October 2, 2008


This week's feature meme is by Recycled Ideas an Etsy shop owner that sells really awesome handmade cards that are made of 100% recycled paper. As if handmade paper isn't cool enough for you these cards have seeds embeded in them that you can plant afterwards! The cards come in a variety of seeds including flowers and vegetables. Anyways, we asked Recycled Ideas to tell us "5 reasons they think everyone should make recycling a part of their daily lives" and here's what they came up with:

1. Recycle because it's the morally right thing to do for the the next generation. Converting waste into usable stuff means less is produced out of brand new materials and less ends up in the landfill. Most stuff that is thrown in the garbage can either be: a) re-used, b) recycled into something else, or - c) not even purchased in the first place. As much as recycling is helpful, it must be remembered that reducing consumption comes first. If everyone thought about what they *really* need, people would buy less stuff and have more left over for quality food, housing, health care and education.

2. Recycling or re-using things is a great way to save money. Many containers can be re-used, saving the need to buy petroleum-based storage. For instance, washed cottage cheese and yogurt containers make a great place to store bulk foods, craft supplies, you name it. Jam jars can be washed out and used as drinking glasses. Sock monkeys are very trendy right now and they were originally toys made during the era of the great depression out of socks and sweaters that became too holey to wear.

3. Recycling encourages investment in 'green' jobs. These jobs can replace blue collar manufacturing jobs that have been lost to cheap overseas labor. American ingenuity in finding new ways to recycle can reclaim those jobs or even replace them with higher paying ones that are more sustainable long-term.

4. Recycling is an action, that when developed as a habit, can lead to other actions that help make a greener future. Becoming more involved with recycling may lead to bringing your own cloth bags to the grocery store instead of relying on plastic, walking or biking instead of driving, and maybe even planting your own victory garden so food you eat doesn't require so much gasoline to transport it to your table.

5. Putting something in the recycling bin is as easy as putting something in the trash. Not every community has curbside recycling yet, I know, but if yours does, there is no reason not to use it. Not all recycleables are accepted curbside either, but most communities have a collection point for things not taken curbside. Our community doesn't take glass curbside, but the city fire department has collection points. We save up glass recycling to take to the fire department on our way to run other errands, that way we're not making an extra trip.

Now if you're reading this you've been tagged to play! So post up your "5 reasons why you think everyone should make recycling a part of your daily lives" and tag your friends to play!