The H2Om Water with Intention Blog
Happy Earth Day! It has come to our attention that many people are promoting being "down" with bottled water. Some have even suggested putting a ban on it. When asked why, people generally say that it's the plastic. The use of petroleum, and the plastic in the landfills. Well, here is something to consider, only one third of one percent of the plastic in land fills is bottled water. The rest is plastic from everyday items such as shampoo bottles, make up, razors, detergent, deodorant, office supplies, cleansers, toys, etc, etc. etc. and the list truly goes on and on and on.
Do we put a ban on toys? Do we put a ban on deodorant? Shampoo? Toothbrushes? It seems that the REAL problem is that people are not informed. And by that we mean informed of where they can recycle, or how very important recycling is. (you can click on the sustainability drop down menu of our site to find a recycling center near you) some cities even have recycling bins as part of the weekly trash pick up. Which is great. But also consider the other drinks people drink. Soda (plastic), Smart Water (plastic), Vitamin Water (plastic), Juice (plastic), Milk (plastic), and the list goes on and on... do we ban all of these too?
The answer is simple...
At H2Om water, we are doing our part by bottling our water in 100% recycled material. Regenerate™ is a safe 100% recyclable, no leach, BPA-free, reusable PET1 container. And we do not use foreign virgin resources like petroleum in the process. We are also doing our part by providing our customers with eco-resources and education, places to recycle, easy tips to create a better sustainable healthy lifestyle.
We wish tap water was cleaner, but unfortunately most city water has residual traces of pharmaceuticals, birth control pills, lead, rocket fuel, fluoride, chloramines, and the list goes on, and most over the counter filters don't remove all those. That's the sole reason we provide natural spring water, so people can count on having a clean source of fresh pure water. If you have great clean tap water, then we recommend using a refillable container. (you can also get one here on our site) They can last a lifetime! All of our products are BPA-free, no leach, and 100% recyclable (including our refillables) , so if you choose to throw them away, all you have to do it put them in the recycling and you are doing your part, too.
Our hopes are to provide a resource for you whether it be on where to recycle, or where to get clean water, or where to pick up products which encourage you to live from a healthy lifestyle that incorporates putting your attention to creating intention in your life. It can lead to a happier healthier life, and mother earth and the children of tomorrow will thank you, too!
Lex Lang and Sandy Fox
What can you do? and What do you know?
Well, I went online and looked around for some great Recycling tips. the following are from www.earth911.com a great site for learning about cool earth related tips!
Many people assume that pizza boxes are recyclable. In fact, most boxes have recycling symbols on them and are traditionally made from corrugated cardboard. They are, in and of themselves, recyclable. However, what makes parts of them non-recyclable is the hot, tasty treat that comes inside them, specifically, the grease and cheese from pizza that soil the cardboard..
The easiest remedy for this problem is to cut or tear out the soiled portions of your pizza boxes and trash them. For example, you can tear the top of the box off, recycle that and throw away the bottom part containing the grease. If the entire box is grease-free, the whole box can be recycled with a guilt-free conscience. Another option to recycling cardboard is to compost it, although the grease rule still applies here as well.
Keys, keys and more keys. We have keys for our front door, our cars, filing cabinets and more. And most of us are guilty of throwing them in a junk drawer or tossing them in a box in the garage when we move or change locks.
Keys For Kindness is a small, family-run program designed to raise money through metal key recycling for the Multiple Sclerosis society. Though the shipping expenditure is on your own dime, we’re sure the good karma will be worthwhile.
According to ReCORK America, there are 13 billion natural cork wine stoppers sold in the world market each year, most of which end up in the landfill. It takes approximately 300,000 wine corks to yield a ton of cork for recycling into new product.
Whole Foods Market announced on April 6 that it is implementing a company-wide wine cork recycling program that will be available throughout its 292 store locations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. In partnership with , Whole Foods will set up designated drop boxes for recycling wine corks in its stores. Wine corks can be made into flooring tiles, building insulation, footwear, automotive gaskets, bulletin boards, packaging materials, soil conditioner and sports equipment.
The challenge with recycling trophies is that most of the modern awards are made of molded plastic that is dyed to look like precious metals. This also includes the base, although it may appear to be marble or wood.
Total Awards & Promotions, Inc. has created a trophy recycling program to benefit charities. Through a mail-in program, the company’s Madison, Wisc. headquarters recycles your defunct awards or re-engraves and donates them to nonprofit organizations. One of many trophy recycling programs offered nationwide, the company also manufacturers its own awards made of recycled glass and newsprint.
Each day, more than 120,000 pounds of crayons are produced in the U.S. alone. With drop-off bins nationwide and a mail-back option, the program accepts unwanted and broken crayons for recycling into new crayons.
Most schools and community organizations will accept unbroken crayons for use in their art programs. But there is also a National Crayon Recycle Program operated by Crazy Crayons, LLC. The recycling program has diverted more than 47,000 pounds of crayons from landfills. If you’re looking for a bit of creativity, you can even make your own candles from crayons.
Made of plastic #6 expanded polystyrene, foam peanuts are extremely lightweight (made of about 98 percent air). Therefore, they are usually not accepted in curbside programs due to contamination issues. EPS takes up 0.01 percent of the total municipal solid waste stream by weight, but its volume is a greater problem than its weight. It takes up space in landfills and doesn’t biodegrade.
The easiest way to reuse packaging peanuts is in another package you need to ship. You can also donate them to UPS or other shipping stores, who will gladly reuse the material. Not sure where to go? Call the automated, 24-hour Peanut Hot line at 800-828-2214 to find a site near your residence that will reuse them.
A large portion of the used motor oil collected is reprocessed into fuel that is burned in furnaces, turbines, power plants and manufacturing facilities to provide heat and electricity. Two gallons of used motor oil can generate enough electricity to power the average home for one day; cook 48 meals in a microwave oven; blow dry a person’s hair at least 216 times; vacuum a house for 15 months and watch television for 7.5 days straight
Nationally, there are more than 12,000 community-based used oil collection locations provided by either your local government or private businesses such as auto parts stores or service stations.
CDs & DVDs
As of September 2009, Apple has sold 220 million iPods, and users have downloaded more than 8.5 billion songs from iTunes. To put that in perspective, that’s the equivalent of 85 million CDs that would have been made. CDs contain three main components: plastic, metals and ink.
Those little plastic CD cases are made from plastic #6 polystyrene, and may be accepted in your curbside program. But if that isn’t an option, two excellent resources for disc disposal are Back Thru the Future and the CD Recycling Center of America. While you pay the shipping costs, there is no recycling fee at either of these organizations. If you just can’t bear to part ways with your cases, we found some odd, fun reuse ideas for your CD cases.
That foam to-go box from last night’s dinner is made from polystyrene (or plastic #6). Because the material is so lightweight (comprised of 97 percent air), it is easily carried by wind and water currents to all reaches of our planet, and its unsinkable nature makes it a main component of marine debris.
Most curbside programs do not accept foam to-go containers. Some cities have even instituted bans on to-go packaging in an effort to cut waste. But a growing number of shipping retailers will recycle or reuse your packaging materials, such as UPS, Mail Boxes Etc., Postal Annex and Fed Ex/Kinkos. Also, the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers offers a mail-back program to U.S. residents. Postage costs will apply.