Is recycling a waste of time?
Posted 14 June 2012 - 02:13 PM
Posted 15 June 2012 - 06:28 PM
Posted 18 June 2012 - 03:00 AM
Posted 02 July 2012 - 02:32 AM
Oil/gas to plastics and where that oil comes from.
(Hint-they are not our buddies.)
The total tonnage of trees cut down for our paper use is staggering. Cards, office paper, newspapers, product
packaging.......the list goes on. Can we guess the numbers?
These statistics will knock their socks off too.
The good news? We recycle metals at a substantial rate-saving resources.
Posted 02 July 2012 - 10:10 AM
Posted 02 July 2012 - 05:43 PM
I believe a lot of this comes from Conservative politicians and radio/tv commentators. It's easy to say "recycling doesn't work" and not have to support it with fact. You say it enough times and some people will believe it at face value.
I think it will take a change in the way we think about products. Does everything need to be made from new material? We are used to recycled paper and plastic products for some uses. We have to accept the concept that a product doesn't have to be made from new material to be safe, sanitary, and usable.
Posted 08 July 2012 - 08:55 AM
if the dog in the red umbrella insurance commercial can put items into the recycling bin-
why can't they?
Posted 08 July 2012 - 10:05 AM
Maybe we should tout recycling as an exercise regimen. Each time you walk out to the recycle bin it expends x amount of energy. You're burning calories and reducing waste (or is that waist?) all at the same time!
Posted 08 July 2012 - 12:03 PM
I've heard others say this, yet I see more and more recycled products hitting the market. So, is it true that there is too much recycled waste and no one is buying it? Or, is this an old argument that lets people gives people an out so they don't have to do it?
Almost all aluminum we use are recycled and recycling aluminum saves the environment, money and time of companies that processes them and use them. I agree with his statement but I don't think that All recycling is a waste of time. Paper recycling might be waste of time and maybe plastic but metals are still worth recycling but the basic idealogy of recycling is not to save money but to save the environment. Saving money is just one of the benefits and should not be the reason for recycling.
Posted 09 July 2012 - 03:35 AM
If they don't understand that we, as a society, community-whatever
don't have to cut down new trees because we recycle paper and cardboard, then they are too stupid to
If they don't understand that by using oil/gas from places like Iran that would love to blow us up, rather
than recycle plastic bottles, again, they're too stupid to understand anything.
And I haven't even mentioned the water used to make new products.
Posted 31 July 2012 - 11:45 PM
Posted 31 July 2012 - 11:55 PM
Wil.i.am is lending his name to the project because he wants to make recycling cool. I'm not sure why Coca Cola has joined him. Nonetheless, the first product they will create is a pair of headphones made of recycled materials. The headphones will cost $349, which are pricey, if you ask me.
Each item will have something on the label that indicates how many recycled bottles, cans, etc. went into making the product. This is to raise awareness about recycling.
The project is called Ekocycle. Here's more info.:
Posted 01 August 2012 - 02:29 PM
Anyway, I don't know about you guys, but when I'm shopping and I find out something is made of recycled materials, for some reason that makes it more desirable and fabulous to me. If I see a picture frame and find out that it's made of reclaimed barn wood, that makes me like it 30 percent more. If I'm comparing tiles, and one box of tiles has colorful bits of recycled plastic embedded in them, and the other set doesn't, I want the recycled ones even if they cost more. Recycling/upcycling really affects what I buy, even more than brand names.
By the way, isn't it amazing how they can make recycled plastic look like anything nowadays? My daughter has some crocheted sock monkeys that look like they're made of wool but the "yarn" is made of recycled water bottles. In fact she has a few stuffed cuddly toys that are made of recycled water bottles. I wonder how they do that.
Posted 02 August 2012 - 03:11 AM
If I can save a tree from being cut down, or a barrel of oil being imported from unfriendly countries, and groundwater
being contaminated from fracking to make a plastic bottle, or more strip mining for metals ores, I'll make the time.
And it sounds like everyone here agrees with that .
Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:28 AM
I found a link for it:
I really like what they are doing and I hope it succeeds. As we all have learned, you can change laws and regulations, but you really affect change when you change minds. I know that my nieces and nephews (aged 9 to 24) are far more aware about recycling and similar issues than I was at that ages. If we continue, there will be a generation that doesn't even think twice about putting their stuff in the recycling bin. To them, it will be the way it is.
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