Going green doesn't have to be a complete lifestyle change, of course, it certainly can be. Trying to do one or two small things on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis can help your community, and ultimately the world.
In our household, we're trying our best to be on top of recycling any material we possibly can. We've even purchased a larger bin to help contain some of the recycled items as we found we ended up throwing more things in the trash once our bins were topped off. Of course this makes us cringe every time we do it, but was felt to be of necessity, as storage is at a premium in our garage. We've got a memo on our family bulletin board that shows all the items our trash service will pick up, and it helps encourage our kids to be self sufficient and aid in the recycling process. We're not 100% perfect recyclers, but we're doing our best!
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We use a 32 gallon trashcan on wheels and end up filling it up each week. Figure out what your household recycling needs are and find a bin that suites just over that capacity to ensure a hearty recycling effort!
|Publix Recycling Bins|
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The last thing we've begun paying more attention to, to live a greener lifestyle, are purchasing items made from recycled goods. More and more items of all types are being created using some or all recycled materials. Paper goods, office supplies, apparel, and even sports equipment has found a way to embark on sustainable manufacturing and it's quite impressive to see. Below are some items we've recently come across that happen to be great examples (that we would have never guessed) of consumer goods made from recycled materials.
|New Era makes hats from 74% recycled cotton|
photo courtsey of Miamistreetwear.com
|Beats headphones are made from 31% recycled goods|
photo courtsey of limitemagazine.com
|Reynolds aluminum foil is made from 100% recycled aluminum|
photo courtsey of examiner.com