Trash that litters ocean floor is mostly recyclables
More than half of the plastic items were bags, many wrapped around coral.
good god if this works will someone let me know?!
Making use out of chipped and otherwise harmful and useless mugs. Great for gifting and a kitchen herb garden. Don’t forget to drill a hole in the bottom!
Brilliant! And a great addition to the “beverage carton-repurposing” idea file.
Spotted on Facebook, on the Grow Food, Not Lawns community gardening page here. (If you’re aware of the original source, please tell us — I wasn’t able to track it down.)
I always enjoy coming across reuse ideas on sites where I don’t expect to find such things … like Buzzfeed! But this post about what to do with pizza boxes is pretty cool:
So you can’t recycle them and they don’t fit in your trash can. Earn a few extra karma points with the earth by making these practical projects.
Here they are: 15 Awesome Things You Can Make With A Stupid Pizza Box
Everyone is familiar with the vending machine that spits out a can of coke or a bag of Skittles.
However, if you like cold, hard cash better than the cold, hard candy, here is another dispenser you might be interested in - the Reverse Vending Machine, which rewards users coins in exchange for their empty plastic bottles.
Too wicked, that’s a reward system people can get behind!
Doug Rice of Marketing Mediator reports:
Jesse Catlin of Washington State University Tri-Cities and Yitong Wang of Tsinghua University suggest that the option of recycling may lead consumers to use more resources than they would otherwise use when there is no option of recycling available. Their proposition is the result of two experiments conducted at a university in the western United States–one a laboratory experiment and the other a field experiment
The authors conclude that the findings agree with much other research on the unintended consequences of recycling programs. Other studies have shown that people engage in “green” behaviors to alleviate guilt and justify subsequent non–”green” behaviors. For example, someone who recycles may rationalize taking a higher-pollution mode of transportation. The authors conclude that consumers use recycling as a “get-out-of-jail-free card,” enabling them to use as many resources they please as long as they recycle the waste.
REAL-WORLD IMPLICATIONS This study has major implications for consumers, policy makers, and “green” marketers. Recycling may not be as harmless of an environmentally-friendly endeavor as we may think. Because we subconsciously justify using more materials when recycling options are available, we end up demanding more energy usage in the production of those additional resources. The additional production of materials we feel justified in using indiscreetly takes a toll on the environment as well.
“Green” marketers, it would seem, have the upper hand on this one. As long as consumers use recycling as a justification to use more resources, producers of “recyclable” products are likely to sell more of those products.
As consumers, if we truly want to have a positive impact on the environment, we need to recognize that recycling should not be used as a license for greater and more careless consumption. If we want to save the planet, we will pay just as much attention to how much materials we are using in total as we do to the amount that we are recycling.
Policy makers need to be aware of the negative unintended consequences of recycling in the form of increased resource usage. In addition to recycling programs, initiatives related to reducing total usage of resources might also be worth considering.
While we’ve highlighted some creative new uses for parts of “dead” umbrellas (our umbrella-related posts are grouped here), this idea’s new to us:
Combine an umbrella frame with one or more strings of icicle lights to yield some pretty unique lighting.
For earlier lighting-related posts, browse the Unconsumption Tumblr archive here.
Beautiful Birds Made From Recycled Metal Scraps