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Recycle by Mail

There are now more recycling options than ever for conscious consumers looking to responsibly dispose of unwanted stuff. Many of us have access to curbside recycling for the basics and several retailers offer convenient take-back programs.     

Stop Junk Mail and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Each person receives about 41 pounds of junk mail per year and spends about 70 hours each year dealing with junk mail. Junk mail destroys 100 million trees every year, and some of the junk paper can't be recycled because of toxic inks. When you stop junk mail at the source, you're saving time and trees.

Junk Mail as it Affects You:

  • More than 4 million tons (62,000,000,000 (billion) pieces) of junk mail are produced yearly. 

Where to Recycle Electronics

Computers, cell phones, game players — we upgrade and toss out the old ones fast. But these gadgets can't go into the garbage because they're filled with toxic materials. Many manufacturers and retailers are starting to take their electronics back, so you don't have to deal with it. Or find a responsible recycler near you.

Where to start:

EPA Finalizes Rule for Shipping Emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a rule setting tough engine and fuel standards for large U.S.-flagged ships.

The regulation harmonizes with international standards and will lead to significant air quality improvements throughout the country.

10 Ways to Make Your Business Environmentally Friendly

Operating a green business is not only good for the environment but good for your business's bottom line because conserving resources and cutting down on waste saves money. The good news is that whether you run a home-based business or an off-site enterprise, there are simple things you can do to run an environmentally friendly business.

What You Should Know About Products That Are Still Being Made With Asbestos

You probably know that asbestos is dangerous. It can cause diseases such as mesothelioma, a deadly lung cancer, and asbestosis, a debilitating disease that interferes with breathing.
You may have heard that asbestos is banned in the United States, but it isn’t.  It is still being used in some kinds of flooring and roofing materials; in some automobile parts, such as brake pads; in some fireproof clothing; and in a number of other products. Should this be a concern?

Junk Mail Produces as Much CO2 as 9 Million Cars

A report by the group ForestEthics estimates that destroying forests to make paper for junk mail releases as much greenhouse gas pollution as 9 million cars.
Another way to look at it: Junk mail produces as much pollution as seven U.S. states combined, or as much as heating 13 million homes each winter.
While the estimates may or may not be accurate, the point is indisputable: Junk mail is a waste. (To most people, it's an annoying part of the trip to the mailbox, anyway.)

10 Eco-Friendly Recycling Tips

Whether doing major spring cleaning or just sorting through old business supplies, occasionally, we all run into a recycling stumper—crayons, foam peanuts, old VHS tapes? Good grief. The more obscure an item, the harder it is for us to resist throwing it out the easy way—in the trash can. But the truth is we really are doing ourselves (and our planet!) a big favor by repurposing used parts and pieces. So, the next time clutter is being banished from the house or business, refer to this list of wacky recycling tips. We promise it really is useful.

House Gives Green Light to Federal Green Schools Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a $6.4 billion school modernization bill, The 21st Century Green High Performing Public School Facilities Act, (H.R. 2187),  that would pay for energy efficiency in new school construction and school modernization projects. The measure passed overwhelmingly, 275-155 (mostly along party lines) as is now with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Fossil Fuel Use: An "Urgent" National Security Threat

A dozen retired senior military officers have come out with a report calling the way we use energy an “urgent” national security threat to the U.S.