Fact Friday: Aluminum Cans

Aluminum can

  • Aluminum is the third most abundant element in the Earth’s crust.
  • It is known as a sustainable metal: with two-thirds of aluminum ever produced still in use to this day.
  • Aluminum takes around 200-500 years to fully degrade in a landfill.
  • One ton of recycled aluminum saves 10 cubic yards of landfill space.
  • The aluminum can you recycled today will be back on the shelf as a new can at the grocery store in 60 days.
  • Aluminum beverage cans are 100% recyclable.
  • Every minute 105,800 aluminum cans are recycled in America.
  • The average aluminum can contains more than 50% post-consumer recycled aluminum.
  • We throw away enough aluminum cans every 3 months to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet.
  • It’s estimated that over the past 20 years, we have trashed more than 11 million tons of aluminum beverage cans. That’s worth over $12 billion in today’s market!
  • Recycling aluminum takes 95% less energy than creating aluminum from raw materials.

 

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What is Sustainable Living?

Sustainable Sustainable living has become a hot trend nowadays with a lot of people worldwide changing their lifestyles in order to improve themselves, their community and their environment. You’ve probably heard about sustainable living at some point in your life but never really bothered into searching or figuring out what it actually is. Well in case you didn’t know, sustainable living is having a lifestyle that uses as few of our earth’s resources as possible, causing the least amount of environmental damage for the future generations to come.

Living a greener lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to drastically change your life or spend a lot of money but by changing small things around your house you will help reduce your carbon footprint. Here are some ways on having a more sustainable life.

Get rid of the paper towels and use washable cloths, not only will you save money but washable cloths are a more efficient way of cleaning and better for the environment. Remember; let’s keep unnecessary waste out of our landfills!

Replace your old light bulbs with energy efficient LED or CFLs. While the CFLs light bulb can take a few seconds to a minute to fully kick start they use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs. LED light bulbs save you energy and money; they can last up to 10 years!

Visit your local farmers market and buy locally! Believe it not we are wasting and burning fossil fuels transporting food from a farm to a grocery store. Buying locally is not only healthier but you are supporting your local farmers and community.

Why take the car when you can walk or ride a bicycle? Reduce your own carbon footprint by taking a stroll or riding your bike to your destination instead of driving your car. Now you can find bike rentals throughout many cities! Also many cities are building more bike and walking trails for everyone to enjoy!

Conserve your resources! Save electricity by turning off the lights whenever you leave a room and turn off the TV if you’re not paying attention to it! Also unplug all items not in use, even if you aren’t using them they’re still taking up energy! Make sure your faucet isn’t leaking and save water when you’re washing the dishes or brushing your teeth!

Don’t forget the three most important Rs: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! You can also search up more ways on reducing your carbon footprint online!

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Facts On Why Super Bowl XLVIII Will Be The ‘Greenest Super Bowl Ever’

METLIFE

  • In 2009, MetLife Stadium signed a Memorandum of Understanding pledging to become an environmental steward by implementing green initiatives that would reduce its carbon footprint to help improve our planet’s environment.
  • Has reduced the use of energy, water and solid waste production by aggressive recycling programs, low flow faucets, toilets and waterless urinals in restrooms, food composting, and mass transit alternatives.
  • In 2012, MetLife Stadium reduced its carbon footprint by 250,650 Metric Ton Carbon Dioxide Equivalent.
  • Became the first Certified Green Restaurant stadium.
  • The stadium staff and the NFL have pledged to recycle plastics, glass, aluminum and paper during and after the sporting event.
  • All waste oil from the food production will be converted into biodiesel and all food scraps will be composted.
  • Styrofoam containers will not be used.
  • They will also be donating all leftover food.
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You don’t have to be a Seahawks fan to enjoy these GREEN Super Bowl XL VIII Party Ideas

footballThis graphic was from 2013 Super Bowl game in New Orleans.

Invitations

Go paperless this year and send your invitations through email or create an event on Facebook, its free! You can also go on evite or punchbowl, they have free online invitations you can browse and if you want to splurge a bit they also have more creative invites your pay for. All you have to do is just create an invitation, add your guests and send it, it’s that easy!

Pizza

Let’s talk about pizza. It’s delicious and glorious and a football game party without pizza is not a party. We all know we can recycle cardboard but did you know that because of the grease of the pizza it’s hard to recycle pizza cardboard boxes? You can tear off the top clean part of the cardboard box and recycle that but the bottom greased up part is a big no. This year try out your awesome cooking skills and make a pizza! You can find various recipes online and even make a football shaped pizza for your guests!

Buy eco-friendly plates and cups this year! Don’t forget to recycle your beer bottles! Even with the lime you can still recycle them!

Recycle

Label your trash and recycling bins individually to make it easier for your guests to know where to throw their waste. Have designated areas around your home for the bins whether it be inside and outside our just solely inside.

Repurpose

Paint tin cans and use them to hold your cutlery and if your making popcorn, give your guest decorated glass jars so they can fill them up with delicious popcorn! Look around you, you can probably find some interesting things to reuse to decorate for the party. Go to online sites like Pinterest for nifty ideas on how to repurpose your old stuff!

Check out Dolphin Blue’s Eco-friendly Preserve Products!

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Are You Going To Recycle That Water Bottle?

FactFriday 1Here are some surprising facts about water bottles you probably didn’t know about.

  • Plastic water bottles take around 450 years to 1000 years to decompose.
  • We have about 2 million tons of water bottles in our landfills.
  • The making of the bottles to meet our demands uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually.
  • Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year, yet the U.S. recycling rate is only 23%.
  • Nearly half of all bottled water is reprocessed tap water.
  • Some bottles might be contaminated and cause health problems.

Go green and ditch plastic water bottles.

  • Water pitcher filters are as efficient as 300 standard 16.9 ounce bottles. They filter about 240 gallons of water a year for about .19 cents a day.
  • Tap water goes through more regulation than bottled waters since tap water is regulated by the EPA and water bottles are regulated by the FDA. It’s cleaner and cheaper.
  • Buy BPA free bottles for when you’re on the go, they’re reusable and can last you for years.

If you just can’t part ways with your water bottles then recycle. Don’t forget, when you recycle plastic, you’re helping save energy, oil and landfill space.

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Infographic Monday: What is post-consumer recycled?

Friday 10, JanuaryPost-consumer recycled is when a material or product has served its intended use and has avoided or has been recovered from a landfill. It helps avoid using natural resources such as forests and strengthens the market for recycled products.

Dolphin Blue sells products with up to 100% post-consumer recycled content. Remember the more PCR content a product has, the better it is for the environment!

 

 

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How To Get Organized This 2014

Wednesday, Jan 8Being organized isn’t easy. It takes time and energy to maintain an organized environment. Taking some time out of your schedule to organize all your paperwork and items can improve your productivity. Keeping your line of sight organized will help you stay focused on your daily/weekly tasks. Here are some tips on staying organized wherever your workplace may be.

  • Make a daily/weekly list

Invest your time wisely. Set aside 20 minutes before you start your day and 20 minutes after you have completed your day for organization. Make a list of things and schedules you plan to do that day before you start working and check them off by the end of the day. Make sure to keep your days/weeks planned and organized by having a handy calendar, whether it’s an app or a wall calendar, use it. It might seem like a burden when you start but once you get yourself into the habit you’ll realize you’re saving yourself time and unnecessary stress. Schedule when you check your email, constantly checking your email distracts you and your flow of work. If you are able to, check your email 3 times a day, when you arrive, lunchtime and before you leave.

  • Make your office space work for you

Keeping your workspace clean and tidy will keep you on track with your daily tasks. When you have a messy desk, it will distract you. You should keep the most important items and information and recycle or throw away everything else. Keep a handy shredder in your office to dispose of used up paper. Use a binder with dividers to keep reports, presentations and important papers organized. Don’t forget to return any item you have used to where you got it from. If you’re still not sure on how to effectively start organizing your desk area, ask for help. Look around and see how your coworkers maintain an organized environment.

To help reduce a carbon footprint when buying paper and office supplies it’s really important to look out for the Post Consumer Recyclable percentage. Most companies are as low as 10% but claim to be PCR. If ever in doubt just ask – most companies who focus on PCR will know what percentage is in their paper products. One brand we love is House of Doolittle. They have a PCR of 100% and is 100% American Made. Not only are you helping to keep jobs in our country but you’ll also be preventing unnecessary trees being cut down and reducing recyclable material ending up in our landfills.

  • Repurpose what you have

Before throwing anything away, look around and see if you can use it for something else.  A coat rack can be used to hold your jewelry, a match box can become your travel sized sewing kit and you can place plastic bags inside a tissue box to make it a plastic bag holder. Donate any item you have no use for, it might not be useful to you but it can be useful for someone else.

Free Apps available for both Apple and Android.

Here are some apps that we couldn’t live without. They are easy to use and have the ability to sync up to your computer.

Evernote

Doit.im

Google Calendar

Remember the milk

Check out Dolphin Blue’s Office Supplies for our Recyclable Binders, File Cabinets, Filing & Storage and our Recycled Desk Organizers! Also check out our Daily Planners/Calendars, they’re made from 100% Post-Consumer Recycled fiber and are printed with soy ink!

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

Real Christmas trees are biodegradable; they can be reused or recycled for mulch, sand and soil erosion barriers and are placed in ponds for fishes to use as shelter. Here are some great recycling options for your real Christmas tree.

Drop off Recycling Centers:  It’s no charge and you can usually take up to two trees to a drop-off location. Some centers might charge commercial/business drop offs depending on load length. Drop off centers require that you remove all tinsel, ornaments, lights, nails and tree stands before dropping off your tree.

Curbside Pick-up: Most cities will collect trees during the two weeks following Christmas. Some curbside programs might have a certain size limit along with requiring you to remove all ornaments from the tree. Flocked and artificial trees will not be accepted.

Mulching Programs: The Mulching Programs shred the trees, turning them into mulch to use in gardens. Check your local department of public works for more information.

Nonprofit Pick-up: You can call a local nonprofit organization to pick up your tree.

Never burn your Christmas tree! The firs and pines of the trees have a lot of sap, which can explode!

You can go to Earth911 to check on curbside pick-ups and local Christmas tree recycling events.

 

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