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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Infographic Friday: Lead in Toys

Infographic Friday: Lead in Toys

Lead poisoning shows no obvious symptoms but with prolonged exposure of lead it can affect a child’s brain, nervous system, heart, and red blood cells. In some extreme cases lead poisoning can cause seizures, comas and death. Children between the ages of 1-6 are at risk of being diagnosed with lead poisoning because they spend majority of their time on the floor putting their hands, toys and other objects in their mouths. Since lead poisoning shows no outer symptoms the only way to find out the amount of lead in your child’s system is to go to a doctor and get a blood test especially if your child has the habit of chewing their toys.

The United States banned the use of lead in children’s products, house paint, children’s toys and household dishes in 1978. However the importation from other countries that still use lead paint and plastics for various products still exists. In recent years the United States has limited the concentration of lead in children’s toys, furniture and other products to .009% (90 parts per million) in lead paint and any other similar surface coating. The only exception is bicycles which are required to have no more than 300ppm of total lead content. Other items such as jewelry, key chains and charms may also contain lead. Swallowing any of these items can also lead to acute lead poisoning or death.

There are in-home lead tests available that can help parents test their children’s toys. It’s not entirely reliable since it can only detect high amounts of lead on the surface but cannot detect lows amount of lead below the surface.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) has released Trouble in Toyland, the complete list of 2013 toys deemed dangerous for small children. Click the link below to view the news report and list of toys deemed dangerous:

http://www.coloradonewsday.com/national/30019-2013-list-of-dangerous-toys-sends-warning-to-parents-this-christmas.html

Dolphin Blue sells toys that are produced without lead paint as they are made without any external coating.  They are also made in the USA!

Just click on the link below to go directly to our toy page:

http://www.dolphinblue.com/made-in-the-usa-green-toys-eco-friendly-children-toys.html

If your child’s toy has been recalled remove the item from the child immediately.

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Infographic Friday: Buy American, Create Jobs

It’s a mathematical fact. If we all buy just 5% more US made products we will create a MILLION new jobs. Click here to read an important message from Dolphin Blue Founder and CEO, Tom Kemper, then click here to learn about the Million Jobs Project and start making a change today!

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Infographic Friday: Earth Laughs in Flowers

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American writer who lived during the 1800′s. He led a movement called Transcendentalism, a philosophy he wrote about in his published essay titled “Nature”. He wrote that the foundation of his philosophy is based on a deep appreciation of nature and he believed that we can only truly understand reality by studying our environment and spending time outside. Emerson thought that spending time alone in nature was the best way to come to truly understand and appreciate the beauty that the Earth brings.

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