Earth Day Everyday
Commonly Disgarded Items That Can Be Recycled
By, Sabrina Aguilar
Earth Day is a very special occasion that many people look forward to every year. It's celebrated on April 22nd and serves as an important reminder of how essential it is to preserve our planet and strive for sustainability. In a world where environmental issues are becoming more pressing, it's crucial to act and do our part in making positive changes. By celebrating Earth Day, we can take a step back and reflect on our actions and habits, as well as focus on ways to make a meaningful impact on the environment.
Recycling is a common practice for a lot of families, especially big ones. While most of us are aware of the typical materials that can be recycled, such as plastic, paper, and aluminum cans, there are many other items in our homes that we may not realize can be recycled.
Many of us have old cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices lying around our homes that we no longer use. Rather than letting them collect dust in a drawer, consider recycling them. Some electronics manufacturers offer recycling programs for their products, and there are also third-party services that will recycle your old electronics for you.
Mattresses are bulky and take up a lot of space in landfills, so recycling them can make a big difference. Mattresses are made up of materials such as foam, metal springs, and fabric, all of which can be recycled!
Batteries are often not recycled because a lot of us may not know where to recycle them. But what people usually don’t know is that they should definitely be recycled because they can release harmful chemicals into the environment if not disposed of properly.
Clothing Dryer Sheets
Did you know that those little sheets you toss in the dryer to make your clothes smell fresh can actually be recycled? Yup, it's true! Many dryer sheets are made of recyclable materials, like paper and synthetic fabrics.
Toilet Paper Rolls
It's easy to overlook toilet paper rolls for recycling, especially when we're already annoyed with the task of changing the toilet roll. However, recycling toilet paper rolls is an easy and effective way to reduce waste and conserve resources. Cardboard and paperboard materials used in toilet paper rolls can be recycled and reused to create new products!
Check if your local waste management program recycles lightbulbs, if not, consider using online services like LightRecycle to send your bulbs for recycling. It's easy and convenient!
Did you know that the plastic from every toothbrush you've ever used is still on this earth? It can take centuries for plastic to break down, so those old toothbrushes don't just disappear... I know kinda scary to think about! Some cities have special recycling centers that take all kinds of plastic items, including toothbrushes. Additionally, you can recycle toothpaste tubs as well!
Don't toss your empty ink cartridges in the trash! They can actually be recycled, and it's easy to do. Recycling cartridges help keep plastic and metal out of landfills, and it's a simple way to do your part in taking care of the environment.
The different parts of glasses, like the lenses, frames, and nose pads, can all be repurposed. Or even better, you can donate them to people in need, which is a wonderful way to give back to your community.
Do you have piles of shredded paper lying around in your office? Don't throw it away - it's actually recyclable! And guess what? There are some pretty cool uses for shredded paper, too! Some companies turn it into eco-friendly packaging materials or animal bedding.
Earth Day falls on April 22nd! Let's make a difference EVERY DAY by recycling items we might normally throw away.
By, Sabrina Aguilar In-house writer and Marketing Strategist for WellnessRE & HealthyHOME Magazines