we use plastic for bottles, furniture, toys, electronics and you name what else. There are actually seven significant kinds of plastic that are used in making several products for consumers such as the ones just mentioned. Fortunately for the environment and everyone else, most of these plastic types can have a longer lasting life simply because they can be used substantially in recycling. Amazingly, to take raw materials and produce new plastics would require 9/10 of the energy amount that it would just to recycle it as an alternative.

As a majority could likely guess, aluminum is one of the most streamlined and frequently used types of recycling there is. Aluminum happens to be particularly adept because it can be reprocessed in such high quantities and at the same time it calls for such small concentrations of development in order to make it obtainable for reuse. All that is required from the producer is to take the crushed metal and melt it down so that it can be incorporated to newer aluminum that has been newly manufactured. In this process, the newer metal is not debauched in any way. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has stated that if you were to go ahead and recycle an aluminum can it would only consume less than 5% of what it would take to create a fresh new one. If you were to gather the energy that was saved then it would have the ability to keep your television running for about three hours, according to The Aluminum Association. (more…)

What Is Recycling and How Does It Work?

September 28th, 2013

For decades many of us have been recycling our paper, metals, plastics and all the rest because we were told it’s a good thing to do. But do you actually know what happens to all of these materials once they are out of your hands? Normally when things are out of sight then they go entirely out of our minds as well. The entire process of recycling is actually very basic in that you only need to get rid of something that you no longer have any use for in order that it can be made or used for something else.

There are many types of recycling that go on every single day across the planet. In all actuality, we’re recycling all the time because when we take an item in the home that we no longer have use for and begin changing the purpose of it, we’re recycling. Some people take old magazine paper and fold it into tiny ashtrays or garbage containers while others use cardboard items and turn them into book or magazine holders. It’s really quite that simple.

RecycleWhen you take consumer products and use them for recycling, they get changed back into raw materials and then remade into an entirely new type of goods. Some certain materials are collected and used more and in much bigger quantities for recycling than others. For example, plastic canisters, steel from broken down structures, aluminum cans and old office paper can all be used to make something on a more remarkable level. These types of recycling programs are often propelled by domestic communities. (more…)

Ideas for a Green Summer’s Children’s Party

July 1st, 2014

Kids. Kids everywhere. All of them screaming, running about the place in a whirl as you frantically look around, making sure none of the little guys have hurt themselves. If that’s not enough on your plate already, you have your neighbour’s beady eyes watching disapprovingly over the chaos from their upstairs window.

It’s that time again. It’s summer party time for the children.

But aside from annoying your neighbours, kids parties are also likely to be occasions when you spend the most money on energy in a single day of the year. Using the electric air pump, lighting up your whole house and playing continuous party music for their little ears is not cheap you know.

To reduce your energy consumption, and minimise your carbon foot-print, consider throwing a green children’s party. Trust me, the kids will be none the wiser to the difference in any case.

Digital invitations only

Before your party even begins, you can reduce your usage of natural resources by opting out of sending paper invitations. But before your little Tommy starts to cry, inform the little fella that he is still allowed to invite his friends, but by doing it digitally only instead. So send invitations by email. That’s the trendy way of doing things these days anyhow.

Plan local, organic food

Yes, you can still crack out your beloved smoker from the Find Top Rated Electric Smokers guide, but try to only cook organic produce on it. Buying locally can also reduce your carbon footprint, because you are likely to travel less miles buying from the local farmer’s market, and less miles = fewer emissions.

Take the party outside

A summer children’s party is not called a summer party for nothing. So I assume you have your kid invasion planned for a hot summer’s day. That being the case, you can make it based around the outside of your house. Not only is this where your BBQ equipment from Smoky Goodness Barbecue is situated anyway, it also means you reduce your power consumption as you make use of the natural light. Lighting every room in the inside of your house so you don’t lose any small children in there takes a lot of energy, you know.

Transport in groups

Driving back and forth from your home to drop off or collect the kids is not only incredibly tiring, it also adds a great deal to your carbon footprint. Sometimes you can’t avoid this, but you certainly can organize ferrying duties so that you transport multiple children at once and drop them off or pick them up en route. If this is too much for you, consider hiring a bus, especially if you have over 30 kids coming to the party. Again, group transportation reduces pollution and saves drivers from having to find parking spaces.

Buy in bulk

You are going to have a huge bill if you buy lots of small packets of food items for a large party. It makes sense from an economic standpoint to buy in bulk. From a green perspective, it also makes sense, as buying in bulk reduces the amount of waste packaging and wrapping that you will go through on party day, and clearing up the next day will also be a lot easier.

Recycling at the Range: Good for Profits and Good for the Environment

April 2nd, 2014

Consumers have put a lot of thought and ingenuity into recycling over the last thirty years. It’s become a multi-million dollar industry just to process scrap metal.  Owners of gun ranges have traditionally made money off of ammunition and gun safe sales, but now they are using this booming recycling industry to increase profits, comply with EPA guidelines, and reduce their carbon footprint.  Gun owners and gun enthusiasts are also some of the most environmentally conscious people, especially in regards to wildlife conservation.  Nearly every material used by consumers at a shooting range can be recycled.  What materials are we talking about? How can they be re-used in a safe and profitable manner?

Recycling Lead, Brass, and Paper

Simply put, the lead in bullets can be re-used to make more bullets. Right now, most ammunitions depots use the lead reclaimed from recycled car batteries to make their ammunition. This is because recovery efforts of individual lead deposits from the soil of outdoor ranges are time consuming. It is still more cost effective for secondary smelters to extract the lead from batteries than the lead from used bullets. If more businesses put an emphasis on collecting these lead deposits, the used bullets can be used to make new ones. Many people already do this on a personal use basis and some companies have started to collect bulk supplies from ranges that do take the time to pick up scrap bits and sort them for recycling.

Recycling brass is a bit more commonplace, since the brass can be re-used for a myriad of consumer products and it is far easier for a range to keep up with spent casings than to track down individual lead deposits.  There are no EPA specific regulations for picking up a spent casing. Some ranges even have receptacles for shooters to deposit their own casings in before leaving the facility. Recycling companies will pick up the bulk from a range or the range can transport the bulk materials to the facility and have it weighed and sell it per volume to the recycler.

While there is no monetary gain to recycling the paper or clay products of target practice, there is still good cause for ranges to do so. Recycling all materials, including paper and clay, represents a company that makes consistent positive choices that impact the environment. As was mentioned, gun owners are an environmentally conscious group and this practice can promote range owners as civic leaders in the community.

Benefits to Recycling Materials

There are several benefits to recycling at gun ranges including:

  • Discounts from ammunition suppliers- If a range provides the depot with materials (specifically spent cartridges) to make more ammunition, there are usually substantial discounts on future purchases.
  • Exemption from EPA waste disposal guidelines – The EPA regards recycled metal ammunition as waste management not classified under hazardous waste disposal, which saves the range both time and money.
  • Ranges can collect cleaning supplies such as rags, solvents, and oils and they can all be sent to industrial cleaners and re-used, saving money for both the range and the consumer.

At the end of the day, a gun range is still a business. Businesses are regulated by government guidelines. Businesses base their success or failure on profit margins and operating costs. How can a successful gun range stay in business? It isn’t enough to be knowledgeable and enthusiastic, though that helps. Owners must also be business savvy and make smart decisions.  Recycling the products of consumers is one great business decision that can add to the profit of the company and improve the range’s impact on the environment.

Ditch The Gym With Green Fitness Equipment

March 25th, 2014

newSkyOver the past ten years there has been a gradual shift to environmentally friendly products. Ten years ago, there were very few hybrid or electric cars on the roads. Solar panels weren’t yet being installed on homes and we didn’t seem to care as much about the environment. Remember when Acid Rain was a hot topic? It seems like ages ago.

Luckily for us Green thumbs this shift has meant an increased amount of environmental friendly fitness products. The yoga company Gaiam is dedicated to making products that’re eco-friendly even if it costs more. They’ve expanded from Yoga to home furnishings which look like they were made for a yoga studio. It seems like folks are willing to spend a few extra dollars on products that have been made in a sustainable fashion.

If you’re looking for a relaxing eco-friendly solution consider an eco-friendly foam roller such as the release roller. Our friends over at exercisefoamrollers have done extensive foam roller reviews.

One product I’m very excited to try is the Nike Flyknit shoe. It really is unlike anything I’ve ever seen – it’s entirely made out of yarn which means no scraps in the manufacturing process. This is important as our landfills continue to fill up. Not to mention they’re designed to be worn without socks. I’m not entirely sure if I’ll go that route, but it’s nice to have that option. And the best part? They look slick, check out these neon green ones. Eco-friendly and stylish, perfect.

Not interested in the yarn look but want to sport an eco-friendly shoe? I love the way New Balance newSkys look. They’re made from less material then a typical sneaker and use recycled water bottles in their construction. I personally don’t like the look of the New Balances as much as the Nike FlyKnit, but they’re still a pretty stylish alternative.

Did someone say sweat? If you’re looking for a sweat absorbing headband look no further than Gaiam’s eco-friendly head bands. It’s made out of 86% recycled materials which helps keep waste out of our landfills.

And we can’t talk about landfills without discussing the impacts of all of the water bottles. Skip the $3.00 bottles of average water, purchase a high quality purifier (which actually makes the water a lot more pure then water companies could ever dream of) and rock a camelback water bottle. Or if you’re huge water consumer you can opt for a Nalgene water bottle. So let’s recap, they hold more water, the water is actually cleaner, you save money AND you keep the bottles out of the landfill? It sounds like a win-win.

Non-Recyclable: Relieving Stress at The Shooting Range

February 22nd, 2014

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of stopping by the shooting range next to my local recycling center to ask them if they had any recyclables I could help them process (gun shooting ranges aren’t exactly considered “green” by most accounts).  To my surprise, there were several Eco-geeks hanging out just like me.  They not only agreed to help donate their recyclable materials, but talked to me about how some firearms, firearms accessories companies and ammunition manufacturers are trying to cut down on waste.

Apparently shooting is also a big stress relief.  For those of you that don’t know what shooting can do, shooting a firearm is actually seen as a form of stress relief in many states across the US. However, is this fact or just a myth? And if it is true, how exactly does firing a gun relieve stress? We address these questions and many more pertaining to firearms and stress relief in the following article.

Among shooters, many have reported that discharging a firearm at the local range gives them an opportunity to take their minds off of whatever may be plaguing them. Some shooters say that an afternoon at the range can completely calm them down and help them relax after a rough day at work or dealing with personal problems.

But are these gun advocates really scientifically experiencing stress relief, or have they simply created a bit of justification for their habits and preferences? If we examine the process of shooting a gun, it is clear to see that shooting offers many of the same aspects as other activities that are commonly referred to as stress relieving.

First of all, like many other stress relieving activities, though many of them can be done in a group setting, nearly all require severe concentration by each individual on his or her own actions. This intent focus on a target is similar to focusing on supporting the core in yoga and focusing on your target in golf. Shooting requires precise movements from muscles, also an aspect shared with other popular forms of stress relief. A key feature of shooting is that it requires slow, controlled breathing and a clear mental state for an optimal performance. This is very similar to meditative activities.

Overall, it is the exercise of a mixture of mental and physical control required in target shooting that can help individuals release tension physically, mentally, and emotionally. Focusing on something other than our problems and worries and instead directing our energies into an activity that requires intense concentration and extreme physical discipline in order to achieve a desired outcome allows us to forget, or at least temporarily put aside, those worries.

Finally, when the desired action is accomplished, this can lead to a release in endorphin output and help increase our level of happiness and self esteem. When we accomplish the task we set out to tackle, we are filled with a deep sense of satisfaction for reaching our goals and seeing our effort paid off.

Other people who have used guns, however declare that they have not felt stress relief when shooting a gun. The vast majority of these people were also concerned with the safety issues that can potentially be a factor when dealing with firearms.  These individuals have also most likely not been trained on proper firearms training and security measures. We can imply for these accounts that perhaps while shootings at the range can be an excellent form of therapy, it is not suitable for everyone. It’s essential that those who want to try shooting for stress relief first learn the rules of gun safety and feel comfortable correctly handling a firearm. If this is accomplished, it is possible for shooting to be an excellent form of therapy.

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