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Recycling and Re-Using Plastic Shopping Bags

 

reduce reuse recycleEveryone knows that plastic shopping bags are public enemy number one when it comes to recycling. While it’s certainly not a bad idea to kick them to the curb and just use a cloth shopping bag for all of your grocery needs, most people already have at least one drawer jam-packed with plastic bags that they don’t know what to do with. If you’re willing to get a little creative there are plenty of plastic bag solutions all around your house.

Knee and Shoe Guards

Have you ever wanted to get some weeding done in your side garden, but you didn’t want dirt all over your pants as well as your hands? Tie a plastic shopping bag around each of your knees and put your green thumb to work. If it’s raining and your shoes just can’t take the damp then just slip a pair of plastic bags over them and start walking. Even if the rest of you is wet by the time you get where you’re going your feet will be just fine.

Instant Shower Cap

Most of us associate shower caps with hotel rooms, and we wonder if anyone actually uses those archaic devices anymore. If you’re one of those people who needs to keep your hair dry in the shower though just put your hair in a plastic shopping bag and tie it closed. It might not be an ideal solution, but it works great in a pinch.

Keep Food Fresher Longer

If you’ve got leftovers that are only going to be good for a few days then consider slipping them into a plastic shopping bag and tying it shut. This will add at least a few days to the food, ensuring that you have plenty of time to finish what you started.

Keep Your Cooler Dry

Whether you’re putting an ice pack in your lunch box or into a cooler for a road trip, wrap the packs in a plastic bag. This will stop the build up of condensation, ensuring that you don’t have a layer of water sloshing around in the bottom of your lunch pail throughout the work day.

Handle With Care

If you’re mailing presents to friends and family (particularly around the holidays) there’s no need to buy packing peanuts. Simply fill in all the extra space in the package with plastic shopping bags. This will cushion what you’re mailing, and take up all that extra space while still putting these bags to good use.

Give Them To A Good Home

Some stores will accept their own bags back to be recycled, though that’s not always the case. If you really want to give these plastic bags a second life check with local re-sale shops and thrift stores to see if they’ll accept these bags to use for their own customers. In this way plastic bags can be used again and again until they’re finally out of carrying capacity. At that point it’s best to turn them over the recyclers to be melted down and remade into something new.

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Green Energy Phone Chargers: Sustainable Living Solutions For Everyone!

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It’s almost impossible to turn on the news today without seeing something about the demands for energy getting worse and worse. It may seem overwhelming, particularly for those looking for simple sustainable living solutions. Sustainable living is like changing your diet though; small steps can have a big impact.

For instance, look at your handheld technology and ask how much less power you’d draw from the grid if you could run them off of home-generated green energy.

How Much Power Does A Smartphone Use?

According to this source you may only be using between .41 and .50 to charge your smartphone at a wall outlet every year. Now that doesn’t sound like much, but it’s important to remember the sheer ubiquity of cell phone technology. How many smartphones do you have just in your house? Your office? What about your city?

There are millions of these devices in use all over the world, and estimates say that 1 billion smartphones will be on the market and in use by the year 2016. That doesn’t account for regular cell phones, tablets, ereaders, and the dozens of other small, handheld devices you and people like you use every day.

Suddenly sustainability becomes a much bigger issue.

Green Energy Chargers Can Help Alleviate The Problem

While getting green energy on a city-providing scale is a massive, expensive endeavor it’s possible to get green energy chargers for a very reasonable amount of money. The XD solar charger mounts onto a window, and as long as there’s sunlight it can charge any small device with a USB port. The onE Puck by Epiphany Labs uses a miniature Sterling engine kept in a coaster to turn heat or cold into a charge for your phone. There are hundreds of options on the market right now, and all of them will make it so that you should never need to plug your smartphone, or any other USB charging device, into a wall socket again.

Not only that but you’ll be able to keep using your devices even when the power goes out. You reduce your dependency on grid energy, lessen your carbon footprint, and you still get to use the plethora of modern conveniences that you’ve come to rely on.

Now pause for a minute, and ask if everyone in your household used green energy to charge their devices. Your office? Your city? The impact adds up quite quickly.

For more information on sustainable living and green energy solutions in your home simply contact us today!