According to reports from the Ocean Conservancy, there were more than 10 million pounds of trash littering our coasts last year. The nation’s coastlines were covered in an array of items: cigarettes, food wrappers and containers, plastic bottles and bags, caps, lids, eating utensils, straws and stirrers, glass bottles, cans and paper bags, mattresses, even kitchen sinks!
Trash littering the coast can eventually end up in our oceans, affecting the wildlife we care about and the ecosystems that they depend on. But we can do something about it. Pledge to fight trash today and follow some of the simple tips below to do your part for a better tomorrow.
Between Denver and The Rocky Mountains of Colorado sits the quaint city of Golden, home of MillerCoors, the largest brewery in America. Back in 1873, Adolph Coors chose the site to brew his famous beer because of the high quality Rocky Mountain spring water available in the area. And now, MillerCoors has entered into sustainability history books as the first brewery of its size to become landfill-free.
Nothing says “welcome back to the work week” quite like an extra long line at your favorite coffee shop on Monday morning. This could brighten your day: get a discount by bringing in your own reusable coffee mug or tumbler. To curb the excessive waste caused by all the disposable coffee cups they sell, many coffee shops offer discounts to their eco-conscious customers. Check out the infographic below to learn more and contact your local coffee hangout to find out what kind of discount you can get by bringing in your own cup. The savings for your pocket book AND the environment can really add up.
All but 4% of the trash produced in Sweden bypasses the landfill and is either recycled or used as fuel in their waste-to-energy programs. Sweden is able to generate 20% of the energy they need to heat the country and also provide electricity for 250,000 homes. They’re so successful in their recycling and waste-to-energy programs, they’re actually running out of trash.
Sweden has begun to import tons of trash from neighboring countries in order to gather burnable waste so they can incinerate it and create energy. Countries like Norway are paying them to take their waste, since it’s more expensive for the Norwegians to burn the trash in their own country and they lack recycling programs.
Waste-to-energy initiatives have been introduced in Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, and Lithuania. In the USA, 67% of our waste ends up in landfills. Hopefully someday, we can follow in the eco-friendly footsteps of our European friends.
Have you ever wondered how paper recycling actually works? Check out the infographic below and see how your daily recycling efforts are making a real difference.
Dolphin Blue has been a big fan of recycled paper since the 90’s. (Remember the 90’s? Good times.) We pride ourselves in the fact that our papers contain a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled content, with many of our paper options repping a 100% post-consumer content stamp. In other words, Dolphin Blue offers “tree free” paper. Yes, we love the environment.
The hand-built shelfing system, where we’ll plug in our laptops, store our books, and house our music and audio, has just been completed. Brad’s team has done an exceptional job with the detail finish work and trim, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the craftsmanship of our shelving system.
It’s simply wonderful, and a total joy to watch our tiny house as it approaches completion.
The wood being used to build the cabinetry, window trim, the ship ladder to the loft space, countertops, shelves and all other interior and exterior details is longleaf pine, reclaimed from a tear-down, slated for demolition due to highway expansion through Luling, Texas. Estimated age of the wood is approximately 100 years.
Our tiny house is taking on its character, a character with the energy of its ancestors.
The ceiling boards are reclaimed from a home built in the 1860’s, the wainscot bead board from another home constructed in the 1880’s, the door from a home welcoming those who entered through during the 1850’s to 1860’s.