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How to Recycle Holiday Lights

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Got a burned-out string of lights? Or ones you don’t plan to use anymore? Not to worry, once again Earth911 has tips on how to handle tricky-to-recycle-things like holiday lights. Their advice: if the string of lights in question is still working, you may want to sell or trade them online, or donate them to a thrift store, or dedicate them to another project in some way before sending them to a recycling facility.

However, if they’re truly kaput, you can send them to HolidayLEDS where they will be broken down and “sorted into the various components that make up the lights (pvc, glass, copper.)” In exchange for your defunct lights, HolidayLEDS offers a 25% off coupon good for new holiday lights, or anything else on their site. Nice incentive!

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Written by jmalsky

December 29, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Grand Canyon Plastic Bottle Ban Gaining Strength

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Nobody likes to see a heap of litter in the middle of one of the seven natural wonders of the world! Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) beneficiaries agree, so on 1 January 2011 they began an effort to ban plastic bottles, which “are ‘the single biggest source of trash’ found inside the canyon” according to this article by Earth911. The ban was proposed by former GCNP superintendent Stephen Martin, but was put on the back-burner before its scheduled start date by US National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis.

Although no explanation has been given for the ban’s delay, The New York Times discovered the delay has something to do with the fact that Coca-Cola, which distributes bottled water under the brand name Dasani, has donated over $13 million to national parks – making the National Park Service reluctant to follow through with the ban.

Supporters of the ban have taken things into their own hands to rid the park of single-use, disposable bottles. A petition of 90,000+ bottle-ban advocates is alive and growing. Want to get involved? You can sing the petition to Mr. Jarvis to ban bottles from the Grand Canyon National Park by clicking here.

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Written by jmalsky

December 2, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Want to Raise Chickens? Things to Consider

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Thinking of getting some chickens for your backyard or garden? As with all things, there are pros and cons to consider. Having lots of yummy fresh eggs is such a wonderful treat, but before you put up your coop, determine whether raising chickens is right for you.

From legal restrictions to space requirements to weather factors, there are lots of things to take into consideration. But not to worry, for those of you who can’t keep feathered friends, in.gredients will have your back. When we open, you can count on us for delicious, responsibly-raised local eggs!

(image: Earth911)

Written by jmalsky

November 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Can You Recycle Halloween Decorations?

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Sure, your best option is to reuse your Halloween decorations…but what if your scary stuff’s worn to threads? Earth 911 offers great advice on how to proceed sustainably – have a look!

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Written by Brian Nunnery

November 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Are Your Recyclables Being Sent to the Landfill?

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Earth 911 posted this insightful exposé last month, claiming that while some of the City of Chicago’s recycled material “found its way to a new life,” much of it was actually too “contaminated with broken glass and food residue (organics), rendering the stuff useless,” and in the end was sent to the landfill.

The story raises important questions re: the effectiveness of single-stream recycling programs, and sheds light on a bigger issue to all manners of recycling: collection versus actual recovery. Much of our data about recycling, the author notes, tracks materials collected “from the curb,” not materials diverted from landfills.

While we can indeed work together to refine our recycling systems, we can also work together to promote reusing before recycling – a philosophy in.gredients is attempting to introduce to consumers. Reduce, reuse, then recycle!

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Written by Brian Nunnery

August 16, 2011 at 10:50 am

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