more about: recycling

Don’t Ditch that Halloween Costume Just Yet!

Even though Halloween is now done for another year. Don’t toss your child’s costume quite yet. If you have the storage space, save it until next year and participate in the National Costume Swap Day (usually in early October). If half of the kids in the U.S. had participated this year, 6,250 tons of landfill waste could have been avoided.

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How to Recycle Eyeglasses

Whether you have prescription glasses or sunglasses that you no longer wear, don’t just ditch them. Instead, donate them to someone who can’t afford lenses on their own. There are two organizations that will take your old glasses off your hands: New Eyes for the Needy: Simply mail your old glasses to their offices, and they will donate them to […]

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What is Your Favorite Way to Reuse Plastic Bags?

The plastic bag is the MVP of multitaskers here at Real Simple. We’ve used them for everything from funnels to packing materials to knee pads. (Yes, that last one might qualify for the what-were-we-thinking category.)

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How to Recycle Aluminum Foil

Here’s an easy tip for your Friday night. Aluminum foil, once you’re done using it to it’s fullest potential (check out some new uses for it here) can be recycled with along with your soda cans. Just make sure you clean it off before tossing it in the recycling bin.

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Eco-Find: Pens Made from Recycled Water Bottles

What can’t they make from recycled water bottles these days? One of the latest things to come out are these fun pens from Pilot:

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New Use for Soda Cans via The DIY Home Sweet Home Project

Buying mini cookie cutters for making things like homemade goldfish or other bite-size treats can get expensive. Luckily, you can use an empty, clean soda can to make your own shapes following the steps on The DIY Home Sweet Home Project blog.

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Keep reading to see the basic steps.

 

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How to Recycle Envelopes

If you work in an office or have an office at home, you likely have a variety of envelopes floating around. Some of them can just be tossed in the recycling bin, and some require one extra step.

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Keep reading to find out how to handle each type of envelope.

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How to Recycle Crayons

If you have kids (or nieces and nephews) chances are you have an old box or two of crayons stashed somewhere in your home. Even if they are too worn down and broken to donate to a day care center or women’s shelter, you can still recycle them.

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Keep reading to find out how to recycle your crayons.

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Easy to Recycle: Preserve Toothbrushes

You may or may not be familiar with the company Preserve, which makes everything  from toothbrushes and razors to picnic plates and food storage containers from recycled yogurt cups. In addition to making all of their products from recycled materials, you can also return their toothbrushes, razors, plates, and etc. to the company to be recycled.

And the process for the toothbrushes has just gotten even easier. Take a look at their packaging:

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Keep reading to see the back, and what makes it so easy to recycle.

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