Reuse and recycle to celebrate Earth Month
Earth Day is April 22, but why not celebrate the whole month?
One great way to help the planet is to do your part in recycling. According to Rethink Recycling, recycling benefits the environment and our Minnesota community by helping to:
- Use less energy—one recycled aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours.
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions—Minnesota’s recycling efforts are equivalent to taking 1.3 million cars off the road.
- Save natural resources—one ton of recycled paper saves 7,000 gallons of water.
- Create jobs—more than 36,000 jobs in Minnesota are involved with recycling.
Since what you can recycle, and how you should recycle varies by city and county, the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board created a single website for the six-county Twin Cities metro area that provides links to recycling resources for residents and businesses, or by county. Look up what to do with your yogurt containers, unwanted medications, old TVs, and everything in between!
In addition to recycling, there are loads of creative ideas out there for how to reuse some of the more common household materials:
- Apartment Therapy suggests uses for bread tags and glass food jars.
- Buzzfeed gathered 19 ideas for repurposing food and drink containers.
- Instructables has compiled a gallery of ideas for reusing plastic bottles. The site also includes an easy tutorial on how to store plastic shopping bags for easy repeat use—keep them in your purse or car, and be sure to ask the stores where you shop if they give any kind of credit if you bring bags to reuse.
- Real Simple has an extensive list of new uses for old things, including reusing ketchup bottles to squirt pancake batter and using an old tissue box as a dispenser for plastic shopping bags.