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Recycle001.svgI can’t be the only person in my town interested in recycling plastic bags and wrap. In fact, I know that I am not. If you want to start a program in your town, like I want to start in my town, Plastic Film Recycling has a great step-by-step plan called the RoadMap to WRAP.

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So I’m trying to find a place to recycle plastic that cannot go into my curbside recycling bin. I’m having a hard time, and maybe you are too. Here’s what I’ve found:

At Plastic Film Recycling, I can recycle the following things.

Please recycle only clean, dry plastic bags and film. Remove receipts or any other items from bags.

Examples include:how-2recycle

  • Retail, carryout, produce, newspaper, bread, and dry cleaning bags (clean, dry and free of receipts and clothes hangers)
  • Zip-top food storage bags (clean and dry)
  • Plastic shipping envelopes (remove labels), bubble wrap and air pillows (deflate)
  • Product wrap on cases of water/soda bottles, paper towels, napkins, disposable cups, bathroom tissue, diapers, and female sanitary products
  • Furniture and electronic wrap
  • Plastic cereal box liners (but if it tears like paper, do not include)
  • Any film packaging or bag that has the How2Recycle Label shown at right

I really try to not buy these things, but I do sometimes buy paper towels and toilet paper wrapped in plastic as well as cases of prescription dog food wrapped in plastic. And I have my suits dry cleaned sometimes. So this will be helpful to me, though I won’t be recycling lots of items. I first choose “reduce and refuse” over “recycling.”

There is a location drop off finder at the website as well. I am reducing my waste. Hope you’ll do the same!

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I received my bracelet in return for one pound of plastic removed from the ocean. And it’s pretty too. Learn more about the movement, the bracelet, and how you can help at http://www.4ocean.com. They sent me a thank you note, but I say THANK YOU to 4ocean. #4ocean

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pexels-photo-983988.jpegOn Earth Day, my seven year old daughter and I did a roadside clean up in our small town. Looking around, as you drive down the roads of this idyllic place, you wouldn’t guess that there was so much litter hidden under the leaves and grasses. It was surprising to me. Most of the litter was food and drink containers, especially alcoholic beverages. That’s disturbing on two levels. First, clearly there are lots of people drinking while driving, and disposing of the evidence out the windows of their cars. That’s dangerous. Second, some people care very little about themselves, others, and the environment.

Clearly, we need a paradigm shift so that people care. What is the underlying issue that leads people to not care? What do you think? Or is it something else? Is it just too difficult to care? There’s too many other things to think about, to manage, to accomplish, to handle? Either way, we need to make it easier to care — for ourselves, others, and our earth. (more…)

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As we near Earth Day — tomorrow, pexels-photo-704979.jpegApril 22, 2018 — I’m thinking about how I can make a bigger impact than just in my own home. If everyone made the same changes I’ve made, then the world would have much less plastic pollution going forward. But these changes have been really hard, and not everyone has the time, money, energy, or motivation to make the changes. What we need is a paradigm shift, so that reducing use of single-use plastics is easy.

I’m thinking about plastic straws and cutlery. I’d like to help the restaurants in my town not offer plastic straws and cutlery. Or at least only give them if specifically requested. Instead, straws and cutlery made from paper, bamboo or wood would be the norm.

I think it will take: education, product options, and political support. In my small town, there are three cafes, one pizza place, one deli, one sushi restaurant, and two full-service restaurants. That’s only 8 places. I’m putting together a plan. I’ll share it as it develops and keep you posted on how it’s going. Let me know your thoughts!

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Earth Day is just three days away: Sunday, April 22, 2018. This Earth Day is dedicated to reducing plastic litter and pollution. I’ve been taking the less plastic challenge for the last month, trying to not bring any single-use plastic into my house. I haven’t been 100% successful, but I’ve reduced my plastic pollution significantly, and that’s a step in the right direction.

city-sky-boardwalk-urban.jpgAs we approach Earth Day, I am thinking about additional activities that will help reduce plastic litter. One good idea is to participate in a litter clean-up. My town of Washington, CT is having a town-wide roadside clean up. And we (my daughter and I, and some of our friends) are going to participate and pick up litter along our street. We will recycle any recyclable items that we find, and throw away the non-recyclable items. It’s not a perfect solution, but it does help.

Even if your town is not conducting a town-wide roadside clean up, you can still do it. Grab some friends, some gloves, and some bags, and head out to collect the litter you see. You can start with your own street, or the main street in your town or city, or a local park. Call your mayor’s or selectman’s office, or your parks department, and ask them if there is a particular place that needs clean up.

 

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This is what can happen to my daughter’s hair if we don’t brush with detangler every day.

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We have a wet brush and a fancy curve detangler brush, and they work well, but good conditioner and an effective detangler are also essential. And I was running out of it. Or course, nearly all of it comes in plastic. So rather than search and search, I opted to make my own.

Here’s how:

  • One part olive oil
  • One part apple cider vinegar
  • Two parts filtered water
  • 10 drops lavendar essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil

Pour all ingredients into the plastic bottle I already have for the last bottle of store-bought detangler. Voila! Less expensive and I have all those ingredients at home.

Make less rather than more because it doesn’t have preservatives in it. And always shake before using.

 

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