Posts Tagged 'recycle'

What to do with old pantyhose? Recycle them!

OK, ladies, listen up.

For those of you who haven’t found 20 other uses for old pantyhose, here’s an option that you might just like.

If you are like me, you have a drawer full of old hosiery, mismatched knee-hi stockings, and ruined tights that you’ll never wear again and the thought of dumping them into a landfill isn’t appealing.

Here’s how to get that drawer back and do something good for the environment along the way.

No Nonsense wants your old hosiery, any brand, size, type, condition you have.

They’ll ship it to a recycling company which will turn it into all sorts of things from park benches and playground equipment to carpet and toys, according to the company’s Web site.

Download a mailing label, ship them off, and be done with them.

Guess what I’m doing tonight?

– Linda J.

 

How green are you?

Now that we’ve re-launched the Easy Being Green blog, it’s time to start talking about how green we are, our kids are going to be as they grow up and what that will mean for Kentucky.

If you are just getting started and need some ideas, check out these going green tips.

Start with the first 10 or so, then when you get comfortable, try some more!
Do or have tried all 30 tips?

Well, what more should people know that isn’t in this list?

Tell me and I’ll add them in.

– Linda J.

 

Going green, top 10 — my findings vs. ask.com’s findings

I recently accepted a challenge from ask.com who saw an earlier blog I did on finding companies that do no harm. They emailed me their “Going Green Top Ten questions” and their answers and suggested I try to find answers, too. So here are my findings and ask.com’s.

1. Why should I recycle?
Me:
More importantly, as my 6-year-old daughter asked the other day, “why don’t people recycle?” The National Recycling Council has its own Top 10 reasons to recycle. Read them here.
Ask.com: Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources.

2. How do hybrid cars work?
Me:
A hybrid car attempts to merge the best of gasoline- and electric-powered vehicles for reduced energy waste, while overcoming the environmental problems of gas and short use span of batteries.
Ask.com: A hybrid car has elements of both gasoline powered engines, and electric powered engines, which are combined in such a way that gas mileage is increased and pollution is decreased.

3. What was the recycled material used to make the 2010 Olympic medals?
Me:
“Each medal was made with a tiny bit of the more than 140,000 tons of e-waste that otherwise would have been sent to Canadian landfills,” according to ScientificAmerican.com.
Ask.com: Olympic medals have been made of gilded silver since the 1912 Games.

4. What is energy conservation?
Me:
Reducing the amount of everything we use because everything takes energy to make, create or build. It takes energy to pull the bauxite out of the ground to make foil, even though foil can be recycled. It’s turning off lights, unplugging things when you aren’t using them, and switching to energy-saving equipment and electronics, if not outright doing without them. And don’t forget the CFL bulbs, washing and cleaning full loads (clothes or dishes) and the like. It takes every piece of that and more to reduce the the energy we use to allow save energy and the environment.
Ask.com: Energy conservation is simply using less energy.

5. Where can I recycle batteries?
Me:
In Kentucky, go to: www.waste.ky.gov for a list of places that take recycled batteries and electronics.
Ask.com: Go to earth911.com to find battery recycling centers in your area.

6. What is the cheapest way to go green?
Me:
Check out the queen of saving money’s suggestions for going green at: Suze Ormans Guide to Making Low Cost eco-upgrades. She makes a lot of sense.
Ask.com: The best way to go green is also the best way to save money — use less!

7. What percent of people recycle?
Me:
According to a 2009 article on 911.com, “While 87 percent of people surveyed say they recycle, the U.S. EPA reports only 33 percent of our waste is diverted from landfills.” Makes me question how much that 87 percent is actually recycling or if they really do recycle. Our garbage has dropped more than 75% between recycling everything we can, composting even more and using fewer things like plastic bottles. Packaging matters.
Ask.com: It is estimated that only 70% of the U.S. population recycles.

8. Which city recycles the most?
Me:
Ok, I wasn’t expecting this: Lexington, Ky. was the only city, of those with more than 100,000 people, to score 5 out of 5 in the recycling/green perspective category of a survey by popsci.com in 2008. “Lexingtonians recycle everything from surplus electronics to scrap metal, and they listed the environment as their third most important concern (behind only employment and public safety) & the highest ranking in our survey.”
Ask.com: San Francisco ranks the highest on many survey-based studies on recycling and sustainability.

9. How does wind power work?
Me:
“Breaking it down to it’s simplest components, a wind turbine operates as follows: the wind turns the blades; the blades spin a shaft; the shaft connects to a generator; the generator produces electricity.” Source: ezinearticles.com.
Ask.com: The wind turns the blades of a turbine, which in turn spin a shaft that is connected to a generator. This produces kinetic energy, which the generator uses to produce electricity.

10. How will future generations be affected if we don’t recycle?
Me:
Read number 1 again and then ponder this: If we don’t recycle, we lose jobs, waste energy, create more pollution, greenhouse gases and more.
Ask.com: Higher fuel prices, increased consumer debt, dirty air, and decreasing wildlife population.

How did we do?

— Linda J.

Habitat for Humanity now recycles paint

Do you have half-empty paint cans taking up valuable space in your basement or garage because you don’t know what to do with them?

Here’s a great, local way to help the environment and a good cause.

Habitat for Humanity will take those latex paint cans and recycle them into new paints for purchase.

Called a “bulking operation”, the non-profit plans to take old paint and mix them into new colors.

The bulking involves “combining different colors of paint, separated into light and dark shades, in a 55-gallon mixing vat. In the beginning, two shades will be created, beige from lighter paint; gray from darker paint. Although each 55-gallon batch is a different tone, the paint is sold in 5 gallon buckets so customers have a significant supply,” according to a release issued Thursday.

Habitat has a tinting machine and will offer more colors down the road.

Latex paint can be dropped off at Habitat ReStore, 451 Southland Dr., or Habitat’s offices, 120 Industry Road.

Paint will be sold at the ReStore only.

Habitat already has some paint to start recycling, between the 30 tons dropped off at the city’s household waste on April 24 and because people have dropped off paint at the Southland Drive store even though Habitat didn’t officially take it before now.

“The ReStore already received a significant amount of donated paint and sold or gave away what we could, despite the fact that we weren’t really equipped to handle it,” said Habitat’s deconstruction manager Bill Wood. “We recognized the need for some better way of dealing with it and to hopefully create a uniform product out of the used paint.”

— Linda J.