As college senior undergraduate students begin to prepare for their upcoming graduation, instead of discarding old clothes, textbooks, appliances, etc. by the curbside, consider selling or donating these items to rising college students. By simply posting messages on craiglist.com, facebook.com, and other social media sites, students can easily donate or sell these items. The following is a list of common items that are consistently in demand:
- microwave ovens
- dorm room size refrigerators
- desk lamps
- cooking utensils, pots, pans
- computer, laptops, and related accessories
- ipods, mp3 players, headphones
- laundry baskets/bags
- gently used clothing
Have you ever wondered if there is a better way to dispose of old appliances? Well, there is a great free recycling appliance program offered by the Appliances Recycling Center of America (ARCA), Inc. If you have old appliances that you would like to ensure it is properly recycled, please visit their website to find the nearest location in your area, www.gorecyclenow.com. You no longer need to worry about harmful byproducts from aging appliances leaking into our environment.
If your old appliances are still in working order, consider donating them to a local charity/church/college.
Happy Earth Day! Our earth contains finite resources. In order to preserve our resources for future generations, there are small sacrifices that we can choose to make every day. One of the simplest sacrifice is to conserve water. This means if you have not finished your water in your water bottle, empty the remaining water into your potted plants. This means to install a simple rain catcher/container to store rain water to water your garden. This means to fix all leaky faucets in your home. This means to plant natural gardens that require less watering. This means to gently remind other patrons in public bathrooms to turn off their faucets when they are finished washing their hands.
There are days in which I run a few miles then teach a yoga class, so I am always looking for versatile activewear. I recently tried clothing from 90 Degree by Reflex. 90 Degree by Reflex offers activewear tops, shirts, shorts, capris and a number of other apparel. I love their activewear! Unlike other manufacturers that tend to skim on clothing material (and taking the theme of sheer to an uncomfortable level), 90 Degree by Reflex clothing is fashionable and durable. This cute tank top is great for running and yoga. The length is long enough so it does not bunch up during "downward facing dog" or other inverted poses. The cut and fabric keeps the shape intact regardless of your yoga practice (another positive for inverted poses) and running style. The sizing is true to size so there is no guess work in ordering the clothes online. For more information about their products, please visit www.90degreebyreflex.com.
After a harsh winter, I was really surprised that my peach tree is blossoming! Peach trees produce perfect flowers (male and female flowers). Therefore, a single peach tree will bear fruit. We expect our first peaches to arrive by May.
You may have heard how turtles choke to death because they often mistakenly eat plastic bags (thinking that they are jelly fish). Other animals are hurt by plastic waste, too. For example, this fledging albatross ate plastic pellets (unknowingly fed by his mother) until his stomach was filled with plastic and then starved to death.
There are many ways you can minimize your plastic use. For example, purchase stainless steel utensils for your kitchen (as opposed to plastic). Stainless steel utensils lasts longer and can be readily recyclable.
Electronics are often over packaged with plastic (to avert theft and for safe shipping). Contact your favorite electronic manufacturers and let them know that there are biodegradable packaging alternatives that they should use for their products.
Other countries have regulations that require manufacturers to incorporate product recycability into their product design. For example, in Japan, April 2013, the Act on Promotion of Recycling of Small Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment, manufacturers are legally obligated to incorporate recyclability into product design with the purpose of reducing costs associated with the recycling/reuse of resources
At the South Florida Museum, there is a great eco-friendly exhibit showing the amount of plastic and waste that are discarded. It is overwhelming how much plastic bags are still in use. Hawaii is the first state to ban the use of plastic bags. There may be other states that will soon follow suit. The average plastic bag is carried for less than 5 minutes before it is discarded. That is the average time it takes a shopper to exit the supermarket and load up their car. I leave reusable canvas shopping bags (at least four) in my trunk so I can have them for shopping.
The average American household has at least five canvas tote bags at home that can be used for shopping, but often forget to bring them to the store.
Eco-friendly activist trying to make more healthy eco-friendly choices for my family.