Monday, October 29, 2012

Confessions of a recycling hoarder

 
One little fact about me, is that I'm quite the recycler. I try to be as environmentally conscious as I possibly can by recycling, reusing and being responsible with energy. The sound of water running and being wasted is like nails on a chalkboard for me, the sight of someone brushing their teeth while the faucet is running is like watching a horror movie! It's been said that only half of Americans recycle daily. I definitely don't belong to that half of Americans. In fact my recyclables take up a good amount of floor space in our kitchen, which thoroughly annoys Matt. Somehow he always manages to kick over a pile of empty milk jugs at 2am, and that pirate ship we built for Mally's birthday has taken his car's space in the garage for the past 2 months now because, "I'm waiting to recycle it." This morning, we finally gathered all of it together and made a trip to the recycling plant. Although, my floor may not see the light of day for very long, at least we know our household is doing what we can to help preserve our planet. To learn more on recycling, head over to Earth911.com
 
DID YOU KNOW...
Recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to keep a 100-watt light bulb lit for almost 4 hours
All those bags were stuffed into my cabinets,
and those are the infamous milk jugs that cause a ruckus at 2am
What we got rid of
 

The Things We Find Inside

20 comments:

  1. I chuckled inwardly when I read your post title. . .I have a little bit of this in me, mainly I think because growing up in Oregon (first state to introduce bottle deposits) no one ever threw away a can. I still remember picking up cans on walks to turn in for money at the grocery store.

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    1. That's interesting, I never knew that about Oregon.

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  2. I love it!!! I recycle as much as I possibly can. When I go out in public with a can or plastic bottle, I carry it with me to my car or a recycling bin instead of just throwing it away. I always tell my family to recycle everything! Good for you!

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    1. I do the same with the plastic bottles, I feel so guilty if I don't recycle things like that or even if I see someone else not recycling!

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  3. Very admirable. If just half of all Americans (not that we all shouldn't be doing it) would recycle more often, it would make a big difference.

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    1. I know it, or if everyone recycled 1 thing a day, it would do so much. People say that they don't recycle because it's too inconvenient. Whatever that means, ha ha.

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  4. I began recycling about 8 years ago when I met my husband, I grew up not even thinking about it. I think people are much more conscious about it now then they were when I was a kid, but it amazes me how many people still don't. I may or may not have a little problem with it gathering at my house as well ;) Maybe I need to do a little organization and post about it ;)
    Melissa

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    1. Yes, that would be lovely! I really need some inspiration on the organizaiton part... stuff's everywhere! Ha ha

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  5. Hahaha I totally have a pile of recyclables sitting next to the door right now. I can't bring myself to throw them away! Luckily, we have a recycling bin in our complex. If we had to drive the stuff somewhere...it would take a lot longer.

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    1. That would be so awesome if we had some sort of neighborhood recycling bin on our street. I know that would make it much easier on us.

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  6. Thanks for coming by my blog and following! I have returned the favor! I recycle...but my husband is the worst! He throws all kinds of recyclables in the garbage that I have to dig out! One of these days he will learn! Haha!!
    XOXO, Leslie

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    1. That is too funny, at least I know I am not the only one that digs through the trash to retrieve recyclables! Well, let me make it clear that it's our own trash :)

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  7. My husband collected a lot of beer cans and he made a solar panel for his redneck solar dehydrator. I wish I have a picture of it now, but it worked though. hehehe.. gotta love recycling. Have you also seen a DIY of how to make Capiz Inspired shell chandelier made out of empty milk galloons? Oh dear! Lovely. I think if I remember it right it was from Shoestring Pavillion blog or something like that.

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    1. Awesome!
      No, I will def have to check it out! Thanks for telling me :)

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