Here at Bum Boosa we love to: recycle, reuse and reduce! There are a number of items we recycle on a regular basis but recently we found out there is so much more. Therefore, we want to share our new found knowledge with you guys – and mark your calendars – America Recycles Day occurs on November 15th.
1. Wine corks Cork is actually biodegradable and although wine corks are perhaps not the most vexing of items to warrant recycling, in the big picture, they really are! In the U.S. we consume more than 850 million gallons of wine, you realize that the corks can really start to add up… I know they do in our home! Luckily you can send your corks to Recork.org, who will take them off your hands to create new products and so far 49,005,027 corks have been sent to them. Alternatively, you could try your hands at creating some DIY coasters!
2. Bras Let’s face it, ladies: the back of your underwear drawer is most likely a graveyard of bras you don’t wear anymore or that never fit right in the first place. Bras aren’t generally the kind of clothing we women toss in the “to donate” pile. But Free the Girls have partnered with safe houses and after-care facilities, and provide an opportunity for women rescued from sex trafficking to earn a living selling second-hand clothing while going to school, getting healthy, and caring for their families.
3. Crayons Yes, you can recycle crayons! 120,000 pounds of crayons are produced each day in this country. Landfills could become amazingly colorful. Fear not, the National Crayon Recycle Program will recycle your unwanted, rejected and broken crayons and recycle them into new crayons! So far, this program has made it possible to stop more than 94,000 pounds of unwanted crayons from going into landfills!
4. Bicycles Rather than throwing your old two-wheelers out to pasture why not donate them to Bikes of the World which collects, refurbishes and donates bikes to lower-income individuals and select institutions in developing countries. So far 94070 bicycles have been recycled but over 15 million bicycles in the U.S. are thrown away each year! Help Bikes of the World to enhance people’s lives and livelihoods through better transport.
5. Bike Tools and Gear Like Bikes of the World, Bikes Not Bombs takes bicycle bits, pieces, and gear in addition to the bikes themselves. They accept parts, tools, broken components such as cracked frames, worn tires, tubes with holes, helmets, bags, lights, pumps, locks, cycle clothing, etc. They restore bikes and gear, and deliver them overseas to economic development projects in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
6. Tennis Balls Why not use your old tennis balls to help move clothes around the dryer faster or on bottoms of chairs and walkers. Although, there is a limit to how many balls each year can be put to this purpose. And, even if reused, ultimately these balls still remain in the waste stream and wind up in landfills. Project Green Ballis a non-profit sustainability initiative to coordinate innovative recycling programs for used tennis balls and to donate surfaces based on the recycled balls to organizations servicing people with disabilities or life threatening diseases.
7. Apple Products Apple is committed to supporting our customers and protecting the environment throughout the product lifecycle. Apple’s free recycling program makes it easy for you to safely and affordably recycle your used computer, iPod, or mobile phone.
8. Glasses New Eyes for the Needy and The Lions Club collect old glasses, and recycle them to make new pairs for those living in developing nations who need correction but can’t afford new specs! Imagine if you could help a child read. An adult succeed in his job. A senior maintain her independence. Everyday these recycled eyeglass programs do all of this and more.
9. Athletic shoes Worn out, tired, smelly running shoes are most generally directed to the trash. That’s a lot of sneakers stinking up the landfill! Why not introduce your old shoes to Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe recycling bins. Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe takes worn out athletic shoes and grinds them down to create a new material called Nike Grind, which is used to make high-quality sports surfaces including courts, turf fields, tracks and more.
10. Bum Boosa Packaging Given that soft baby wipes packaging is not easy to recycle because it is made using a mixed resin plastic, also known as Plastic No. 7, or “other” plastics, Bum Boosa Bamboo Products has previously offered an incentive program for its direct customers to send back their empty baby wipes packaging to be repurposed into new tote bags, but now we aim to expand the program to include retailer participation. This program allows customers to deposit their empty baby wipes packaging to the store in exchange for a coupon that can be applied to their next Bum Boosa Bamboo Baby Wipes purchase. The packaging will be sent back to Bum Boosa® where designers will use the material to make upcycled products, which will be sold on our Etsy page.
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Contributed by Author David Russell