Wednesday, November 14, 2007

America Recycles Day- November 15th

November 15th is America Recycles day! Pictured to the right is one of my upcycled (or recycled) Kimono remnant books that will soon be on Etsy for your purchasing pleasure. Myself and several members of the Bookbinding Etsy Street Team (BEST) offer great books made with recycled materials. Find our books with the tag "bestbooks" to find recycled books use "bestbooks recycled".

The EPA has some simple suggestions on how everyone can make a difference!
1. Buy recycled products. When we buy recycled products, we create an economic incentive for recyclable materials to be collected, manufactured, and marketed as new products.

2. Purchase durable, long lasting goods.

3. Re-use items by repairing them, donating them to charity and community groups, or selling them also reduces waste.

4. Use a product more than once, either for the same purpose or for a different purpose. Reusing, when possible, is preferable to recycling because the item does not need to be reprocessed before it can be used again.

5. Reduce your packaging: buy bulk or concentrated products when you can.

6. Another form of recycling is composting. Composting is the controlled biological decomposition of organic matter, such as food and yard wastes, into humus, a soil-like material. Composting is nature's way of recycling organic wastes into new soil used in vegetable and flower gardens, landscaping, and many other applications.

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